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  1. I think they are building something on that mini-lot. Phase IV. But what that picture is, Im pretty sure it's a mock up for phase III (its been there since the start of the project). 2 different brick schemes, different paint schemes, insulation installation procedure, no foundation, etc....
  2. "Not sure if this is an add on as it is across the street from the main development:" I'm pretty sure that's a mock up for the field crews.
  3. not a lot actually. Its in the busier part of midtown.
  4. haha, I wasnt offended. I dont even work in transportation! I deal with energy/oil/gas/nuke. I chuckled at your comment.
  5. Ya, its not sarcasm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Houston To summarize... Houston is home to more than 10,700 manufacturing establishments. The Houston-Gulf Coast region has nearly 40 percent of the U.S. capacity for base petrochemicals, ensuring rapid access to major resin producers and resin technologies. Houston is projected to experience a 2.7 percent increase in manufacturing employment by 2012 Houston dominates U.S. oil and gas exploration and production. The city remains unrivaled as a center for the American energy industry.[18] In January 2005, the Houston Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSA) accounted for: 31% of all U.S. jobs in oil and gas extraction (38,300 of 123,400), and 14% of all U.S. jobs in support activities for mining (28,100 of 200,900).[19] Houston is headquarters for 17 energy-related Fortune 500 companies and is home to more than 3,600 energy-related establishments. Houston is home to 13 of the nation’s 20 largest natural gas transmission companies, 600 exploration and production firms and more than 170 pipeline operators. Houston is one of the world’s largest manufacturing centers for petrochemicals, and the $15 billion petrochemical complex at the Houston Ship Channel is the largest in the country. Supporting the industry is a complex of several thousand miles of pipelineconnecting 200 chemical plants, refinery, salt domes and fractionation plants along the Texas Gulf Coast, which allows transfer offeedstocks, fuel and chemical products among plants, storage terminals and transportation facilities. Houston has more than 400 chemical manufacturing establishments with more than 35,000 employees.[26] Houston has two of four largest U.S. refineries.ExxonMobil’s complex in Baytown is one of the oldest in the area and one of the largest of its kind in the world More than 235 establishments in the Houston metro area manufacture plastic and rubber products.[27] Houston dominates the U.S. production of three major resins: polyethylene (38.7% of U.S. capacity); polyvinyl chloride (35.9% of U.S. capacity) and polypropylene(48.4% of U.S. capacity) Like I said... Good name for a bar in this city. <----Forensic/Structural Engineer who works in Refineries, Nuke Plants, and Natural Gas Plants all over the US and Canada.
  6. the Refinery... Thats a good name for a bar... especially in this city.
  7. I feel a bit bad for that little house thats going to remain on the corner.... Very Disneys' Up
  8. Dumb question: I drove by there recently but it looks like they built a second parking garage North of the main project. It was roughly at the block bounded by Victor, Cushing, and Cleveland... Is that Post Midtown's doing as well or a separate project?
  9. I asked the leasing office and they stated there will be retail on grey for phase III. The little lot deemed phase IV will have no retail.
  10. very nice rendering. I'd like to see the day time shot for color purposes instead of inundated with flood lights
  11. http://www.gid.com/d...-sovereign.aspx Thats going to have some awesome views of the skyline. Nice project
  12. Based on just images alone, it looks like the only reasoning between the two bridge types is architectural. I believe the span, and elevation for the the buffalo bayou pedestrian bridge is longer and higher respectively than the Brays Bayou Bridge. That being said, the loads and spans associated for both these bridges are so low that (to an extent) the only legit worry is cost... because buffalo bayou appears longer, it may have been less feasible from the cost standpoint to do some crazy architectural structure. Finally, from an engineering standpoint the Brays bridge pictured above is kind of a silly design, but thats why architects make the big bucks compared to us structural engineers. Also, just to clarify I do Power Plant/Oil Refinery Civil work--- so my knowledge may somewhat be limited.
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