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Cory Sep 22, 2019 12:13 AM


Originally Posted by Dariusb (Post 8694116)
I read on city-data that the high speed rail between Dallas and Houston is one step to moving forward.

The Best Forumer Sep 23, 2019 8:03 PM


Originally Posted by Dariusb (Post 8694116)
I read on city-data that the high speed rail between Dallas and Houston is one step to moving forward.

yeah... something like that...

Urbannizer Sep 24, 2019 11:52 PM

Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan

Set to be revealed October 26th


The Best Forumer Sep 25, 2019 3:30 PM

looks like a spaceship crashed there...

Cory Sep 30, 2019 1:36 AM

Houston developer to break ground on Galleria-area condo tower next year


Houston-based Pelican Builders Inc. opened the sales center for its new condominium tower near the Galleria area and Tanglewood neighborhood on Sept. 6 and already sold five units as of Sept. 27.

There will be a total of 67 units in the 17-story tower — dubbed The Hawthorne, named for "Tanglewood Tales" author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Houston-based Ludlow & Associates Construction will break ground on The Hawthorne in the first quarter of 2020, according to a Sept. 27 press release.

Cory Sep 30, 2019 9:34 PM

Developers share details on Montrose Collective, relocation of Freed-Montrose library


The Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library could find a new home within an upcoming development near the 800 block of Westheimer Road.

The development, known as Montrose Collective, will consist of two mixed-use buildings with space for offices and retail as well a potential new location of the Freed-Montrose Library, Steve Radom, founder of real estate development firm Radom Capital, told residents at a public meeting Sept. 26.

Cory Sep 30, 2019 9:57 PM

25-story apartment tower breaks ground in new Memorial City mixed-use project

Construction crews have broken ground on a new mixed-use development in west Houston, which will boast a 25-story apartment tower and a nine-story office building.

MN/WI Oct 2, 2019 11:40 PM

The Galleria condo looks great. What's the 2 twin towers in the background. For some reason they remind me of The Colony in Dallas.

JManc Oct 3, 2019 1:59 AM


Originally Posted by MN/WI (Post 8705450)
The Galleria condo looks great. What's the 2 twin towers in the backgrounpd. For some reason they remind me of The Colony in Dallas.

40 story Four Leaf Towers designed by Cesar Pelli ca. 1984.

Wattleigh Oct 3, 2019 3:38 PM


Kimpton Hotels to open first Houston property in Midtown
By Nancy Sarnoff

Published 9:36 am CDT, Thursday, October 3, 2019

Boutique hotel company Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced plans Thursday to open its first project in Houston as part of a multi-block development under way in Midtown.

The San Francisco-based operator of more than 60 hotels worldwide will partner with Australian developer Caydon on the project, which could open at the end of 2022.

The Houston hotel will have 204 guest rooms, a restaurant and café, a rooftop pool and bar and more than 14,000 square feet of meeting space, Kimpton said.

"Houston is the ideal place to expand our Texas footprint," Kimpton CEO Mike DeFrino said in an announcement. "Midtown is quickly solidifying its place as the heart of the city, and its diverse cosmopolitan vibe fits perfectly with Kimpton's brand of hospitality."

Laneways, named after the pedestrian alleys of Melbourne, is Caydon's multi-phase residential, hospitality and retail complex slated for three blocks bounded by Tuam, Main, Fannin and McGowen.

Caydon recently opened its first tower there, Drewery Place, a $200 million, 27-story apartment building.

Last month, a Caydon spokeswoman said the next phase of Laneways would be a combination boutique hotel with apartments. That building, she said, could be as tall as 48 stories.

gclass Oct 4, 2019 6:11 AM

TexasPlaya Oct 5, 2019 2:17 AM

"As tall as 48 stories" would be a nice addition to midtown.

TexasPlaya Oct 5, 2019 2:31 AM

Big Prediction: By The End Of The Year, Downtown's Sublease Glut Will Be Gone

Read more at:


Sublease space, long plaguing the Downtown Houston office sector, is in line for some serious absorption, according to the discussion at Bisnow’s Future of Downtown event.

“One thing that's not known yet, we’re working on documents which will definitely help the actual market but also the psychology behind it,” Cushman & Wakefield Executive Vice Chairman Tim Relyea said. “All the sublease hangover that we've been working on, One Shell, BG Group Place, Hess. We’re working on documents on almost all of that. So by the end of the year, all the sublease hangover is going to be gone. So that will be a major plus for downtown and be very helpful.”

Combined, those three assignments represent an estimated 1.3M SF of sublease space. Individually, they are some of the largest available blocks. Total sublease space for the entire Houston market sits at 9.1M SF, the majority of which is in the Class-A market with 7.5M SF available, according to Transwestern. With Downtown responsible for 2.3M SF of that sublease space total, completing deals on those spaces could have an outsized effect, reducing Downtown’s sublease availability by over 56%.

Exactly who the tenants are and other details related to the deals can’t be confirmed until the deals close....

Good news if most of those deals come to fruition. Hopefully they aren't a bunch of WeWork and their copy cats...

KevinFromTexas Oct 6, 2019 12:06 PM

MetroNational breaks ground on Memorial City mixed-use project

TexasPlaya Oct 8, 2019 12:45 AM

Phase 1 Apartments Menil Expansion
from hindesky @ HAIF

8 story apartments facing Richmond per houstontexasjack @ HAIF . It would seem this is phase 1 of a 4 phase mixed use project that is part of a larger Menil Expansion.

Urbannizer Oct 8, 2019 6:33 AM

Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan


Utile worked with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), and HR&A Advisors to develop a visionary master plan for the East Sector of the Buffalo Bayou, between Downtown Houston and the Port Houston Turning Basin.

The eastern stretch of the Bayou is lined with both active and derelict industrial sites that separate the surrounding neighborhoods of the Greater East End, Fifth Ward, and Denver Harbor from the water. BBP sought the development of a master plan for Buffalo Bayou East that would create a resilient recreational landscape of trails and parks that is both authentic to the surrounding neighborhoods and allows existing residents to remain in place and benefit from future developments.

Utile was subcontracted by MVVA to design conceptual plans for select sites not intended for future use as parks. At Lockwood South, Utile interwove a plan composed of both single- and multifamily building types with public green spaces of various scales, including a public promenade providing direct access to waterfront parkland for visitors to create a regional destination. The principles of this plan were developed into design guidelines that will shape the development of other riverfront sites in the sector.

At Turkey Bend, Utile designed a conceptual plan for the adaptive reuse of an interconnected warehouse and barge terminal as a combination of incubator and event spaces. A portion of the roof is removed to create an internal courtyard that provides public access to the Bayou below.

DBGHouston Oct 8, 2019 5:56 PM

Houston philanthropist to fund Jones Plaza remake
By Hannah Dellinger October 7, 2019


The transformation of long-dormant Jones Plaza — an empty block of concrete platforms in the Theater District once likened to a public restroom — will be complete within two years thanks to a $10 million donation from one of Houston’s most powerful supporters of the arts.

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday announced that Jones Plaza will become the Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts by 2021. Wyatt, the famed socialite and philanthropist who has supported the arts in Houston for decades, made the contribution to a $29 million revitalization project.

photo: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Urbannizer Oct 9, 2019 5:28 PM

Check out H-E-B’s new Buffalo Heights grocery store


H-E-B on Wednesday opened its Buffalo Heights supermarket, the San Antonio-based grocer's first in a mixed-use development.

The 96,000-square-foot store occupies the ground floor of Buffalo Heights, a seven-story apartment, office and retail complex at the corner of Washington and Heights. The store features an expanded prepared food section with grab-and-go meals, rotisserie chicken, sushi, poke bowls and a 15-foot-long salad bar.

H-E-B Buffalo Heights, 3663 Washington, has an urban feel with brick, tile and wood accents, as well as neon and traffic-inspired signage. The full-sized store features a Roastery Coffee Kitchen, a wine- and beer-tasting counter, a bakery and tortilleria, florist, live kitchen demonstrations, an expanded health and bulk food aisle and a pharmacy. It also will offer curbside pick-up as well as home delivery through Favor, Shipt and Instacart.

Urbannizer Oct 9, 2019 10:04 PM

Texas Tower can be seen here: Skyline Over Sesquicentennial Park by Mabry Campbell, on Flickr

gclass Oct 9, 2019 10:49 PM


When a new downtown park opens, it will have a café from by a familiar company.

La Vie de St Concepts, the owner of Tout Suite in East Downtown and Sweet in CityCentre, will operate a café tentatively called Tout Suite SoDo — SoDo being short for Southern Downtown. The café, along with the rest of the park, will break ground March 2020 and will open March 2021.

The park park will occupy three-fourths of a block bounded by Bell, San Jacinto, Leeland and Fannin streets in the southern portion of downtown Houston. The property currently is about three blocks northwest of the Toyota Center and two blocks southwest of the mixed-used development GreenStreet.

Last November, Houston’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority selected local firm Lauren Griffith Associates to lead the design of the park. Other companies working on the park include Gensler providing architectural services for the café, storage building and other structures; Gandy2 Lighting Design providing lighting services; Kuo & Associates providing civil engineering; and Waterscape Consultants providing water feature engineering. A contractor has not been selected yet.
Southern downtown park

Owner Anne Le describes the Tout Suite concept as an “European-style café and bakery.” The counter-service café serves coffee, pastries, food and desserts. Food will be similar to the original Tout Suite, with some more grab-and-go offerings.

Le and her team were chosen through a request for proposal process; nine total businesses applied to have a restaurant at the space.

“After a thorough RFP process, we are overjoyed to announce the selection of Tout Suite as the café operator for the new Southern Downtown Park,” Bob Eury, president of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, which is developing the park, said in a release. “It was important to us to find a team adept at creating spaces that appeal to a wide range of customers, from students to professionals, from locals to out-of-towners. (Tout Suite's) unique vision, energy and menu, not to mention their mouth-watering macarons, will be catalytic to this emerging neighborhood.”

Tout Suite SoDo will be 2,400 square feet, with indoor seating for 56 guests and outdoor seating for 40 guests. Le estimates she will have a team of at least 20.

“We are in East Downtown right now, (and we’ll be) in the heart of downtown, blocks away from Toyota Center,” Le said. “To be a part of a park, a new park at that, was what was most exciting to us, I think.”

Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications with the DRA, said that a food and beverage option is desperately needed for the area, which is largely parking lots. Tout Suite SoDo will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be no other businesses at the park.

gclass Oct 9, 2019 11:18 PM


Groundbreaking scheduled for retail piece of Allen Parkway mixed-use project

By Jeff Jeffrey – Reporter, Houston Business Journal

Developers behind The Allen, a high-end mixed-use development planned for a 6-acre tract off Allen Parkway, have announced an official groundbreaking date for the first phase of the retail portion of the project.

While crews are already working to excavate the site, Houston-based DC Partners has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for Nov. 6. The ceremony will celebrate the start of construction on The Allen's Pavilion portion, which will offer space for retail and dining establishments.

The Pavilion will be one of the key amenities at the $454 million development.

The Allen development is anchored by a 34-story tower dubbed The Residences at The Allen. The first 14 floors of the tower will operate as a hotel overseen by Hyatt Corp.’s boutique subsidiary, Thompson Hotels. The remaining floors will be composed of 99 luxury condo units, with a starting price of about $1 million. Units on the penthouse level will start at $2.6 million.

DC Partners broke ground on the tower earlier this year. Preleasing for condos in the building opened in June.

The Allen development will also include an office component.

Construction of a 3,000-square-foot sales center wrapped up in June. The $500,000 sales gallery includes full-size, functional representations of two different kitchen options, bathrooms and closets, as well as on-site samples of finish materials from which buyers can choose to customize their new home.

The centerpiece of the gallery is a 3D software program that allows viewers to take a virtual tour of the entire complex, including inside individual condo units. The program even allows viewers to select various finish options to get an idea of what they would look like once installed.
The Residences at The Allen

DC Partners President and CEO Roberto Contreras has said The Allen aims to provide an ultra-luxury blend of live-work-play space along Allen Parkway, one of Houston’s fastest-growing areas. Contreras has also touted the area's easy access to downtown, the Theater District and Buffalo Bayou Park.

In fact, a number of Houston-area real estate professionals have attributed the boom in development along Allen Parkway to the completion of a $54 million renovation of Buffalo Bayou Park.

Not far from The Allen development, Houston-based Midway Cos. is wrapping up development of phase one of another mixed-use development. Buffalo Heights, which is owned by BKR Memorial II, a private company owned by the Russell and Glenda Gordy family, is anchored by a new H-E-B location, which opened on Oct. 9.

Urbannizer Oct 10, 2019 2:56 AM

The RO: Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby - 3120 Buffalo Speedway

Urbannizer Oct 10, 2019 3:14 AM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 8676986)
The Founders District

Phase II to The Cannon, a coworking space near Beltway 8 in west Houston. Multifamily, hotel, office & retail.

This project has grown in size, latest idea:


gclass Oct 11, 2019 8:10 PM

^^^ another COOL rendition of CAFE SODO...

Urbannizer Oct 15, 2019 6:04 AM

Houston Methodist North Campus Expansion Phase III - Texas Medical Center

Our first look at Phase III (right)

The Mary Gibbs Jones Building will be demolished to make way for the next expansion phase.

Urbannizer Oct 15, 2019 9:14 PM

1101 Main St. - Downtown

70's cladding on this small structure is being peeled off, unearthing its original state.

4411 Dallas St. - former Christ The Redeemer Church: East end

Former church is being converted into apartments.
Untitled by HoustonEado, on Flickr
Untitled by HoustonEado, on Flickr

JManc Oct 15, 2019 9:31 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 8717937)
1101 Main St. - Downtown

70's cladding on this small structure is being peeled off, unearthing its original state.

Now just get rid of the corner store.

Cory Oct 16, 2019 4:18 AM

It’s about time. I also still can’t believe Main and Prarie is still a parking lot.

The Best Forumer Oct 17, 2019 9:59 PM

why what happened?

Wattleigh Oct 18, 2019 4:13 AM

This could be big - Skanska buys a full block downtown, as well as parts of two other adjacent blocks.

Press Release:


Skanska invests in land in downtown Houston, Texas for $55 million
Press release
10/17/2019 8:00 AM EST

Skanska has purchased four land parcels, including one full city block, totaling about 14,200 square meters in downtown Houston, Texas. The seller is a private citizen. The total investment amounts to $55 million.

Located adjacent to Discovery Green, these four sites are in Houston’s Central Business District and Skanska plans to develop a mix of office, multi-family and retail for the local community.
On HAIF, the specific parcels were identified...


This is all of block 251, and portions of blocks 275 and 276.

HCAD currently shows ownership as MIPS Investments / MIPS Parking.
Block 251 is LaBranch/Dallas/Austin/Lamar - All parking, catty corner to Discovery Green

Block 275 is Austin/Polk/Caroline/Dallas - Half of which is already occupied by Marlowe, a couple of bars & Houston City Tours.

Block 276 is LaBranch/Polk/Austin/Dallas - All parking, but catty corner to Toyota Center

Urbannizer Oct 18, 2019 7:27 AM

IAH to break ground on expanded international terminal


Bush Intercontinental Airport will begin redeveloping its international terminal on Friday, a project years in the making that will ultimately increase Houston’s capacity for wide-body jets capable of reaching new international destinations.

The $1.23 billion project essentially combines Terminal D and Terminal E into one terminal with a central area to house the ticket counters, security checkpoint and baggage claim. Today, international travelers departing on foreign airlines go to Terminal D, and international travelers on Chicago-based United Airlines go to Terminal E.

The project also includes six new gates for wide-body aircraft, such as the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 777 or 787 Dreamliner, bringing the total to 13 widebody gates on the north side of the new international terminal and six wide-body gates on the south of the terminal, plus additional room for narrower, single-aisle aircraft.

The expansion will allow the airport to continue adding international airlines, which is viewed as essential to a region that is home to dozens of companies that do business around the world, as well as international companies, particularly in the energy industry, that have headquartered U.S. subsidiaries here.

The TSA baggage facility and new pier are slated to open in the second and fourth quarters of 2022, respectively.

Terminal D renovations would be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023. The central area for ticketing and baggage claim, which first requires the demolition of the Terminal D/E parking garage and the addition of two floors to the Terminal C parking garage, is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2024.

The Best Forumer Oct 18, 2019 8:15 PM


Originally Posted by Wattleigh (Post 8720812)
This could be big - Skanska buys a full block downtown, as well as parts of two other adjacent blocks.

Press Release:

On HAIF, the specific parcels were identified...

Block 251 is LaBranch/Dallas/Austin/Lamar - All parking, catty corner to Discovery Green

Block 275 is Austin/Polk/Caroline/Dallas - Half of which is already occupied by Marlowe, a couple of bars & Houston City Tours.

Block 276 is LaBranch/Polk/Austin/Dallas - All parking, but catty corner to Toyota Center

Let us hope it is something very tall... maybe like a space needle sort of thing...

photoLith Oct 18, 2019 8:23 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 8717937)
1101 Main St. - Downtown

70's cladding on this small structure is being peeled off, unearthing its original state.

Wow, had no idea that disgusting corner store had beautiful 20's cladding underneath. That corner store is the last trash left in that part of downtown. Every time I went in there when I lived downtown like 7 years ago, it was full of trash people and panhandlers. It did at least have shitty cheap beer though.

gclass Oct 18, 2019 11:30 PM


Bank of America Tower developer buys downtown Houston parking lots for mixed-use
By Olivia Pulsinelli – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal
Oct 18, 2019, 1:26pm CDT Updated Oct 18, 2019, 5:20pm CDT

New York-based Skanska USA Commercial Development has purchased four parcels of land around Discovery Green in downtown Houston for a new development.

Skanska paid $55 million in total for the properties, which were sold by a private citizen, according to an Oct. 17 press release. The parcels total around 3.5 acres, and Skanska plans to develop a mix of office, multifamily and retail on the land.

The press release does not identify where exactly the parcels are located, but a spokesperson for Skanska confirmed that one of the parcels is a full city block bordered by Dallas, Lamar, LaBranch and Austin streets, with another just to the south and a third just to the east, wrapping around the Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown. There's also a small parcel in another adjacent block.

Those four properties are all parking lots owned by MIPS Investments LLC and MIPS Parking LLC, according to the Harris County Appraisal District. Combined, they have an appraised value of nearly $30.06 million and span about 3.48 acres, according to HCAD.

Skanska plans to begin the master planning process for the sites by the end of the year, which will help determine a development timeline and more details about the project, a spokesperson confirmed.

“We are excited about this next endeavor for Skanska Commercial Development in Houston," Matt Damborsky, executive vice president of Skanska USA Commercial Development in Houston, said in a statement to the HBJ. "For this project, Skanska will tap our global expertise in multifamily, office and retail development as we consider the best uses for these sites advantageously located in the city’s front yard at Discovery Green. These prime acquisitions include a full city block, which will be transformed into sustainable, high-quality space in the urban core. We look forward to advancing the master planning process so we can begin creating this dynamic community reflecting the vibrant cultural fabric of Houston.”

Skanska just opened its Bank of America Tower — formerly known as Capitol Tower — in downtown Houston earlier this year.

Bank of America Tower takes its name from the building’s anchor tenant. In July, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) moved more than 600 local employees into the building. The banking giant occupies 205,000 square feet of office space spread across six floors in the 775,000-square-foot building.

The building's tenants also include Skanska, Houston-based Waste Management Inc. (NYSE: WM), Houston-based Quantum Energy Partners and international law firm Winston & Strawn.

The lower floors of Bank of America Tower are dubbed Understory and connect to the downtown tunnels. The 35,000-square-foot Understory includes a 9,000-square-foot food hall that opened in August.
By Olivia Pulsinelli – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal
Oct 18, 2019, 1:26pm CDT Updated Oct 18, 2019, 5:20pm CDT

Dariusb Oct 19, 2019 2:47 AM


clubtokyo Oct 20, 2019 4:18 PM

That’s great news for those lots!

Urbannizer Oct 22, 2019 3:21 PM

'Strategic' Greenway Plaza-area property acquired by Houston-based real estate firm


A 4-acre parcel in Houston’s Greenway Plaza-Upper Kirby area has sold to an investment group led by a local commercial real estate firm, which is considering a mixed-use project for the site.

The partnership led by Houston-Based Senterra Real Estate Group purchased the property at 3440 Richmond from a joint venture between Houston-based Midway and Cathexis RE Holdings, which is also based in Houston. David Hightower, an executive vice president at Midway, represented the selling entity.

The Senterra-led partnership did not disclose the sales price for the land located at 3440 Richmond Ave. However, the Harris County Appraisal District valued the land and improvements at $15 million as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Senterra Real Estate Group CEO Neil Tofsk said the partnership that purchased the property is still considering the best way to make use of it. However, he said a mixed-use development is among the possibilities.

“This is a strategic piece of property in the transformation of Buffalo Speedway,” Tofsky said. “The area is going to undergo tremendous changes over the next few years, and we wanted to be part of the transformation.”
The site was recently fenced off:

Urbannizer Oct 22, 2019 6:21 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 8697231)

More renderings released ahead of the full reveal.






Dale Oct 24, 2019 6:20 AM


Originally Posted by nmed (Post 8618921)
Houstonians will not use this kind of facility even if there were retailers to fill it. A really badly thought out concept, a 60's enclosed mall.

Millennials tried to kill the mall. Generation Z is bringing it back.

Dariusb Oct 29, 2019 8:54 PM

Did you guys know about this:
Can't wait to see what will be done to this iconic building.

nmed Oct 29, 2019 9:23 PM

What? First I heard.

Originally Posted by Dale (Post 8727750)
Millennials tried to kill the mall. Generation Z is bringing it back.

Examples please. Out side the snowbelt.

Dale Oct 29, 2019 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by nmed (Post 8732917)
Examples please. Out side the snowbelt.

nmed Oct 29, 2019 11:16 PM


Originally Posted by Dale (Post 8732982)

The story is more about brick and mortar than malls but, yeah, that's great. I love brick and mortar, but I hate malls. And malls like Northline or Sharpstown are never coming back. Think the CBD or the Heights. Go Bulldogs!

Cory Nov 4, 2019 10:19 PM

GID's 600-unit apartment complex breaks ground just off Allen Parkway


Construction has started on a 600-unit apartment complex at the southwest corner of West Dallas and Dunlavy, the latest phase of Regent Square, a planned 24-acre development just south of Buffalo Bayou Park.

Boston-based GID Development Group said site work is under way on eight acres where the company will build a six-story apartment complex with 50,000 square feet of retail space. At one time, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was planning to be part of GID's project, but the deal fell through, the developer confirmed in May when it announced the apartment complex would break ground this year.

Urbannizer Nov 5, 2019 4:44 PM

River Oaks District Phase II Office

- 14 floors
- 225,000 sq ft

The Best Forumer Nov 6, 2019 7:27 PM

What crap. China is building all sorts of futuristic alien looking airports... and this is the best we can muster????? UGH.

JManc Nov 6, 2019 7:36 PM

China doesn't have to worry about taxpayer/ voter concerns like Houston does.

The Best Forumer Nov 6, 2019 7:38 PM

How long before this gets torn down to make way for some kind of highrise?

Urbannizer Nov 7, 2019 4:11 PM

Houston Endowment’s new HQ will become architectural ‘jewel’ for the city


Houston Endowment, the $1.8 billion philanthropic institution founded in 1937 by developer and entrepreneur Jesse H. Jones, has selected a team to design the group’s new headquarters, culminating a monthslong competition that attracted local and international firms vying to create Houston’s next architectural landmark.

Los Angeles-based Kevin Daly Architects, along with Productora of Mexico City and TLS Landscape Architecture of Berkeley, Calif., won over the selection committee with their design of an airy glass building set amid a grove of oak trees and sheltered by a latticed rooftop canopy.

The building, which is expected to have a $20 million value, is planned for a 1.5-acre site near the intersection of Memorial and Waugh, north of Buffalo Bayou and overlooking Spotts Park.

The competition, which launched in June, sought proposals for a 40,000-square-foot building that would offer a well-planned workplace in a structure that would be “visible, but not showy.” It would take into account the Endowment’s mission, Houston’s climate and its urban location bordered by Buffalo Bayou, Montrose and the Houston Heights.

The winning team had a “strong sense of Houston’s DNA,” said Ann Stern, president and CEO of Houston Endowment, which announced the winner Thursday morning.

The design, which will evolve as the project progresses, envisions a steel-framed canopy with photovoltaic panels sheltering the building. The interiors were designed with public and private workspaces and connectivity to the adjacent park through a series of exterior terraces shaded by awnings.

The new building, which could open in 2022, will go up in the 3600 block of Willia Street on land that was once home to a YWCA. It will house the Endowment’s staff of approximately 30 people, who will relocate from 16,000 square feet in 600 Travis, the downtown skyscraper formerly known as JPMorgan Chase Tower.

The Best Forumer Nov 7, 2019 7:15 PM


Originally Posted by JManc (Post 8740941)
China doesn't have to worry about taxpayer/ voter concerns like Houston does.

Perhaps. What do taxpayer/voter concerns have to do with the design of a terminal?

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