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rdavis4559 Mar 25, 2009 11:23 PM

YMCA

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/ymca01.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...559/ymca02.jpg

Trae Mar 25, 2009 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas (Post 4156322)
YES! I saw that. Man, that closing aerial over downtown was sweet. Texan empire. :cool:

It really was a great shot. I was like "damn". I'm not even going to lie, I might get blasted, but I thought it was New York at first and the green space in the middle (Downtown and Uptown) was Central Park. Major brain fart.

Von Mar 26, 2009 12:30 AM

I want to see this aerial shot you guys are talking about!!! :(

Complex01 Mar 26, 2009 3:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tuffaso (Post 4157604)
Here's a video link of some of those skyline shots, and an interesting 3 or 4 minute video about Houston's booming economy for those of you, who like me, missed yesterday's ABC broadcast.

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7154605

Hmm, i just watched the video. Funny thing i have been out of work since July. I apply to jobs every week and i get no phone calls what so ever. But yet someone from else where moves here and gets a job like its nothing. I dont know if should be upset or happy about that. I cant help but feel a little put off by the whole story. But what ever thats life I guess, at least thats what i keep telling my self to keep me sane...


:2cents:


ps - It was some great shots of the city...

Saddle Man Mar 26, 2009 8:12 AM

Baylor to pause construction on hospital.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6342486.html

rdavis4559 Mar 26, 2009 5:19 PM

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...discotower.jpg

Von Mar 27, 2009 1:22 AM

wow they are really moving fast!
I want to see some glass go up on the building.

Urbannizer Mar 27, 2009 1:48 AM

:previous:

Yeah they are moving fast. Heres some updates.

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Town & Country/City Centre

Construction almost complete, pics from last month.

http://www.citycentrehouston.com/February09.html

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New Park in Midtown?

Quote:

Shell of burned-out church to become Midtown park

05:25 PM CDT on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

By Lee McGuire / 11 News

HOUSTON -- The fenced-off remnants of a gutted Fourth Ward church are about to become the centerpiece of a new Houston park.

The Houston City Council voted Wednesday to buy the land and what’s left of the Bethel Baptist Church, which caught fire in 2005. Now, the Parks Department and city engineers will examine the building to see if ambitious plans for the park’s development can take shape.

Since the fire, Pastor Robert Robertson has struggled with vandals and the weather—the two forces that often knock down the barbed-wire fence surrounding the property.

“African American slaves built this building,” he said. “We are hoping and praying that the history of this building can be saved.”

Robertson says members of his congregation struggled to decide whether to sell the property to the City, but ultimately decided the Church would not be able to raise enough money to restore the crumbling building. “The congregation got together after a lot of prayers and a lot of thinking,” Roberts said. “We had to come to the decision that it was a dangerous building.”

Descendants of slaves completed the Bethel Baptist Church in 1950, on a plot of land in the Fourth Ward that had belonged to the church since 1896. Now its four walls stand without a roof to connect them, in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers. The weeded lot is surrounded by sleek condominiums and an apartment complex in what is now known as Midtown.

“The history of this community is important,” Robertson said. “I hope and pray that the history of this community will remain.”

A “TIRZ,” or “Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone” has come up with roughly $360,000 to buy the property and build a park there. The plans call for three of the church’s four walls to be reinforced and serve as stand-alone borders for an outdoor garden.

Houston Mayor Bill White says the park will be a monument to the old Fourth Ward, a section of Houston settled by former slaves. “Houston has turned a corner in recognizing that historic preservation is worth it,” he said.
http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori....6e85865a.html

Pdf. with renderings
http://www.khou.com/images/0903/bbcRendering_090325.pdf

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3063/...fbd1c6.jpg?v=0
by rhaaga from flickr

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1717 Ashby Highrise

Yesterday, The Houston City council yet again, rejected the proposal of 1717 Ashby Highrise for the 9th time. Why? Traffic is still a concern for the area.

rdavis4559 Mar 29, 2009 7:57 AM

I don't know any details... but the parking lot across from The Grove Restaurant on Discovery Green had this sign up in two places:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ooglecom-1.jpg

Urbannizer Mar 29, 2009 12:51 PM

The sign is for Embassy Suites, which is suppose to break ground next month.

http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/...ineGallery.jpg

Complex01 Mar 30, 2009 2:19 AM

That sign has been there forever. Hope it is something moving forward. Build it...

:tup:

photoLith Mar 30, 2009 2:36 AM

Dude, that sign has been there for at least a year, if not more. lol Oh and Im glad to see that at least some buildings in Houston are getting preserved. Too bad about the old ymca structure. Its such a loss.

rdavis4559 Mar 30, 2009 1:07 PM

Guess I've been living under a rock...

photoLith Mar 30, 2009 10:26 PM

Embassy Suites is supposed to break ground next month!? For real? Where did you find this out?

Reverberation Apr 3, 2009 5:06 PM

FYI, that project at Yorktown & Westheimer is pretty much done. The new building structure at Memorial City is topped out and there are a few hotels going up in the EC. One @ Park 10 and the other adjacent to Technip @ Kirkwood.

LordElPaso Apr 4, 2009 3:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Complex01 (Post 4160396)
Hmm, i just watched the video. Funny thing i have been out of work since July. I apply to jobs every week and i get no phone calls what so ever. But yet someone from else where moves here and gets a job like its nothing. I dont know if should be upset or happy about that. I cant help but feel a little put off by the whole story. But what ever thats life I guess, at least thats what i keep telling my self to keep me sane...


:2cents:


ps - It was some great shots of the city...


i definitely am with you on the job thing - but i think the jobs available in houston are specific professional/administrative jobs - I'm just not seeing much in the way of typical jobs, e.g. coffee shops - and I look everyday

rdavis4559 Apr 6, 2009 7:19 PM

Cranes...

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3..._cranes_03.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3..._cranes_02.jpg

rdavis4559 Apr 7, 2009 1:05 PM

There is a small crane on the roof as well but I could not get it in the shot from my vantage point.

rdavis4559 Apr 8, 2009 5:47 PM

Library addition
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ooglecom-2.jpg

Wattleigh Apr 8, 2009 7:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdavis4559 (Post 4181954)
There is a small crane on the roof as well but I could not get it in the shot from my vantage point.

It's not a crane, but a concrete pumping device. They're raised from floor to floor as they are completed.

Thanks for the photo of the Ideson expansion. I've always gone by too quickly to get a good view of it.

weatherguru18 Apr 9, 2009 12:20 AM

ALL SYSTEMS GO on Regent Square. City approves project and give generous tax break. A residential high-rise will grace Allen Parkway!

http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori....b6eb39d5.html

Von Apr 9, 2009 10:07 PM

can't wait to see the renderings!

photoLith Apr 10, 2009 5:36 AM

YAY, I sure hope we start to see some action at that site now and there are already renders for Regent Square.

weatherguru18 Apr 13, 2009 12:12 AM

It looks like the old Astroworld site will be home to millions of square feet in office and retail space. Looks like two, I repeat, TWO (2) towers standing between 40 and 50 stories will be the centerpiece of the development. This came from HAIF...

(Look for the video at the bottom of the link)

http://crosstorian.com/southpointe

HOUSTONIAN57 Apr 13, 2009 12:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weatherguru18 (Post 4191778)
It looks like the old Astroworld site will be home to millions of square feet in office and retail space. Looks like two, I repeat, TWO (2) towers standing between 40 and 50 stories will be the centerpiece of the development. This came from HAIF...

(Look for the video at the bottom of the link)

http://crosstorian.com/southpointe

They have spires as well!!!!

:banana:

From HAIF

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...7/Zi6_0013.jpg

Texas Tuff Apr 13, 2009 1:54 AM

Wow, that looks incredible! :cheers:

Complex01 Apr 13, 2009 3:02 AM

Wow that looks really intresting. Nice find...

:tup:

Saddle Man Apr 13, 2009 3:34 AM

Those buildings look like doctored version of the Anadarko Tower.

raskacielos-houston Apr 13, 2009 2:05 PM

Go to their website and on the right side there's the Video, it's really awesome,
:banana: crosstorian.com/southpointe

weatherguru18 Apr 13, 2009 6:01 PM

Seems kind of a weird place to me to put something that big. Does it to anybody else? I'd like to see them along 59 somewhere (Greenway Plaza) or along the west loop. Oh well...

Uhhh, I went to a dentist appointment the other day in Vision Park (between Research Forest Dr. and 242) and noticed a sign for a 200,000 10-story midrise in Shenendoah. Looks like it's all systems go with this building too!

Complex01 Apr 16, 2009 1:57 AM

Here are some pics from today.

Main Place...

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/mp0415c.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/mp0415b.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/mp0415a.jpg


Discovery Tower...

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/dt0415c.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/dt0415d.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...01/dt0415b.jpg

photoLith Apr 16, 2009 2:35 AM

Im fairly sure that Astroworld plot project is dead unfortunately. It seems that all it really was, was just some architects invisionment of what could be where Astroworld once was. But I may be wrong.

Texas Tuff Apr 16, 2009 2:39 AM

^^^ Nice pics Complex01!

NThomas Apr 17, 2009 6:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photolitherland (Post 4198068)
Im fairly sure that Astroworld plot project is dead unfortunately. It seems that all it really was, was just some architects invisionment of what could be where Astroworld once was. But I may be wrong.

If AstroWorld is redeveloped right, along with the old proposed Gaylord AstroDome renovation, Reliant Park has the potential to be more then just an event mecca.

Urbannizer Apr 19, 2009 11:08 PM

This was found today, by a HAIF member...

GBI INTERNATIONAL (Central Park) Houston

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...tral_park1.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...tral_park3.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...tral_park4.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...tral_park5.jpg

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...tral_park6.jpg

Quote:

Mix-use project
7 20-Story towers
812 Multi-family Units
20 Acre Site
491,000 SF of Retail
824,000 SF of Residential
1,120,000 SF of Parking
http://www.ediarchitecture.com/Galle...Central%20Park

Von Apr 20, 2009 6:58 AM

a lito pic of the Mosaic
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../austin051.jpg

Wattleigh Apr 20, 2009 7:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ()_T (Post 4204454)
This was found today, by a HAIF member...


Nice renderings.

Too bad they're not happening. GBI is a bit more ambitious than most in attempting to pitch their ideas, it seems.

P.S. Bellaire doesn't have an Asiatown. There is one on Bellaire though.

rdavis4559 Apr 20, 2009 12:15 PM

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3..._20_apr_09.jpg

raskacielos-houston Apr 22, 2009 1:35 AM

Hess tower
April 20, 2009

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...icture1028.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...icture1020.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...icture1022.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...icture1023.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...icture1035.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q...icture1034.jpg

Urbannizer Apr 22, 2009 3:05 PM

Thanks for the update rdavis and rackacielos.

Urbannizer Apr 22, 2009 11:08 PM

I added two more forums in the "General Developments" section.

HOUSTON | Earth Quest Adventures

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=168199

HOUSTON | Astrodome Studios

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=168203

Wattleigh Apr 26, 2009 2:29 AM

Photos from a few other sites around town, taken over the past week...

Methodist Outpatient Tower
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04774.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04708.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04710.jpg

BioScience Research Collaborative
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04718.jpg

Alkek Hospital Vertical Expansion visible behind the Sculock Tower
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04716.jpg

Baylor Hospital & Clinic
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04769.jpg

Energy Tower II
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04757.jpg

And the Embassy Suites next to it.
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/DSC04754.jpg

weatherguru18 Apr 26, 2009 9:58 PM

Looks like the 10 story building that was planned for Vision Park (near The Woodlands) has been scaled back to 8 floors. Still a nice building though.

http://www.graniteprop.com/Home/Prop...8/Default.aspx

Wattleigh Apr 29, 2009 4:39 PM

An interesting bit on the two seperate mat pours at MD Anderson's new tower in the medical center.
http://texas.construction.com/news/building/default.asp

Mat Pour at Houston Medical Facility May Be State’s Largest

http://texas.construction.com/images...erson-BLDG.jpg
Baker Concrete and Vaughn Construction recently completed the larger of two mat pours for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Administrative Support Building in Houston.

Baker Concrete Construction project manager Garrett Benson recently helped coordinate the biggest mat pour he has ever seen. For that matter, it was the biggest mat pour the Houston office of Baker Concrete had ever done.

If research holds true, it may be the biggest such project ever in Texas and only the second largest in the nation behind the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Baker Concrete Construction, headquartered in Monroe, Ohio, together with Vaughn Construction of Houston, completed the larger of two mat pours for The University of Texas System, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Administrative Support Building in Houston.

The size of the mat, itself, is more than 21,000 cu yds,” Benson told Texas Construction.

Baker completed the first pour - 4,000 cu yds - at a rate of 570 cu yds per hour. The larger second pour, completed totaled 17,500 cu yds, and 100 Baker co-workers pitched in to complete the job in less than 24 hours, at a rate of 730 cu yds per hour.

The entire project involved seven pump trucks, 97 concrete trucks, 1,960 tons of installed rebar, and 2,400 man-hours.

The biggest challenge was a matter of coordination,” Benson says. “We were working 24 hours straight. We were trying to coordinate seven different pumps that have to move to different locations we were making the pour.”

Benson says it is bringing 92 trucks from five or six different batches and keep a consistent flow was no easy logistical feat.

He says he coordinated more than 100 workers.

You have to keep in mind that you can’t let concrete get too far out in front of you,” he says. “You can only pour one ft an hour and you have to make sure that concrete you have sitting 50 yds in front of you doesn’t get old before you get to it. You have to get the pump trucks going and not leave any one pump truck sitting without working. That was another logistical concern.”

We have to get all this done while still being safe,” Benson adds.

Although originally designed to be completed in three separate pours, the hurricane season amended that plan, and New Caney-based Jayco, the rebar subcontractor, worked overtime to complete the installation of steel. That efficiency enabled Baker to merge the second two pours and complete the job early.

The sheer scale of the second pour required detailed logistical planning by team members with Baker; Vaughn; Haynes Whaley of Houston, the engineer of record; WHR of Houston, the architect; and consultants Earth Engineering of East Norriton, Penn; Ulrich Engineers of Houston; and Carrasquillo Associates Ltd. of Austin.

For the job Baker managed a concrete temperature monitoring system that used thermo couplers to record the temperature of the material as it cured. The specifications called for the concrete mix to reach a temperature in the core no higher than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. No two points in the mat could have a temperature difference of more than 40 degrees.

The thermo couplers were located throughout the mat at various depths, and were monitored twice a day for 28 days. The monitoring system allowed Baker to better control the curing process utilizing winter blankets, and ultimately resulted in zero thermal cracks.

The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Administrative Support Building is scheduled for completion in 2012. Baker has started the concrete work for the structure.

Urbannizer May 1, 2009 1:21 AM

More info has been found regarding the secret Hines north tower (block 69).


http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/...3_64_99325.jpg

Here's the rendering that was posted on an achitect's website but was later taken off, fortunaetly Wattleigh saved a copy of the rendering.


http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/6964/renderingmg7.jpg

raskacielos-houston May 2, 2009 8:09 PM

New Downtown Convention Center Hotel East of 59 ?
 
I found this information from a Haif member and the information seems accurate,
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled5.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled6.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled7.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled1.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled2.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled3.jpg

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/q.../Untitled4.jpg

TexasBoi May 3, 2009 11:09 PM

Houston needs to make this the fun hopspot of the city. It's prime for it. Build more bars, clubs, and of course more residential mixed used projects with retail in this area. The potential is great for this part of downtown. It's already there with the MMP and Toyota Center. With the proposed Dynamo Stadium and with DG and the Houston Pavilions, this area could be a grand hotspot. There are many parking lots to build over it.

weatherguru18 May 4, 2009 5:42 PM

[IMG]39874_719375706RS-Condo_view1.jpg[/IMG]


http://39874_7186769213RS.jpg

Rendering for the 28-story tower at Regent Square! Awesome :banana: Very Miami ish in my opinion.

weatherguru18 May 4, 2009 5:43 PM

Here's the link. Don't know why I couldn't get the pic. to load. This is from HAIF....

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/...=390&start=390

Von May 4, 2009 10:06 PM

those are awesome news! and yeah TexasBoi I'm with you, they need make that into the hot spot of Houston


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