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  1. I don’t know if these signs are new or not but there are Harvey construction signs on the fencing. I’m pretty observant so I feel like they are new but I’m not 100% sure. Also I doubt Harvey did the Post Oak renovation so this could be a good sign.
    21 points
  2. A couple of pics of the ceiling in the main atrium, taken from the third floor. As you can see, there’s tons of natural light augmented with some artificial light. I can’t wait to see this building once she’s finished!
    16 points
  3. Updated renderings. Construction is now set to begin mid-November.
    10 points
  4. It's going to be a shame to ruin these beautiful, clean walls with a bunch of paintings...😉
    7 points
  5. @houstontexasjackI partially agree with you. The street level facade at lobby/bank hall on Capitol and at the Understory atrium on Milam are nice enough. The ability to peer down into the food hall from outside and walk down the tiered seating inside has a nice sense of occasion and connection. The glassy tower is decent... but also at ground level everything beyond the Common Bond location on Rusk and all of the frontage on Travis doesn't feel scaled to pedestrians at all. Perhaps it's unfair, but for me it really drags the overall exterior experience down. I don't necessarily mind the lack of GFR (actually Common Bond is gonna be awesome at this location). It's the massing, detailing, and materiality along these 2 streets (Rusk & Travis) that bother me. It felt inhospitable to walk there. The big planter boxes somehow make it worse by squeezing people up against the big stone wall like walking through a back alley. They even down-graded the sidewalk pavement to plain ole concrete here 🤨. I know these are the more service/utility oriented sides of the building but other towers built within the last 15-20yrs do it appreciably better (1000 Main, Hilcorp, BG Place, 609 Main...) If a building occupies a full Downtown block, I don't think any side can be treated like it's the back but that's how most of the bottom 2 floors on the Rusk and Travis sides look. ^^^This doesn't look all that well thought out to me.
    6 points
  6. Harvey is going to be the GC of the project, I talked with a Harvey worker during the demo of the parking garage where the Preston is going up and he told me they were building at the McNair project.
    5 points
  7. I still call 'Lakewood/Compaq Center' The Summit.
    5 points
  8. This is the parking lot where my hooligan friends and I used to hang out in the early 80's.
    5 points
  9. Adjacent to the regular seated restaurant, it looks like common bond will also have some sort of counter service. Covered out-door seating area.
    5 points
  10. well dangity dang dang this is going fast! should we go ahead and take bets as to whether this or Nidda Thai Cuisine plaza will open first?! haha!!!!! 🤪 and wow thanks @architeckton thanks for the awesome photos!
    4 points
  11. Idk. An active construction site puts more of a smile on my face than a vacant lot covered in grass. That Chevron lot still hurts my heart. Depending on what's going up, I would prefer an active construction site over the plaza and park too. Construction sites are fun to follow
    4 points
  12. Great news. I used to live right there and would walk over quite often. I don't get around there as much as it is great to hear they are coming. I read about the Voodoo Donuts as well. I think they are taking over the old Radio Shack.
    3 points
  13. 3 points
  14. they are! i was making a joke about how dang long its taking to open this plaza back up!...but good news for you...the signage is already up and they are well underway! and the Voodoo Donuts location is next door to it i do believe and they are well underway as well!
    3 points
  15. Yeah...but it's hard to beat books and booze together.
    3 points
  16. You’re probably right. Why would anyone want to live in a non traditional high rise apartment with a central location, next to a park, blocks from the theaters, skyline views with any pizzazz.
    3 points
  17. Probably based on every rendering I’ve seen.
    3 points
  18. Not only the intersection, but that particular block is the best one on one of the best intersections. Lincoln Street bisects the block immediately across Westheimer. The Aladdin block is irregularly shaped and about half the size. The smoothie King block across Montrose it's bigger and would probably be better suited to the open renderings we saw a few pages back. But the south West corner of that intersection is a perfect parcel on one of the more popular intersections in town. I just think archiphiles would expect greatness here. It's not going to be hard to disappoint us on this one. Hopes are high.
    3 points
  19. Eh, this is one of the most important intersections in the city. I'm hoping for something genuinely great (like the Montrose Collective + 500 apartments or something) rather than just good enough.
    3 points
  20. I'm hoping that the Planning Department starts cranking out new Walkable Places and transit corridors as quickly as possible. Right now only the existing light rail lines, the uptown BRT, and the University BRT will be designated as corridors. They need to add every planned BRT line, Light rail extension, BOOST line, and any other high frequency bus line immediately. The 82 (lower Westheimer) needs to be a transit corridor yesterday. And then, for the first round of walkable places: Washington Corridor All of Montrose W 19th St White Oak Yale Shepherd Durham Rice Village EaDo N Main ...and lots of other places
    3 points
  21. Great photos thanks for those ! This building is making a massive presence felt downtown and I hope eventually on part of the skyline. It is amazing and going up so fast now. I swear Houston has one of THE BEST skylines in the country ! I'm so proud of this great City and region.
    3 points
  22. Project: Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center Location: 4410 Reed Road Houston, TX 77051 Architect: Kirksey Information: The Sunnyside Multi-Service & Health Center is a single 2-story building, approximately 56,000 SF. The new facility will combine the community service oriented Multi-Service Center programs and the Health Center programs into one facility. The building will be located on a 6.5 acre site and construction is set to begin the 2nd quarter of 2021 with a duration of approximately 16 months.
    2 points
  23. You mean the old YMCA lot? If so then I can do without that grass field. That old yellow and red brick building was cute.
    2 points
  24. I'm thinking more day to day, walking around level. That vacant lot makes a great dog-playing-catch area downtown
    2 points
  25. Nidda Thai needs to come back. Loved that place. I heard the owners were back in Thailand for now. Hope they reopen one day.
    2 points
  26. I very honestly would add the areas around the current rail lines to those two streets. Midtown, just by the buildings that are already there, give a glimpse of what the rail corridors could end up looking like, specifically that area by the Continental Club and a few streets north. All that land around Wheeler (that Rice/Mann don't already own) and south of it, the land south of TMC going to NRG, and the area going southeast of the soccer stadium can finally have development that makes sense and not just random smatterings of...whatever.
    2 points
  27. I think it looks elegant and clean, I don't think their target demographic is looking for "piazzazz" outside their apartment.
    2 points
  28. I think when it's all done, it will come together nicely...... I will remain optimistic. :-)
    2 points
  29. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-considers-a-plan-to-make-the-city-more-15459085.php
    2 points
  30. Awesome, I'm not the only person here who still calls it the right name. It will always be the Transco Tower to me. Along with the Republic Bank building, the Allied Bank building, the Texas Commerce Tower, etc.
    2 points
  31. The Montrose Collective from high up above and from down below, photographing this project has been a learning experience for me as I watched how this structure was built, from the laying of its foundation to the rise of the steel superstructure, looking forward to its completion.
    1 point
  32. I went to Mexico. they had thermal imaging to get through customs, then another thermal imaging to get through security.
    1 point
  33. Just googled Skanska residential. Mostly midrise but a new mixed-use high rise in Seattle is going up. Their projects look safe. Nothing bad but nothing great.
    1 point
  34. As long as Half-Price books stays in the area, I don't care what they build there. Unless its a cookie-cutter apt like the Montrose at Buffalo Bayou *shudders*.
    1 point
  35. I think the Capitol Tower is actually quite nice in terms of pedestrian experience. The opening into Understory is clear and quite inviting. It lacks the same opportunities for ground floor tenants as 609 Main, but I think the design was mean to engage the surface with the tunnel space below. Skanska's "tunnel space" connects with the ground level in a way that I haven't seen with other structures Downtown. I would not peg the Capitol Tower design as lacking thought. It just engages the ground level differently than more traditional retail rings.
    1 point
  36. This passed city council unanimously - pretty big step for Houston Urbanism.
    1 point
  37. I love these mid rise buildings. They are not as costly as a hirise They usually are cheaper to rent because of this. They can be filled up quicker They look a lot better than a surface lot They contribute more to building up the critical density than a surface lot. To be honest my eyes are usually between ground level and 6 levels or so. Anything higher than that for me is just icing. Filling up vacant or surface lots is more exciting than the number of floors just as long as I'm not looking at blank walls or exposed parking levels.
    1 point
  38. I would agree Houston needs to do better in the public realm however I disagree with you using NYC as an example.They are notorious for exclusivity and class segregation. Exclusive buildings, clubs (think Yacht, Yale, etc), and even have a park that requires a key so only residents surrounding it can access it. The buildings that do have observation decks have dedicated entrances and spaces so tourist do not co mingle with the actual tenants of the building. If you ever try to go to one of the other entrances of said building prepare to meet the wrath of god from a private security officer. I've also never met an NYC resident that though fondly of tourists. I have friends (not rich) that live there that won't go within block of the "tourist" areas. While I never saw 30 people up there I did notice over time that it was more and more crowded. At my tower downtown when 50%+ of the building is trying to use the elevator (morning, lunch, 5-6pm) elevators become packed and you even have to wait for the 3rd or 4th elevator to finally get down or up. I really wish the sky lobby could be open to the public but the truth of the matter is it was never really intended for that. If it were they would have built dedicated elevators and space so the actual building tenants were not disturbed.
    1 point
  39. Saw two new variance signs requesting reduced setbacks for residential. This could be interesting!
    1 point
  40. I work next door. This would be a huge amenity for the area
    1 point
  41. So I'm guessing the tallest building will be the hotel on the lower section and condos on the taller section. The shortest one probably the office tower. I bet thats where McNair Interests will office in that building. Just speculating
    1 point
  42. Wow! Looks to be the 2nd tallest tower in the Galleria! This was the same site of that supertall skyscraper around the Great Recession. Edit: Might be a direct competitor to San Felipe Plaza in height.
    1 point
  43. More images of ZC's former design: http://zieglercooper.com/post-oak-place/
    1 point
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