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UtterlyUrban    1376
1 hour ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Good news... Motive gets naming rights to One Allen Center by expanding their lease to over 204,000 square feet including a new roof deck.

Good!

 

"Motive Center?"

 

and, out of curiousity, what the heck is "Motive"?  (Scurries off to google)......

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mollusk    1455

"Motive Center" sounds like a really prissy euphemism for the toilets.  Or perhaps a bus/rail station.  :ph34r:

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KinkaidAlum    2093

Spell check nabbed it... It's MotivA. An energy giant from Saudi/USA.

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On 6/28/2017 at 5:29 PM, KinkaidAlum said:

Good news... Motive gets naming rights to One Allen Center by expanding their lease to over 204,000 square feet including a new roof deck.

 

On 6/28/2017 at 6:34 PM, UtterlyUrban said:

Good!

 

"Motive Center?"

 

and, out of curiousity, what the heck is "Motive"?  (Scurries off to google)......

 

On 6/28/2017 at 6:47 PM, mollusk said:

"Motive Center" sounds like a really prissy euphemism for the toilets.  Or perhaps a bus/rail station.  :ph34r:



The new name of the One Allen Center will be Motiva Plaza instead of Motiva Center:

 

Motiva Enterprises has decided it wants a bigger piece of Allen Center, amidst a $48.5M renovation. The Saudi Aramco-owned energy firm will expand its lease to 204,500 SF, a 15% increase. The lease includes building naming rights and signature spaces, including a lobby reception center, a conference center floor, and a unique large private outdoor balcony that will overlook the new greenspace underway at Allen Center. One Allen Center's new name will be Motiva Plaza.
 

In addition to improvements to the office space, Brookfield also purchased the 350-room DoubleTree Hotel that surrounds the complex. The hotel is being upgraded and may soon have a new brand affiliation.
 

Cushman & Wakefield's Tim Relyea and Joe Peddie repped Motiva. Brookfield was repped by JLL's John Pruitt, Bubba Harkins and Jessica Ochoa as well as its own Paul Frazier and Clint Bawcom.

https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/office/one-allen-center-to-get-new-tenant-and-new-name-76128

 

 

And another article behind a pay wall at Houston Business Journal
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/06/28/motiva-expands-in-allen-center-one-allen-to-become.html

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mollusk    1455
2 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

The new name of the One Allen Center will be Motiva Plaza instead of Motiva Center:

 

Motiva Enterprises has decided it wants a bigger piece of Allen Center, amidst a $48.5M renovation. The Saudi Aramco-owned energy firm will expand its lease to 204,500 SF, a 15% increase. The lease includes building naming rights and signature spaces, including a lobby reception center, a conference center floor, and a unique large private outdoor balcony that will overlook the new greenspace underway at Allen Center. One Allen Center's new name will be Motiva Plaza.
 

 

Sounds like a replacement for the Hess setup.

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A view of the acre, a new urban park developed by Brookfield Commercial in downtown Houston, between One and Two Allen Center. Courtesy of the landscape architecture firm, the Office of James Burnett.
 

 

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From Houston Chronicle on the Acre, a new one-acre park developed by Brookfield between One and Two Allen Center opening to the public October 9.

Known as the Acre, the signature piece of Brookfield's $48.5 million renovation of One Allen Center on the west side of downtown opens Monday. The park contains a wide-open plaza and a linear lawn that will seat up to 1,500 people for special events such as concerts.

To squeeze out more space for the Acre, Brookfield reduced One Allen Center's ground floor and re-created it as a "glass box" that will soon have a chef-driven restaurant with views of the park, helping to draw more people toward the space.

 

Trageser's team planted 171 new trees, including pistachios, elms and overcup oaks. "As everyone in Houston knows, you've got to have shade to have any chance of being outside," Trageser said. "It's really about creating a micro-climate that feels great in July and August."
 

Because the Acre sits atop an underground parking garage, many of the trees are growing in specially-designed mesh planters that form green mounds.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/The-Acre-a-new-park-sprouts-at-Allen-Center-12250944.php








 

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On 3/16/2017 at 10:59 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

Dallas chef and Top Chef contender John Tesar is giving Houston another go. Eater Houston is reporting that Tesar is opening his steakhouse restaurant Knife in the former Doubletree Hotel. The hotel will be renamed Hotel Allen, Allen Houston Hotel, Allen Center Hotel, or The Allen.

Here's the report from Eater Houston:

 

Despite the 250 mile distance between Dallas and Houston, it’s likely that most Houstonians have at least heard of Chef John Tesar. Arguably the most noteworthy chef working in Space City’s neighbor to the north, the Top Chef alumni will soon bring his unique brand of steakhouse to Houston.


In an interview with Eater Dallas, Tesar revealed that he is currently working with Hilton Worldwide to bring his “modern steakhouse” concept Knife to an as-yet-unnamed Houston hotel. It’s part of a major national expansion for the restaurant, joining outposts planned for DFW and San Francisco.


According to Tesar, the Houston outpost of Knife will open in the DoubleTree hotel at 400 Dallas Street (ironic), which the chef says is currently being renovated and rebranded as a Curio By Hilton property. No concrete timeline for the restaurant just yet, but it will come after the second location of Knife opens in a Dallas suburb later this year.


Known for its dry-aging program (including foie gras and ribeye aged for 365 days) and a selection of steaks not traditionally seen on steakhouse menus, Knife is all about the meat. In a 2014 review of the restaurant, Eater critic Bill Addison raved about Tesar’s treatment of fine steaks procured from Texas farms and the chef’s burger prowess.


Tesar, who was recently eliminated from Top Chef: Charleston, told Eater that his brand of steakhouse uniquely lends itself to expansion. “The thing about Knife is it’s product and technique driven, not genius driven,” he said. “Which is why we can expand to areas outside the city.”


Eater has reached out to Tesar for more exact details on when the Houston location of Knife will open its doors. Stay tuned, and prepare for lots and lots of steak.

http://houston.eater.com/2017/3/15/14937154/houston-tesar-opening-knife-steakhouse



Knife from John Tesar isn't opening in the DoubleTree Hotel (may be rebranded to Hotel Allen or The Allen). A replacement restaurant hasn't been announced.

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/10-04-17-john-tesar-knife-burgers-burgundy/

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Does anyone know the official renaming of DoubleTree at the Allen Center? Will it be Hotel Allen or The Allen? Has anyone seen the renderings for the hotel remodel?

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