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  1. I just got back to my place after a week away, and noticed there's a crane set up in front of Drewery Place! Could they finally be starting something on the site next door??????
    11 points
  2. Houston Center by Marc longoria, on Flickr Houston Center by Marc longoria, on Flickr
    9 points
  3. Brochure updated with images of Phase II https://www.lovettcommercial.com/Pdf.aspx?id=332
    9 points
  4. So what your are looking at here are Auger Cast Piles. In Houston these typically go deep (60 - 120+ feet deep) and rely largely on skin friction with the soil. We do NOT "go to bedrock" in Houston, it is simply too far down to get to. Fun fact: Many of the tall building foundations downtown are VERY shallow. They use a mat slab which is anywhere between 8-15 feet thick across the entire footprint of the building.
    7 points
  5. It just fascinates me how a very tall 42 story building can exist on such a narrow footprint and remain stable. I often wonder how deep down (hopefully into bedrock) they have to drill for the support structure to carry the weight and keep it from toppling over, and if they have to have a counter balance structure at the top to mitigate high winds and swaying ? I know this is done in many places now, especially NYC where they just finished a 98 story tower on a similar footprint. Incredible engineering and technology no doubt.
    7 points
  6. MKT by Marc longoria, on Flickr MKT by Marc longoria, on Flickr MKT by Marc longoria, on Flickr
    7 points
  7. As of this writing, you have 4,705. With that level, you can recommend demolishing the Menil, Williams Tower, the BOA Center (heck, even a Whataburger) and receive polite discourse. I have 337. I can barely recommend demolishing a Citgo gas station...
    6 points
  8. https://www.hrdesigndept.com/current#/themontrosehotel/
    6 points
  9. Email today... (bulletin attached as PDF): ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It brings our Team great pleasure to present to you the first of many construction updates. Throughout the remainder of the buildout phase, Aspire Post Oak is thrilled to provide to you an insightful overview of our ongoing progress. Once per quarter, you will receive our exclusive bulletin dedicated to delivering the latest updates and information. We are approximately one year away from opening and would like to express our appreciation for your continued support and patience. As time draws
    5 points
  10. Looks to me like the crane is being used to do some exterior work on Drewery Place. Can’t imagine they’d need a crane, much less one extended that far, for work done on on an empty lot.
    5 points
  11. ENCORE concrete pump filling in 2nd floor on Grant Street side and Steel assembly for Office/Retail on Crocker Street Side.
    5 points
  12. It's a cool feeling seeing this interaction with the street. It goes against everything in the original vision. The contrast in glass is kind of ugly, but I guess I'll reserve judgements until it's complete with some greenery.
    4 points
  13. Yeah, you're right . . . . they started using it to move stuff onto the pool deck. 😭 Well, guess this thread'll go back to hibernation for another month or so. What a tease! edit: crane packed up and left, nothing's changed with the new site except an old dumpster full of demo garbage is gone that I'm pretty sure was removed a few weeks ago.
    4 points
  14. I have wanted to say that so badly, but thankfully you said it first and have more "reputation points" than me to deflect any bullets If you didn't know the significance of the building and the fact it is owned by the same people behind the high-rise, a passerby would immediately think some old lady refused to sell her home and stuck it to the developer, a la the old man in "Up".
    4 points
  15. I think the contrast is pretty neat, from a historical perspective. I'm going to enjoy pointing out to people why there's such a stark break between the old building and the new renovations, and the 180 planning philosophy has made since the Houston Center was built.
    3 points
  16. The Final Environmental Impact Statement has been released now: http://www.ih45northandmore.com/final_eis.aspx Also I see they have a brochure that I hadn't noticed before (seems new?) with some interesting material: https://online.flowpaper.com/7afd0778/FactsHighlightsPapersENGLISHclickable/ Houston Chronicle article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/TxDOT-releases-environmental-analysis-on-7B-I-45-15598001.php
    3 points
  17. Hey it’s been killing me for a while now, but I can NOT find what this development is on this forum. It’s not the Pling but it’s next door to it. Across from the Natural Pawz on Westheimer. Near the Westheimer/Helen intersection. It’s two stories and looks pretty big (for where it is on Westheimer.) if this topic exist please merge.
    3 points
  18. Does the old mansion turned hotel look out of place or the two towers? I love that they kept it. It's one of the last grand Montrose ladies. And I know from living in Boston that many new projects built around or integrated old structures.
    3 points
  19. I had to move to Costa Mesa, CA for work a few years back after living in Houston all my life. I was biking distance from Huntington Beach. And let me tell you, even with the mountains, and the ocean, and the weather, it sucked. Everything was ridiculously expensive. It wasn't near as diverse. The ocean wasn't noisy, it didn't have seagulls. There wasn't that heavy salty wind that made you feel alive. IT NEVER RAINED. I missed thunderstorms the entire time I was there. The area was "pleasant" but just felt...sterile. Just a homogenous experience. I LOVE our summer s
    3 points
  20. I for one love the old building but i also have history there...so there's that! haha anyway, i am glad it is staying there..i think it adds alot of character and interest to the development!
    3 points
  21. (Old Photo from a few years ago) This kooky building has always facinated me for some reason and always thought it was where 1/2 Price Books should relocate. This morning i noticed it has been totally deconstructed down to the steel frame and major work is being done to turn it into an "Outpatient Clinic"... oh well... just giving an update
    3 points
  22. Best view of the roof will be from the top of the Glassel School, and you’re right about the interior ceilings - spectacular!
    3 points
  23. The model/rendering looks cool. I’m still bummed that the most interesting aspect of the exterior design (imho) — the roof — will go largely unseen. Although, it should translate to a spectacular ceiling on the inside.
    3 points
  24. I wouldn’t mind a rebuild. I really liked this gas station. They always had a treat for my dog and were extremely nice. Never any bums hanging outside.
    3 points
  25. Yeah, they've been working on hard on that mountain of dirt that has been sitting there. Glad to see activity again. Plus they broke up the median on Cullen and looks like they'll put a turn lane for people trying to connect to 59. No more breaking the law!
    3 points
  26. well it never went for sale. This is owned by the Houston housing authority. This will have a small % of rent controlled units for seniors. Majority (85% or so?) will be market rate.
    3 points
  27. construction fencing is going up around the parking lot for the new law building.
    3 points
  28. That's fine, you don't come across as dry. Wouldn't change a thing.
    3 points
  29. I grew up in the suburbs, but moved into midtown last year for school. Much of my studies actually include studying Houston itself, as a built environment and as it relates to its environment. I had pretty poor expectations coming in, but I now honestly believe that Houston is secretly the best city in the US, and I really hope it stays that way, emphasis on the secret part. For all its flaws, Houstonians really do seem to believe that the city gets better each year, and that's pretty rare for people living in a major US city to say. I even have some stats to prove it 🤪
    2 points
  30. 100% agree with see this being against the original vision. The change has been much...more than I would have thought after seeing the original outline a year ago. If they basically just remove SOME of the brick from the Shops, downtown will have gotten such a facelift. And walking into the shops will no longer feel like going into a bunker.
    2 points
  31. Love the pictures and love this hotel concept. Houston badly needs small scale boutique hotels! These are the kind of places i look for when I go to new cities... little hotels within cool neighborhoods. Are these drawings released because the project is dead or is the project moving forward?
    2 points
  32. I'll say this... as one of the original "preservation twins"... I would trade that old mansion for a stately midrise with some GFR. Something about 8 stories, tall enough to cover up that parking garage. Its time has come and it looks ridiculous sitting there. No need to demolish, just move it somewhere else.
    2 points
  33. The Greek Orthodox Church really adds another dimension to that last pic!
    2 points
  34. https://www.virtualbx.com/bid-bulletin/2100-memorial-senior-living-complex-subbid/
    2 points
  35. Here's the building before the tubes were in place. As you say, it looks like there are real windows and window-shaped indentations in the concrete.
    2 points
  36. I see the darker glass that was mentioned. Maybe they liked the look of the glass on the new tower in Uptown.
    2 points
  37. Found some recent photos of inside with the floors cut out and skylight/tarp installed.
    2 points
  38. you got it close, but we gotta go full Bissonnet and Ashby if you want to see how it will really look....
    2 points
  39. Project: Tower A (Hotel and Condos) Address: 2701 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 Architect: Preston Partnership Information: A 32-story hotel/condo with exterior amenities at levels 9 and 32. Hotel restaurant/bar (3,200 SF), co-working area with conference room (1,200 SF), and 1,165 SF of retail at level 1 Parking at levels 2 - 6 Ballrooms at level 7 Fitness at level 8 Outdoor dining, dog run, and yoga at level 9 along with two swimming pools Outdoor garden area and pool at level 32 183 hotel units (lev
    2 points
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