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  1. 4 points
    Update from today: http://s7.photobucket.com/user/brijonmang/media/skyhouse1_zps4821c0ce.jpg.html'> I think they have gotten into turbo-time seeing as they were just pouring the columns for the second floor yesterday and are now laying forms for the third floor. I think the main reason they are able to go so fast is because of the forms I circled in red. They arrive by semi and the crane is able to lift and place huge sections at a time instead of having to build them all by hand on site. The area in green is some graffiti I noticed on the Savoy. Going back I saw that it happened on the night of Friday, June 28. Can't make out any people on the roof in the time lapse shots but when the sun comes up, the paint is there.
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    That may actually be the design of the building, IMO opinion it does resemble the building in the last renderings released of BLVD Place. Even in this rendering the other two buildings in the back ground have the same motif.
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    I know nothing about the tract you're talking about, but I would venture to guess that it's one of two things: a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (testing for possible contaminants) or a geotechnical investigation for foundation/pavement/utility design. Either way, you don't spend money doing this testing if you're going to do nothing with the land. I'm less familiar with Phase II ESA than geotech investigations, but Phase II ESA would be done prior to a real estate transaction if a Phase I ESA indicated there's a likely potential for soil/groundwater contamination from previous activities at or near the site. It's important that a potential purchaser/lender know whether they're buying a contaminated site that they could potentially cause them to be liable for damages and/or remediation. On the other hand, it could be a geotechnical investigation, which indicates that engineering design is imminent/ongoing. Typically you don't do a geotech investigation until you have a plan of proposed improvements. The depth and location of the geotechnical borings depend on what is being proposed. For pavement design, it may be fairly shallow bore, and borings for utilities need to extend deeper than the proposed utility. Boring depths for a structural foundation would depend on the type of structure and foundation planned. Could go anywhere from 5' deep to well over 100' deep depending on the type of foundation and structure.
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    Here's your pop quiz. Hanover West Gray... or a jail? https://maps.google.com/maps?q=jail&hl=en&ll=29.76434,-95.357224&spn=0.00139,0.001966&sll=29.764224,-95.357594&sspn=0.00278,0.003932&t=m&radius=0.14&hq=jail&z=19&layer=c&cbll=29.76434,-95.357224&panoid=IAfTJZBwGLSrxoXsWMxmvQ&cbp=12,323.46,,1,-25.63 Here's another one: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=jail&hl=en&ll=29.763762,-95.355783&spn=0.00139,0.001966&sll=29.763341,-95.355564&sspn=0.00139,0.001966&t=m&radius=0.07&hq=jail&z=19&layer=c&cbll=29.763762,-95.355783&panoid=lwzj9D-Zu02NwEEcca3ixg&cbp=12,251.57,,2,-23.57 I failed the test.
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    Look at post number 151. Thats your form work. The truss elements are only 3-4 feet tall (hard to tell because of the fish eye lenses). You can also tell from the picture theyre not (completely) assembled for the entire floor. As to how they work: Components are assembled together before hand to form a gang form. A gang form is typically defined as a group of unit forms tied together and lifted by crane to the proper spot. They probably have a crew assembling the gang forms on the ground, or offsite. Crane lifts into the correct spot, Concrete pour occurs after rebar placement, and after sufficient curing (not drying) then the components are broken down again, staged, and flown (slang for lifting with crane) down to the ground where the process is repeated. They probably have enough formwork for more than 1 floor, so while things are being staged to take down to the next floor, they probably have the gang forms for the next floor ready to go. Here's a video on how they do it for wall construction: Keep in mind, the dissembling process for wall construction may be different than slab construction. Now, I dont know their formwork system or civil design. So what i'm saying is a bit speculative on my part. Please keep that in mind.
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    Brookfield seems confident on 5 AC. Or at least they don't want people to forget it's still a possibility. http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/my-story-paul-frazier/
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    I don't know where that rumor started. It's quite annoying when anyone mentions a super tall downtown it's always "BUT the FAA"! And for crying out loud the Chase Tower was not supposed to be 80 floors. Yet another Urban Legend... That anyone who cannot name the top 10 Tallest buildings (or even look it up), in this city thinks they have some secret knowledge that there is some height restrictions Downtown. Anyone remember that ugly 200 story building proposal? If any company wanted to build a 2,000ft skyscraper they could do so Downtown. Even if the FAA came into question, if the developer has enough pull in the system they can accomplish anything.
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    Anyone have any photos of Old Harrisburg? Im doing some research into the old town. JR Harris, Charles H. Milby, James Deady, and the Allen Ranch.
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    Its the 16 story 400,000 sqft building proposed for the site of the First Baptist Church parking lot of off I-10 close to the 6-10 intersection.
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    Well, I saw some porta potties out there, so I guess its a go.
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    Are you guys gonna have another dick waving contest? Or do we need to put you in corners of shame
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    Project Bluish Glass tower number 250! C'mon architects, pick a different color in photoshop!
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    That looks like the Apache site. They must've hired Hines to manage the development.
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    Anyone know something about this one? Hines is the developer. http://issuu.com/swrmarketing/docs/seb_q1_2013__final_electronic
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    Uhh...dude. 6 story apartment buildings are ALL OVER Portland and Paris. If you are whining about higher density while pining for Portland and Paris, then I can only surmise that you are ignorant or a troll.
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    King Owl, I'm just happy you think of me before you post anything now. It's both and honor and a boost to my already incredibly big, over inflated ego. Sorry if I hurt your feelings the other day. But I swear, I don't remember telling anyone they couldn't have an opinion. Not to sound paranoid, but that is just another misconception spread by another one (not King Owl) of my many, many jealous enemies at HAIF who is out to DESTROY me! This building does nothing for me. But I didn't expect anything from it. So you all have my permission in this case to rip it to shreds if it makes you happy and allows you get on with your lives. The only positives I can draw from this project (at the risk of saying anything positive)(I know that is frowned upon on the internet) is that at least it doesn't have a big parking lot between it and the street. It's strictly filler material. But at least it's 2010's urban-looking filler material and not out of date 1970s suburban garden style filler material. So it is a baby step in the right direction.
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    Why? What Houston needs are buildings that can get stabilized quickly. We don't need more buildings that sit empty for years and scare investors away again.
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    How does that work? Are the modular sections actually part of the building or just something to hold up the next floor while it is poured and drys? They look like a solid platform on top of six feet of metal laticework, so it seems like it would be too bulky to leave in place and too cumbersome to remove after the pour.
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    This morning they were doing a rough stake out of the 0 grade foot print (the podium base). It looks like the construction guys are planning the spatial logistics of the job site.
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    Modular formwork (premade formwork). Yep that'll speed things up.
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    Yes, not to mention that there are 3 major airports in the NYC area that are about the same distance as Hobby is to downtown that form a triangle around Manhattan. It doesn't seem as if that has really stopped vertical development in that city.
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    anyone who is thinking Hines is going to do something like double the size of this building is naive at best and out of their damn mind at worst. for a 41 story building an addition of 10 floors would easily justify as a "significant increase" - that's 25% of the existing building for crying out loud! i have no direct knowledge of Hines' plans for this development but please try and temper your expectations.
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    Were you in the thread about the Buccee's/Convention center area retail? The original spelling could be close to the mark.
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    Just a correction guys. The FAA doesnt have any power to shut down a project. What happens is the FAA will look a proposal and indicate if that will force them to alter approach and departing vectors to stay within FAA guidelines. If a new building will alter pathways for the airport; it can affect commerce out of that airport in a detrimental way. Normally; at this point Governments will step in and say, "yo-change this building design". The building developer doesnt have to listen to the FAA; they may however listen to the government.
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    Interior demolition is definitely going on. They are filling up and switching out dumpsters on the Capitol side with what looked like metal bits. Many upper floor windows are open as well. Interior demolition is definitely going on. They are filling up and switching out dumpsters on the Capitol side with what looked like metal bits. Many upper floor windows are open as well.
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    I wish there was a way to make a post persistent at the top of the thread so I didn't have to keep skipping back 5 pages to find the rendering. I thought I'd put it here again to save other people the trouble. I really wish we could see this from more angles. What's that groove along the one side? I wonder if the side facing the bayou where all of the Houston skyline photos are taken from has a similar feature or if it's just flat. At least it's a rounded rectangle floor plate rather than a simple box.
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    The developers are not getting burned by the HD ordinance. They know how to play the game. Additionally, they are not attached to the house. If the HAHC says change something, they have no problem doing so. They are just going to sell the house, not live in it. The problems arise with individuals who are invested in redoing their home to suit their tastes and needs. When HAHC tells these individuals to change something, it can be a huge deal. Of course, to those people who are architecturally ignorant, HAHC telling them to change something is no problem. I suppose that is why some people are not offended by HAHC's capriciousness.
  32. 1 point
    6/20 by HBJ: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2013/06/anadarko-tops-out-second-woodlands.html
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    Neither will young Vietnamese girls in short shorts and low-cut blouses. Yum.
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    You might want to contact the HVAC department at one of the community colleges as well. I know several local colleges have an HVAC program ... I am pretty sure they keep a list of previous graduates.
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