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Williams Tower

2800 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston TX United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1982
  Finished1983
Floor Count64
Floor Area148,644 m²
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - postmodern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof901 ft

Description
• Architects: Phillip Johnson and John Burgee, Morris-Aubry Architects.

• Structural Engineer: CBM Engineers Inc.
• Owner: Hines Interests LP.
• Ex-Owner: Transco Companies Inc.
• Light planner: Claude R. Engle, Lighting Consultant.
• Constructors: D.E. Harvey Builders, Peterson Brothers Steel Erection Company, Peterson Beckner Industries.
• Others: Dee Brown Inc., J.A. Jones Inc., Northstar Fire Protection.
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• Cost: US$ 300 millions.

• Earlier named for its major tenant, Transco Energy corporation. The building was sold to williams in 1995, but the name continued to be the same for more 4 years. Only in 1999, This name was changed 1999 after Hines, the building's owner, agreed to change the name after buying it. Once again, is named of its major tenant, the Williams energy company, with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But the building is still known as "the Transco" by long-time Houston residents. In the spring of 2008, Hines again purchased the Tower for US$ 300 millions, although is insured by US$ 500 millions.

• In the issue of Texas Monthly magazine of December 1999 was named "Skyscraper of the Century".

• This building functions as two separate towers of 32 stories stacked one on another. They each have separate parking, lobbies, and elevators.

• It is widely speculated to be the tallest building outside of a central business district, depending on how CBD's are defined.

• There is a 3-acre park at the South of the building with a large fountain, which is a stunning work of hydraulic engineering, called the "Waterwall", also Transco Fountain, designed by the building's architects with Richard Fitzgerald & Partners.

• A revolving becon at its top of 7,000 watt bulb, sweeps the night sky over the Galleria area.

• This tower was constructed in only 16 months, impressive record for such height.

• The building was in a joke of 1985 at April Fools' Day from the former Houston Post newspaper, which a doctored photo of a giant ape climbing its side.

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