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Old December 6th, 2013, 05:15 PM   #221
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Old December 13th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #222
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Piedmont Office Realty Trust to break ground on office building in Energy Corridor



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Atlanta-based Piedmont Office Realty Trust is adding another office building to the fast-growing Energy Corridor on the west side.

The company plans to develop Enclave Place, a 302,000-square-foot, 11-story building in the Enclave business park. The property will be built before securing a tenant.

The building will be built on a 4.7-acre site just north of Piedmont’s 1430 Enclave Parkway building. The project is south of Interstate 10 and between North Eldridge Parkway and Briar Forest Drive.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March, with completion targeted in the second quarter of 2015.

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Old December 13th, 2013, 04:52 PM   #223
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Developer to ramp up tenant amenities in new downtown tower



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An executive at Hines, which recently developed 811 Main, also known as BG Group Place, said the company took a similar amenity package but brought it up several notches. “We’ve taken this building and reacted to what tenants are looking for,” project manager Philip Croker said at the company’s offices at 811 Main.

For the new building, that means a much larger gym, a 35,000-square-foot green roof with more places to sit and more trees to provide shade, and three times as much retail space than what’s in 811 Main. The lobby, too, will be designed to encourage tenants to interact or work on laptops, with more seating areas.

Croker said there’s been interest by tenants to lease the space, but this time of year is usually slow. The company is seeking rents in the mid-$30 per square foot per year range.

A crane is set to go up in about a week to start dismantling the Texas Tower, an empty building that’s being removed on the site.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #224
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102-Story Supertall: New info? We should hear more by Summer 2014; it will be taller than the one planned for Dallas.

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"The Houston planning commission recently has been reported of a 102 story mixed use tower including hotel, residential, and minor office component. The tower is allegedly between 1,200-1,400 feet. The developer has yet to submit his bid on the tower but is actively in the conceptual phases for it. They're looking to next year for further information on it."
"You got it right, it's still in the discussion phase. They're waiting until next year to negotiate the tax increments Downtown with city hall and formally submitting their bid to the planning commission, if that's the route they want to go with their development.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...planned/page-5
No location as of yet other than "downtown". Could be Block 142, the infamous site of the failed Bank of The Southwest Tower in 1983...
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Old December 16th, 2013, 05:58 AM   #225
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Old December 16th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #226
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If the 102-story super-tall does come into fruition, we would reclaim some titles and gain news ones. Including:

- The tallest in Houston and in Texas (duh)
- The tallest west of the Mississippi
- The tallest outside of NYC and Chicago
- The 5th building at or above 100-floors in the U.S
- The 1st building at or above 100-floors outside of NYC and Chicago in the U.S
- The tallest mixed-use tower in the U.S
- In the top 5 or top 10 list of tallest mixed-use towers in the world.
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If the 102-story super-tall does come into fruition, we would reclaim some titles and gain news ones. Including:

- The tallest in Houston and in Texas (duh)
- The tallest west of the Mississippi
- The tallest outside of NYC and Chicago
- The 5th building at or above 100-floors in the U.S
- The 1st building at or above 100-floors outside of NYC and Chicago in the U.S
- The tallest mixed-use tower in the U.S
- In the top 5 or top 10 list of tallest mixed-use towers in the world.
This project will probably not even crack the top 20 spot worldwide when its finished.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:02 AM   #228
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This project will probably not even crack the top 20 spot worldwide when its finished.
No one said it would.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:07 AM   #229
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Looks like the new 60 story Chevron tower that is proposed for downtown Houston may become a supertall!
http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/h...17#entry443128
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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:56 AM   #230
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609 Main at Texas: New Rendering



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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #231
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I really like that pyramidal cutout at the base.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #232
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Office building to replace Galleria-area wedding venue



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Construction is expected to start early next year on a 13-story office building in the Galleria that will be marketed to tenants looking for “luxury” space and an “exclusive address,” brokerage firm Jones Lang LaSalle announced Wednesday.

The 135,000-square-foot building will be developed at 1885 St. James Place, where the Courtyard on St. James Place now stands. The special events venue has for years hosted weddings, banquets and business functions.

The new building is expected to open in early 2015.

“Upper-level floors will feature exterior balconies and decorative masonry that will complement the sophisticated look of the limestone aggregate block window wall,” Jones Lang LaSalle’s Chris Dekker said in a statement. The firm will be marketing the building, which will be developed by Nelson Murphree Legacy Partners LLC.

Houston-based Jackson & Ryan Architects is the architect and Tellepsen Builders is the general contractor.

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Old January 5th, 2014, 06:23 AM   #233
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Updates by Jax on HAIF - 1/3

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4306 Yoakum
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2929 Weslayan
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Old January 8th, 2014, 02:08 PM   #234
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A Building of Many Faces: The Best Views Yet of Hines’s Market Square Apartment Tower and Its Downtown Headlight



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Old January 14th, 2014, 06:20 PM   #235
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I see Houston sneaking into the list on foreign investment.

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Old January 14th, 2014, 08:14 PM   #236
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I saw this chart somewhere else aswell, but was wondering why would Houston be considered a good investment? Houses are cheap and there's unlimited land to build on, plus property taxes are high compared to other states (correct me If I'm wrong), so why Houston?
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Old January 15th, 2014, 02:06 AM   #237
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Old January 16th, 2014, 05:08 PM   #238
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I saw this chart somewhere else aswell, but was wondering why would Houston be considered a good investment? Houses are cheap and there's unlimited land to build on, plus property taxes are high compared to other states (correct me If I'm wrong), so why Houston?
The corporate climate of Texas in general? The most business friendly state in the country? Houston is the 4th largest city (metro) in the US. People are moving here in droves. Plenty of reasons!
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Old January 18th, 2014, 12:26 AM   #239
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A new Hotel ZaZa is rising in Houston: Luxury outpost will be Whole Foods' neighbor in snazzy, new complex

With its Gateway Memorial City development officially open, development firm MetroNational is teaming up with two notable Texas brands on another nearby project.

A new Hotel ZaZa and a new Whole Foods will anchor a new mixed-use center on a currently vacant parcel owned by the developer at the southwest corner of I-10 and Bunker Hill Road, a source close to the project tells CultureMap.

Renderings posted on the Houston Architecture Information Forum reveal a 12-story apartment tower surrounded by a seven-level building housing a Whole Foods and additional retail areas. On top of the grocery store portion appears to be space for a hotel, including a large pool deck with views facing west. This will be the site of the new Hotel ZaZa, the second one in Houston and third in Texas.

Dallas-based architects Humphreys & Partners prepared the drawings, according to the forum post.

More than two years ago, Swamplot unearthed MetroNational's plans to create a so-called "Lifestyle Tract" across much of the I-10 block from Bunker Hill to Memorial City Way. At the time, a preliminary site map carved out a large "future development" corner lot now reserved for the upcoming mixed-use project.

The development firm has demolished buildings on the far Bunker Hill portion of the block — including an aging strip center, a Spec's and a Shipley Donuts — as it built a LEED-certified office mid-rise for Nexen Petroleum at the southeast corner in 2012. The developer also owns the Fountains at Memorial City apartments west of Nexen as well as office towers on the block's two western corners.

MetroNational's other area holdings include the Memorial City Mall as well as towers on Gessner Road for Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Westin hotel.

An employee of a nearby MetroNational affiliated business tells CultureMap that staff had been informed about the forthcoming grocery store complex, but not specifically the hospitality component.

Meanwhile, Hotel Zaza president Benji Homsey neither confirms nor denies involvement in the mixed-use project, saying only that there is "nothing to report." Both MetroNational and Whole Foods did not return requests for comment.

Article: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/r...nazzy-complex/

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Old January 21st, 2014, 03:57 PM   #240
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Downtown tower gets green endorsement

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It still hasn’t broken ground, but Skanska’s Capitol Tower planned for the site of the now-vacant Houston Club building has received LEED V4 Platinum pre-certification, the newest version of green building standards from the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council.

The design is the first in Houston — and one of just a few in the United States — to receive the designation, New York-based Skanska USA Commercial Development said in a recent announcement.

The developer detailed the building’s sustainable features:
•a high-performance building fašade that significantly reduces solar gain;
•daylight harvesting technology that can significantly reduce energy usage;
•90 percent access to daylight and views for tenants;
•a garage with occupancy lighting sensors and a green rooftop;
•alternative vehicle charging stations;
•a rainwater collection system for reuse in landscape irrigation and water closets;
•bicycle racks, lockers and showers to encourage commuting.

The tower, which will be built at 808 Capitol, was designed by Gensler to include 750,000 square feet of high-end office space. Plans for the site include a two-level, open-air lobby connecting the street with the tunnel system.

“Skanska made it clear from the beginning of the design process that they wanted this to be the most sustainable building in Houston,” Gensler principal Kristopher Stuart said in a statement. “We really pushed our team to move beyond anything we have done before to create a building that offers an exceptional work environment in a high-performance envelope that will dramatically reduce operating costs. The design also places an extraordinary emphasis on public spaces and pedestrian experiences which we believe will greatly enhance and enrich Houston’s urban fabric.

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