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llamaorama Dec 2, 2020 5:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DCReid (Post 9122375)
Didn't they buy Compaq? Sort of returning back to where Compaq was founded...

Yes, but HP split into separate entities(HP Enterprise and regular HP) and this is HP Enterprise which isn't much like Compaq.

But then yeah sort of, this new campus is really just consolidating all the jobs that had been at the former Compaq HQ off 249 a few miles west.

The Best Forumer Dec 9, 2020 8:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kingkirbythe.... (Post 9115031)
Well shit. Guess I’ll have to take all that human scale development instead. :cool:

Ugh... they botched it...

N90 Dec 9, 2020 8:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Best Forumer (Post 9129218)
Ugh... they botched it...

No, it’s the opposite.

Hines improved the Levit Green development from those initial marketing renderings. The street level pedestrian realm and parks are a huge improvement and there are still lots of highrises planned for this site as well since its 55 acres.

Those marketing renderings from many years ago had only one big tower and other average height towers (which BTW the current plan still has those avg height towers) but it was never a real proposal. Just a marketing flier of what can go there and the buildings were tacky and less engaged in their street level design. The only thing it had going for it was that one building had a very good height.

The Hines development now is significantly better and much higher quality in every way. There will be plenty of towers, mid rises, parks, and other amenities in it.

Urbannizer Dec 12, 2020 2:33 AM

Memorial Park Master Plan

Installation of the tunnels.

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...98601a8e1.jpeg

https://memorialparkconservancy.org/...g-1024x769.jpg

The Best Forumer Dec 18, 2020 5:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by N90 (Post 9129262)
No, it’s the opposite.

Hines improved the Levit Green development from those initial marketing renderings. The street level pedestrian realm and parks are a huge improvement and there are still lots of highrises planned for this site as well since its 55 acres.

Those marketing renderings from many years ago had only one big tower and other average height towers (which BTW the current plan still has those avg height towers) but it was never a real proposal. Just a marketing flier of what can go there and the buildings were tacky and less engaged in their street level design. The only thing it had going for it was that one building had a very good height.

The Hines development now is significantly better and much higher quality in every way. There will be plenty of towers, mid rises, parks, and other amenities in it.

Perhaps... but the new renderings show significantly shorter towers... so... ???

NYC2ATX Dec 19, 2020 6:18 AM

Oh wow! I had no idea the Memorial Park tunnels were even underway, let alone so far along! Awesome and exciting to see

Twitter1 Dec 20, 2020 3:05 AM

Class-A office underway in Uptown. 4411 San Felipe.

https://i.imgur.com/5Lghiey.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/A4am9Sa.jpg

Cory Dec 20, 2020 4:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Twitter1 (Post 9138524)
Class-A office underway in Uptown. 4411 San Felipe

A reminder of what to look forward to.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...32aea63d_c.jpg

llamaorama Dec 20, 2020 7:32 PM

The new HP Enterprise campus in Springwoods Village. I did a longer post with more photos on HAIF (Houston Architecture Info Forum).

(photo taken by me)

https://i.imgur.com/yyb5JKo.jpg?1

N90 Dec 21, 2020 9:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Best Forumer (Post 9137110)
Perhaps... but the new renderings show significantly shorter towers... so... ???

When you look at the old plan vs the new plan, you'll see that only one of the towers in the original rendering were very tall. The new plan does have shorter buildings than the old plan but the difference is a few floors and not significant. The only actual loss from the old plan to the new plan is that one very tall tower.

We haven't seen a full project scope of renderings for the new plan yet but from what I have seen it will have plenty of midrises and highrises. The highrises are prolly in the 20-35 floor range. In the old plan they seemed to be 25-40 floors not including that one very tall tower which was/is an aberration for both plans.

The loss of a few floors is more than made up for with the better pedestrian environ with greenspace, lakes, and walkways. The old plan lacked as much greenspace and didn't seem to include any lakes. These things go a long way in creating a sense of place for people to identify with.

IMO the new plan is much better and more ambitious, even if it is a little bit shorter. IMO Houston isn't in any dire need of tall towers since it already has an abundance of them. What Houston is lacking is more pedestrian realms and pedestrian friendly areas and this Levitt Green plan gets an A+ for that. The old plan had a lot of surface parking, concrete pavement, and roads. The new plan replaces those with greenspace, lakes, parkland, and outdoor pedestrian malls. That's a high quality upgrade, not a downgrade. It's easy to build a tall skyscraper, it's much more challenging to build an engaging urban city environment IMO.

It would be nice to see some tall buildings but it would be nicer to see Houston begin connecting all of its skylines and filling the gaps in between. If/when Houston begins doing that, it will look atypical for an American city, especially with its no zoning format, and will look like a mega beast from another continent. This Levitt Green plan is another step towards that since it replaces a 57 acre lot that currently has a 1-3 story distribution warehouse and lots of surface parking lots built around concrete with midrises, highrises, and greenspaces and pedestrian malls at the ground level. It will do its part to surround Hermann Park with more highrises, thus giving Houston its own version of Central Park. A top park with plenty of culture and amenities surrounded by a wall canyon of highrises. This will also stretch the Museum District's now rapidly growing skyline and will fill in a big hole from DT to TMC.

The Best Forumer Dec 22, 2020 7:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cory (Post 9138569)
A reminder of what to look forward to.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...32aea63d_c.jpg

Is this good or bad?

The Best Forumer Jan 3, 2021 10:08 PM

I guess it is better than nothing.

JManc Jan 4, 2021 3:12 PM

I like it.

Urbannizer Jan 6, 2021 1:16 AM

McNair Plaza: New design

Architect: House & Robertson
Groundbreaking: Early April 2021
Completion: December 2024
Tower 1: 751’ ft, 54-story multifamily/condo high-rise
Tower 2: 18-Story office
Tower 3: 10-story hotel
All parking below grade

https://i.imgur.com/Z35PIOZ.png

N90 Jan 6, 2021 1:47 AM

At 750 feet it will become the second tallest in Uptown Houston. Surpassing both of the tall towers on San Felipe and only behind Williams Tower (901 feet).

This is just what Uptown needs, this project with 3 highrises.

kingkirbythe.... Jan 6, 2021 3:13 AM

Looks good.

MN/WI Jan 6, 2021 1:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 9150396)
McNair Plaza: New design

Architect: House & Robertson
Groundbreaking: Early April 2021
Completion: December 2024
Tower 1: 751’ ft, 54-story multifamily/condo high-rise
Tower 2: 18-Story office
Tower 3: 10-story hotel
All parking below grade

https://i.imgur.com/Z35PIOZ.png

Nice. Super nice. Can I take two?

TexasBoi Jan 6, 2021 3:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 9150396)
McNair Plaza: New design

Architect: House & Robertson
Groundbreaking: Early April 2021
Completion: December 2024
Tower 1: 751’ ft, 54-story multifamily/condo high-rise
Tower 2: 18-Story office
Tower 3: 10-story hotel
All parking below grade

https://i.imgur.com/Z35PIOZ.png

The best part is in bold.

clubtokyo Jan 6, 2021 4:33 PM

You got that right TexasBoi! All underground parking for the win!

Tom In Chicago Jan 6, 2021 4:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 9150396)
McNair Plaza: New design

Architect: House & Robertson
Groundbreaking: Early April 2021
Completion: December 2024
Tower 1: 751’ ft, 54-story multifamily/condo high-rise
Tower 2: 18-Story office
Tower 3: 10-story hotel
All parking below grade

https://i.imgur.com/Z35PIOZ.png

I like it. . . now THAT is a handsome building(s). . .

. . .

Dariusb Jan 6, 2021 5:32 PM

Great!

pacarlson Jan 6, 2021 5:44 PM

Keeping my fingers crossed!

TexasPlaya Jan 7, 2021 2:14 AM

Nice, Transco Tower getting a proper little brother. Completion date 2024.... good chance O&G has recovered and the 610 upgrade is complete.

JManc Jan 8, 2021 12:33 AM

Hopefully this pans out. There've been a lot of proposals for that lot but cautiously optimistic if it has a spring groundbreaking date.

Zapatan Jan 8, 2021 2:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 9153018)
Hopefully this pans out. There've been a lot of proposals for that lot but cautiously optimistic if it has a spring groundbreaking date.

Isn't it approved?

Urbannizer Jan 8, 2021 11:20 PM

1550 On The Green

28-story office tower w/ retail
Lead tenant secured
June 2021 Start Date
May 2023 Completion

https://i.imgur.com/1hYilH5.jpg

kingkirbythe.... Jan 8, 2021 11:34 PM

Hell yeah!

Looks like a replacement for the terrible embassy suites. Good riddance.

N90 Jan 9, 2021 12:19 AM

The Embassy Suites is like 8 years old. I think completed in 2012. It's not going anywhere but this building will wrap around it and hide that monstrosity.

Also, this building is pretty good looking. I really like it. Wish it was 40 stories taller.

TexasPlaya Jan 9, 2021 1:55 AM

Really surprised it's another office building with the glut, but Skanksa knows what they are doing. As I mentioned about the proposed McNair residential, probably trying to time it for when O&G/commodities come back.

Discovery Green will finally be surrounded by buildings instead of surface parking lots. The site of the new office, from Triton on HAIF

https://cf.bstatic.com/images/hotel/.../258386391.jpg

kingkirbythe.... Jan 9, 2021 6:32 AM

The original embassy suites design was much better looking. That’s value engineering for ya! I can’t wait for it to be covered up.

TexasPlaya Jan 9, 2021 5:20 PM

TAMU Innovation Plaza @ TMC

Highrise Tower @ HAIF found this info:

https://i.imgur.com/YRh5ui2.png

https://i.imgur.com/YW4QZn4.png

The building on the left is already complete.

https://i.imgur.com/W7L0ZG7.png

https://i.imgur.com/1KuTMW3.png

Main Tower under construction:

https://i.imgur.com/TWEIoel.png

llamaorama Jan 9, 2021 6:21 PM

Right now I think Life Tower is going up, but I haven't seen news on the Horizon tower. But that will be an impressive project when complete.

I absolutely adore 1550 on the green but I am anxious about high office vacancies. I kind of wish it was residential instead.

TexasPlaya Jan 10, 2021 10:05 PM

Stella Link Mixed-Used Development by Barvin

Hat tip to Highrise Tower on HAIF for the find, http://www.agorapartners.com/stella-link
Quote:

Agora was hired by Barvin to advise on how to integrate the public realm into a new mixed-use development inside the Loop in Houston, Texas. Agora is advising Barvin on issues both within the project site, including connectivity and programming its public spaces, and outside the project site by optimizing the project’s proximity to a greenway. The project will eventually have hundreds of market-rate apartments and approximately 75,000 square feet of retail.
Sounds like trying to take advantage of the proximity of the TMC, great location for a medium sized mixed use project.

https://i.imgur.com/f0Ay7gG.jpg

And the property north has been sold:

https://i.imgur.com/khnkQGS.png

The Best Forumer Jan 11, 2021 2:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 9154020)
1550 On The Green

28-story office tower w/ retail
Lead tenant secured
June 2021 Start Date
May 2023 Completion

https://i.imgur.com/1hYilH5.jpg

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

Cory Jan 14, 2021 3:38 AM

Another angle from theChron.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...827682ce_o.jpg

Cory Jan 14, 2021 4:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 8816564)
Montrose @ Westheimer

https://www.behance.net/gallery/9015...UD-Houston-USA

Mixed-use development long proposed by PMRG (now Marquette).


Some updated renderings

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9c5b3fe5_b.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f96cc344_b.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...da2931db_b.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...dc798756_b.jpg

https://www.perkinseastman.com/proje...t-of-montrose/

kingkirbythe.... Jan 14, 2021 5:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cory (Post 9159071)

Im happy there is already an archor tenant.

kingkirbythe.... Jan 14, 2021 5:21 AM

I loved the original design, but I’ll take this one.

Cory Jan 14, 2021 5:31 AM

I like that the buildings on Westheimer are more reasonably scaled for the area and the high-rises are more set back.

JManc Jan 14, 2021 6:50 PM

Is that where Mattress Firm/ Half Price Books are? That shopping center? As nice as this is, I am torn because underneath is an art deco façade that could be brought back to life. Still, that is an amazing project.

The Best Forumer Jan 14, 2021 10:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kingkirbythe.... (Post 9159147)
I loved the original design, but I’ll take this one.

This new one is a significant step down i think... but ill take it too i guess... the original was a real head turner for sure.

Urbannizer Jan 26, 2021 6:06 AM

701 Richmond

Quote:

701 Richmond Apartments

Address: 701 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77006
Montrose Neighborhood
Owner/Developer: Avid Living 713, LLC
Architect: Meeks + Partners


15-story apartment building with 416 units (167,710 SF). Level 1-5 parking with 3,600 SF of retail space at Level 1. Pool and terrace (9,000 SF) at Level 6, a sky lounge (1,300 SF) located at Level 14, and a roof-top amenity space (2,500 SF) located at Level 15.

The existing site is 1.0931 acres and includes a two-story office building, 2 surface parking lots, and 3 single-family residences.
https://i.imgur.com/2yDzaRQ.png

The Best Forumer Jan 28, 2021 8:40 PM

Looks cozy... I like the location. Something that pops out and makes a statement would have been ideal here. But it's not bad at all...

TexasPlaya Jan 29, 2021 4:48 AM

I like it, nice little mid rise to add to the area.

TexasPlaya Jan 29, 2021 4:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JManc (Post 9159761)
Is that where Mattress Firm/ Half Price Books are? That shopping center? As nice as this is, I am torn because underneath is an art deco façade that could be brought back to life. Still, that is an amazing project.

It is.

I hear ya but this has been such an underwhelming shopping center for decades. Another major project is well underway catty-corner from this (HAIF:Montrose Collective). Two mixed use projects plus the two high rises by the Greek Church, this area of Montrose/Westheimer getting a major update. Maybe they'll have upgraded this stretch of Westheimer by 2030...

TexasPlaya Jan 31, 2021 8:31 AM

Mixed Use Kirby Collection

Completed last year but filling up with tenants. Looks like office component landed lead tenant. Pics from Highrise Tower on HAIF:

https://i.imgur.com/klmBPqC.jpg

Some cool neighborhood pics from MidCenturyMoldy on HAIF:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...5f487f021c.jpg

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...943875fe1.jpeg

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...f504eb016.jpeg

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/...3f87bc070.jpeg

AviationGuy Feb 1, 2021 1:19 AM

There are many areas of Houston city proper that I love, but Upper Kirby ranks near the top, especially the residential side streets.

Twitter1 Feb 1, 2021 2:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasPlaya (Post 9175734)

7-Story condo building in Upper Kirby will break ground this week.

https://i.imgur.com/FhbVtUp.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/fQNWsfX.jpg

TexasPlaya Feb 1, 2021 8:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AviationGuy (Post 9176231)
There are many areas of Houston city proper that I love, but Upper Kirby ranks near the top, especially the residential side streets.

It's pretty unique with bungalows, big brick houses, art deco, and modern townhouses. I think the big thing is the Upper Kirby management district has done a great job of updating streets and sidewalks.

The Best Forumer Feb 2, 2021 2:59 PM

I didnt know there was such a thing.


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