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Trae Aug 8, 2008 4:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Optimus Prime (Post 3721709)
What is the most "interesting" highrise project going up in Houston right now?

The great majority of architecture around here seems to be stuck in the early 80s.

It's so weird that you're in Houston ;). The most interesting will probably be One Park Place, or MainPlace. Check out MainPlace here. Watch the videos. The Ritz Carlton looks nice, too (the tall building):

http://www.wulfe.com/Images/BPPhotos/Lg_01.jpg
http://www.wulfe.com/Images/BPPhotos/Lg_03.jpg
http://www.wulfe.com/Images/BPPhotos/Lg_07.jpg

You should join HAIF. It's Houston's local forum.

toxteth o'grady Aug 10, 2008 4:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3721393)
http://www.studioredarchitects.com/i...rdseyeview.JPG

This is set to rise on a 7 acre parcel in the shadows of downtown just on the other side of US 59. Apparently it will be adjacent to the proposed Dynamo Stadium and will have 1,800 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail and office space, and an outdoor amphitheater. I really PRAY that this one gets off the ground. Looks like a high quality project.

It would be the first high-rise on that side of the freeway. Well, aside from the old Brown & Root facility...

Xeelee Aug 10, 2008 5:56 AM

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Originally Posted by toxteth o'grady (Post 3725502)
It would be the first high-rise on that side of the freeway. Well, aside from the old Brown & Root facility...

Dont forget the old Maxwell House coffee factory. A personal favorite of mine. :)

VivaLFuego Aug 10, 2008 6:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shasta (Post 3721393)
There was a blurb in the local 002 Magazine about a project called America's Plaza but it lacked information. Well, I found a rendering;

http://www.studioredarchitects.com/i...rdseyeview.JPG

This is set to rise on a 7 acre parcel in the shadows of downtown just on the other side of US 59. Apparently it will be adjacent to the proposed Dynamo Stadium and will have 1,800 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail and office space, and an outdoor amphitheater. I really PRAY that this one gets off the ground. Looks like a high quality project.

Wow, this would be really great.

Reverberation Aug 11, 2008 5:13 PM

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...f/5933328.html

Quote:

Office market leveling out
Leasing activity is down. Availability rates are up. And there's an increase in large blocks of space to lease.

Houston's hardy office market of the past few years is showing signs of leveling out, according to a second-quarter report from the Houston office of Studley, a national real estate firm specializing in representing tenants.

While demand for office space is off slightly from its historical average, it's not reflective of a slowdown in the local economy, said Steven Biegel, an executive vice president at Studley.

Over the past couple of years, many companies with plans for expansion renewed their expiring leases or signed bigger ones, anticipating a tighter market and higher rental rates.

"They don't need space now because they took it last year," Biegel said. "It's kind of pre-purchased inventory."

For the trailing four quarters, leasing reached 13.8 million square feet, a 17 percent decline from the year-ago period. The overall availability rate of 15.8 percent, which includes sublease space, posted an annual increase of 1 percentage point, the report said.

The number of large blocks of available space grew, as well.

In the second quarter, there were 40 chunks of at least 50,000 square feet of contiguous Class A space, up from 27 last year.

Biegel suspects another reason demand could be tapering off is because of individual perceptions about the economy.

"Everything you read says the economy is in the tank," he said. "That's having an effect on people's psychology."

And new construction has also changed conditions. The Houston area has 9.7 million square feet under development, and less than 25 percent of it is preleased.

Most of that space is along the Katy Freeway, downtown and the northwest part of town.

"The region will have to sustain above-average demand over the next few years to absorb the new space in the pipeline," the report said.

Still, rental rates are gaining, posting a 3 percent increase in the second quarter to an average of $24.09 per square foot. Rates for the nicest spaces available were up 3 percent to $30.39.


Xeelee Aug 11, 2008 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3727888)

Partyp00per:hell: :hell: :hell: :hell:

Cory Aug 12, 2008 3:54 AM

WOW. That Warehouse district project is nice. That side of downtown probably has more potential than Midtown. When I went to the Art Crawl last year, they had some open houses of the three story patio homes in that area and I was surprised of how cheap they were for what you get. Although there is a lack of retail in th area, if more developments like this pop up on the east side of downwtown, now is a good time to buy while the places are cheap.

Dale Aug 12, 2008 4:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Optimus Prime (Post 3721709)
What is the most "interesting" highrise project going up in Houston right now?

The great majority of architecture around here seems to be stuck in the early 80s.

Because roughly a gazillion square feet of office space was constructed in Houston in the 80s ... then the bottom fell out.

Von Aug 12, 2008 6:47 AM

that kinda sucks... but off topic...I went to Discovery Green today...super hot!.. but took these pics hope u guys like em'http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...z102/066-1.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...uzz102/067.jpg http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...uzz102/031.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...z102/014-1.jpg http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...z102/032-1.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...uzz102/003.jpg

Trae Aug 12, 2008 7:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3728708)
Partyp00per:hell: :hell: :hell: :hell:

Did you read the article?

c4smok Aug 15, 2008 1:57 AM

This was posted on the HAIF

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/...howtopic=17183

Quote:

THE TWIN TOWERS
NEW HORIZON VILLAS
http://www.gbiinternational.com/imag...l/hVillas3.jpg
CENTRAL PARK HOUSTON
http://www.gbiinternational.com/images/Full/Cpark4.jpg
http://www.gbiinternational.com/images/Full/Cpark5.jpg
INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL PARK
STONE BROOK AT RIVERSTONE

These are the 5 projects they proposed on the site of GBI sited here

http://www.gbiinternational.com/index.html

JManc Aug 15, 2008 3:47 AM

^ as it has already been mentioned on HAIF, very slim chance of any of that getting off the ground.

Xeelee Aug 15, 2008 4:23 PM

Sheesh. Beechnut at where? I hope they don't build this ugliness way out there in the middle of nowwhere. Ugh.

TritonHouston Aug 15, 2008 6:38 PM

Although I didn't say it on HAIF, most of those photos are of the same project. Look very closely.

Wattleigh Aug 15, 2008 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xeelee (Post 3737603)
Sheesh. Beechnut at where? I hope they don't build this ugliness way out there in the middle of nowwhere. Ugh.

They're not building any of the projects, period.

They are just fanciful designs for a developer to have in their portfolio to make it look like they're a bit more established then they actually are.

JManc Aug 19, 2008 1:19 AM

there's activity where the 2nd mercer tower was supposed to be (a big pile of dirt) so does this mean that tower 2 is in the works or we be graced with another drug store or stand alone bank?

CALMSP Aug 19, 2008 1:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 3743642)
there's activity where the 2nd mercer tower was supposed to be (a big pile of dirt) so does this mean that tower 2 is in the works or we be graced with another drug store or stand alone bank?

probably a CVS "signature" store :notacrook:

Reverberation Aug 25, 2008 2:05 PM

More along the West Sam. This one is an expansion of the Seismic Exchange Campus near Clay Road.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/5960922.html
http://www.chron.com/photos/2008/08/.../260xStory.jpg
(From the chronicle)
11050 Capital Park Drive
73,400-square-foot, five-story office building

Great_Hizzy Aug 25, 2008 7:03 PM

Like I said some time ago, that area is slowly developing a mini-skyline of its own.

vjhe Aug 25, 2008 7:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JMancuso (Post 3743642)
there's activity where the 2nd mercer tower was supposed to be (a big pile of dirt) so does this mean that tower 2 is in the works or we be graced with another drug store or stand alone bank?

We should be so lucky to have another drug store or stand alone bank in that location. Almost anything besides a twin of the monstrosity known as the Mercer. I loathe that building like no other. :yuck:

Wattleigh Aug 25, 2008 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reverberation (Post 3756960)
More along the West Sam. This one is an expansion of the Seismic Exchange Campus near Clay Road.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/5960922.html
http://www.chron.com/photos/2008/08/.../260xStory.jpg
(From the chronicle)
11050 Capital Park Drive
73,400-square-foot, five-story office building

It went up really quick, and I'm pretty sure it's topped out. Looked kinda small from the piece of land it occupied and it was kinda hard to believe that they wanted to put a garage on the site as well... I guess they have the space though.

Hizzy's right. In the same development, a 10 story building for GE's Oil & Gas division is almost topped out and across Clay a new Sheraton is getting closer to opening. Don't really think about that area too often, but it definitely merits watching.

TexasPlaya Aug 26, 2008 1:09 AM

All along the western and northwestern portion of the BW8 there are small to medium office buildings being built.

CALMSP Aug 26, 2008 3:04 AM

yeah, i would love to see it continue to blossom, but a little taller buildings would look better!!! I would love to have it look like the highway in DXB where the sides are lined with skyscrapers creating a "trench" feeling!!

Complex01 Aug 28, 2008 2:15 AM

Here are some Down Town updates. Enjoy...

Main Place...

Foundation with lots of rebar. Is there a crane in the future, I think so...

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0827a.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0827b.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/MP0827c.jpg


Discovery Tower...

Working on the level two. Almost above ground...

:banana:

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0827c.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0827a.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/DT0827b.jpg


One Park Place...

They started working on the roof. Looks kewl...

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...1/OPP0827b.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...1/OPP0827a.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/OPP0827.jpg

Thanks Houston. Getting better and bigger every day...

TexasPlaya Aug 28, 2008 5:28 AM

Nice pics Complex01, good to see some updates. The crane came down today at 2727 Kirby
http://swamplot.com/2727-kirby-enoug...ne/2008-08-27/

rdavis4559 Sep 2, 2008 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 3763546)
Nice pics Complex01, good to see some updates. The crane came down today at 2727 Kirby
http://swamplot.com/2727-kirby-enoug...ne/2008-08-27/

Likewise, they've reached the top of OPP (but have yet to remove the crane, still a little bit of work left).

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0026.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0025.jpg

Wattleigh Sep 4, 2008 11:36 PM

Some photos for everyone that doesn't have time to check all the threads :P

Looking at the quick construction of the roof framework at OPP.

9/2
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01049.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01067.jpg

Today, 9/4
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01085.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01091.jpg

Legacy at Memorial
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01112.jpg

http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01117.jpg

Methodist Outpatient Expansion
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01135.jpg

M.D. Anderson Expansion (Boosting a 12 story building to 21 floors when completed)
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01143.jpg

Lake McGovern & TMC
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01127.jpg

Pioneer Monument
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01147.jpg

Sam Houston Monument across the Reflecting Pond
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01151.jpg

Mosaic (II near topping out)
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC01155.jpg

Complex01 Sep 5, 2008 2:11 AM

I like the glass on the Mosiac. It looks nice. That whole area is just so different. Very Kewl...

:yes:

KevinFromTexas Sep 5, 2008 3:31 AM

Great pics. That roof is making quite an impact on One Park Place.

rdavis4559 Sep 5, 2008 2:26 PM

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rdavis4559 Sep 5, 2008 9:45 PM

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rdavis4559 Sep 5, 2008 9:52 PM

Someone on HAIF posted this:

"Lasco/Hicks works up plans for new Galleria-area office tower

Specifics about a proposed office tower in the Galleria area are slowing leaking out while the developer strives to keep all of the particulars under wraps.

Lasco/Hicks Ventures Ltd. is working on a 400,000-square-foot office building to be constructed on three acres on Post Oak near Richmond, according to a source familiar with the deal.

Information about the project was also included on a general direct-mail piece from Houston-based Michael Berry Properties, which is not involved in the project. The mailing advertises a 26-story office building to be constructed at 3100 Post Oak that will have a ground-floor restaurant overlooking the waters of the Lakes on Post Oak office complex.

Executives with Lasco/Hicks could not be reached for comment."

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houst...8/story11.html

photoLith Sep 6, 2008 4:49 AM

Wow would you look at all of those cranes in the medical district. Wow! I had no idea there was that much construction down there. How tall or some of those new towers going to be down there?

rdavis4559 Sep 8, 2008 3:42 PM

Some shots of OPP's roof:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0030.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0031.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0032.jpg

rdavis4559 Sep 9, 2008 9:44 PM

YMCA to relocate downtown facility

The YMCA of Greater Houston will replace the existing downtown YMCA with a new facility to be constructed at 808 Pease that will be named after the Tellepsen family of Houston.

The YMCA recently purchased the block bounded by Pease, Jefferson, Travis and Milam for a new 107,000-square-foot club that will feature group exercise rooms, community meeting space, a chapel and space dedicated to teenagers and children. The site is currently being used as a surface parking lot.

The Tellepsen Family YMCA will replace the aging Downtown YMCA, which is located a couple of blocks away at 1600 Louisiana.

The new facility is being named after the Tellepsens because the construction family is the lead donor for the project. And the Tellepsens have been involved with the YMCA since 1910, with four generations serving on the board.

Tellepsen Builders LP was selected as the general contractor for the new building, which is being designed by Houston-based Kirksey architectural firm.

Of the 38 YMCA facilities in Houston, this will be the first that’s designed in accordance with LEED criteria for sustainable, green buildings.

Construction will begin on the new building in January 2009 and be finished by Fall 2010.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/s...l?ana=from_rss

Complex01 Sep 15, 2008 2:57 AM

How is my Houston doing? Still alive and she will be back and better then ever...

:tup:

Aiphanes Sep 16, 2008 4:27 PM

How did all the cranes do and the current construction in the Houston Area during the storm?

photoLith Sep 16, 2008 8:45 PM

I dont think anyone from Houston is responding to our questions because they are still without power and will be for 2 or 3 more weeks in a lot of areas so the people down there probably cant use teh internets.

JManc Sep 16, 2008 8:58 PM

the cranes didn't collapse and the city isn't that bad of shape. it was a bad day if you were a tree though.

TexasPlaya Sep 17, 2008 3:38 AM

or a power line.

pm91 Sep 17, 2008 4:43 AM

i just got my power back today and im so glad! i live in west houston between highway 6 and fry rd., and i thought our damage was bad until i saw on the internet and tv how bad it is everywhere else.. i am however truly proud to be a houstonian. hearing the stories and seeing people help others that are in need is absolutley wonderful. i really do want everything to get back to normal though; news stations, restaurants, businesses, parks, streets, neighborhoods.. and poor Bolivar Penninsula.. they're are getting overlooked by FEMA because of galveston and houston. people there have nothing left but themselves and FEMA isnt helping them at all. that just sickens me..
-- back on topic, i really hope that future plans for other projects dont get cancelled.

AstrosFreak Sep 17, 2008 2:24 PM

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Originally Posted by pm91 (Post 3804798)
.. and poor Bolivar Penninsula.. they're are getting overlooked by FEMA because of galveston and houston. people there have nothing left but themselves and FEMA isnt helping them at all. that just sickens me..

Wait, how do you know FEMA isn't helping Bolivar? It was underwater for a decent while so no one could get there, and FEMA has to deal with 5.6 million people in the region, not including East Texas or Southwestern Louisiana. Let's try not to jump to conclusions. FEMA isn't the greatest run organization (mainly because of its use as a political punching bag) but its not worthless.

AstrosFreak Sep 17, 2008 2:58 PM

Good to hear that everyone is okay though.

urbanactivist Sep 17, 2008 3:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AstrosFreak (Post 3805207)
Wait, how do you know FEMA isn't helping Bolivar? It was underwater for a decent while so no one could get there, and FEMA has to deal with 5.6 million people in the region, not including East Texas or Southwestern Louisiana. Let's try not to jump to conclusions. FEMA isn't the greatest run organization (mainly because of its use as a political punching bag) but its not worthless.

The Galveston County judge is seeking to declare martial law for the Bolivar peninsula in an effort to force every last remaining citizen off of the area. Translation: FEMA isn't helping Bolivar.

AstrosFreak Sep 17, 2008 6:16 PM

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Originally Posted by urbanactivistTX (Post 3805227)
The Galveston County judge is seeking to declare martial law for the Bolivar peninsula in an effort to force every last remaining citizen off of the area. Translation: FEMA isn't helping Bolivar.

What does the Galveston County judge have to do with FEMA? I'm not a FEMA supporter or anything (whatever that means); I would just like to hear evidence that FEMA willingly isn't helping the people on the Bolivar peninsula before everyone jumps to conclusions about any of the recovery effort. A county judge is very far removed from a Federal organization.

Complex01 Sep 18, 2008 3:51 PM

I am very curious to see the city. I will be back on Sunday to check it out. I really do miss home. The pictures are something else...

rdavis4559 Sep 18, 2008 5:31 PM

Blvd Place rental rates highest in Galleria area

Quoted rental rates for office space in the Blvd Place mixed-use project that’s under development in the Galleria area are higher than for any other office building in the submarket and comparable with rates being quoted for new office construction in the Central Business District.

Chip Colvill of Colvill Office Properties, who has been hired to find office tenants for Blvd Place, says rates are being quoted in the low to high $30-per-square-foot range. The net rental rate does not include operating costs, such as taxes and insurance.

In comparison, premier Galleria area office buildings are quoting rental rates in the $25 net range, Colvill says.

And the downtown office tower under development by Houston-based Hines is quoting rates starting at $33 net, says Stewart Robinson of Hines.

Blvd Place is charging top dollar because office space on the third and fourth floors above high-end retail space will be very dramatic, says Colvill.

“It’s not like we’re pre-leasing a building and garage,” he says. “We’re pre-leasing a lifestyle.”

Blvd Place, which is being developed by Houston-based Wulfe & Co., plans to have a total of 350,000 square feet of office space in six buildings designed by DMJM Design of Los Angeles.

Office space will sit on top of stores and restaurants in all of the buildings. One larger office building, with nine levels, is designed to have 180,000 square feet of office.

Blvd Place’s first building, which is already under construction, will have 35,000 square feet of office space. Colvill says the project’s remaining office space will break ground in 2009 for delivery in 2010.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/s...l?ana=from_rss

rdavis4559 Sep 19, 2008 5:26 PM

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...9/IMAG0033.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...wntown-004.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...wntown-003.jpg

shakman Sep 19, 2008 6:09 PM

Thank God this was nothing like Alicia during '83.

rdavis4559 Sep 19, 2008 9:57 PM

I work downtown and from what I have heard and seen, many buildings sustained leakage and cracked windows but nothing like Chase Tower and its garage with the numerous blown out windows. I don't know much about the intricacies of building design. Do these windows have a flaw?


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