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    administrative / operations / management professional, with an abundance of love for the city of houston and greater houston, tx region. TEXAS LONGHORN for life!

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  1. ^^^ @slcowart416 possibly helipad.
  2. gclass

    Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion

    ^^^ for those that may have forgotten what the original renders/concepts illustrated...
  3. 2929 Weslayan/Height 533′ Address: 2929 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77027 Height: 533′ Floors: 40 Opened: 2015
  4. ^^^ although, this particular EQUINOX rendition is nowhere near the UBER SPLENDOR of the additions slated for chicago, new york, and los angeles, this particular houston addition is still beautiful, sexy, and shall be infused brilliantly into the ULTRA POSH RIVER OAKS DISTRICT neighborhood. we have been awaiting these renderings/concepts of the houston addition of EQUINOX for quite some time. overall, i'm a happy camper. i cannot wait to view the DUSK renderings... as this edifice shall be gorgeous at evening/night in lieu of this particular neighborhood. sexy indeed...
  5. gclass

    Camden Conte: 21-Stories x2 (2 Phases) - Downtown

    ^^^ @hindesky simply outstanding work my pal! haven't missed a beat!
  6. ^^^ @Skyboxdweller props for this generous update. however, are the two hotels slated for this particular strip luxury brands? will they present a serious WOW FACTOR to this area?
  7. gclass

    The Allen: Allen Pkwy/Gillette Mixed Use 6 acres

    ^^^ it's the AMBASSADOR of this project. therefore, it must be perfect!
  8. gclass

    Allen Center Redevlopment

    https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/01/09/downtown-houston-doubletree-to-become-independent.html?ana=TRUEANTHEMTWT_HO&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c366ef104d3016cd57047cc&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter Downtown Houston DoubleTree to become independent hotel named after ‘mother of Houston’ A new independent hotel will debut this summer, replacing the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown. The property, at 400 Dallas St., will be renamed C. Baldwin, according to a Jan. 9 press release. The name is in honor of Charlotte Baldwin Allen, who is called the “mother of Houston,” per the release and the Texas State Historical Association. The hotel is part of Allen Center, and both are owned by New York-based Brookfield Properties. Brookfield launched a $48.5 million renovation of Allen Center in 2016 and completed Phase 1 of the project in fall 2017. Renovations to the hotel began in late summer 2018, and Brookfield hinted that it would be rebranded. Lauren Rottet of Houston-based Rottet Studio and Kate Rohe of Philadelphia-based Rohe Creative are working on the interior design of the hotel, per the Jan. 9 release. New York-based Turner Construction Co. is the interior general contractor, and Atlanta-based DesignOne is the architect of record for the interior work. Houston-based construction firm Tellepsen Builders and Dallas-based architecture firm Morrison Dilworth + Walls are handling the exterior curtain wall work. C. Baldwin will feature 354 rooms, a luxury nail salon, local retailers, activated green space and 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, per the release. It also will include a signature restaurant that will be named after another groundbreaking woman. “Houston has some excellent hotels but none that are emblematic of the city it has somewhat discreetly become, which is to say a bootstrapping economic powerhouse and global hub that just happens to be wildly diverse, wonderfully eccentric and exceedingly cosmopolitan,” Maggie Rosa, general manager of C. Baldwin and previously general manager of the DoubleTree, said in the release. “We felt it was high time to introduce a hospitality experience that would truly embody one of our country’s most evolving destinations while honoring an awe-inspiring female pioneer.” Charlotte Baldwin Allen was married to Augustus Chapman “A.C.” Allen, a New York real estate speculator who officially co-founded Houston with his brother, John Kirby Allen, per the release. A.C. Allen left Houston after separating from Charlotte in 1850, per the Texas State Historical Association. But Charlotte Allen remained in the Bayou City and “became the primary financial driver of Houston’s entire construction industry,” per the release. She also “donated countless leagues of public land — even though as a woman she did not legally own any herself — including the site used for the first city hall (now downtown’s Market Square Park) and countless plots to civic organizations,” per the release. “C. Baldwin aims to pay homage to the deedless developer, brand-wielding cattle rancher, brash businesswoman and tireless philanthropist,” the release states. “The prime property is being completely rethought and rebuilt in a style befitting the independently determined visionary, while honoring others like her.”
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    Camden Conte: 21-Stories x2 (2 Phases) - Downtown

    ^^^ @j_cuevas713 the second phase shall mirror the first phase.
  10. ^^^ i absolutely concur. for several years now, the powers that be, have been craving a much smaller and more intimate arena for basketball. it is often times stated that "the erwin center is much to cavernous for basketball games and that the site lines are terrible". oh well, (there's always going to be a bit of give and take) upon these huge capital projects. i am just very happy that the arena shall be able to expand to 15,000 for multipurpose events. most of the prospective technology heading into this new arena is going to be amazing. what a gorgeous place...
  11. ^^^ @twinsanity02 thank you my pal! i appreciate KANSAS as well, wonderful people up there.
  12. The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday authorized the flagship campus in Austin to partner with a private-sector team led by Oak View Group LLC, and including Austin-based actor Matthew McConaughey, to build and operate a $338 million basketball and multipurpose arena. The arena, to be constructed at what is now a parking lot just south of Mike A. Myers Track Stadium and Soccer Field, will replace the Erwin Center, which will be torn down to accommodate expansion of UT’s Dell Medical School. UT and ArenaCo — which includes OVG, Live Nation, C3 Presents and McConaughey — are putting the finishing touches on a 35-year agreement. Los Angeles-based Oak View will lease 6.64 acres between Red River Street and Robert Dedman Drive for construction, and UT will own the arena once it’s completed. School officials say they are not aware of another university with a similar arrangement. And it’s a cinch that no other venue will have Academy Award winner McConaughey as its “minister of culture,” a title he bestowed on himself as an investor in the venture, officials said. University President Gregory L. Fenves said the arena will have 10,000 seats for basketball and up to 15,000 for concerts and other events. “The new arena has been designed with UT student-athletes and Longhorn fans in mind,” Fenves said. “It will be more accessible to residence halls and to the many students living on or near campus. The interior will allow for closer-in, enthusiastic crowds and clearer views of the court.” The extra seating capacity presumably will be walled off in some fashion so that the arena doesn’t look partially empty for basketball games. Asked how that would work, athletics director Chris Del Conte told the American-Statesman, “We’re just in preliminary stages. We’ll be getting into the nitty-gritty of how to do that now.” McConaughey, a 1993 UT graduate, said in a statement, “It’s time for an authentic home court advantage for our Longhorn basketball teams. It’s time for quality, success, and victories for the Longhorns and for Austin. It’s time for the big show. It’s time. Hook ’em.” UT will have control of the new arena for about 60 days a year to accommodate men’s and women’s basketball games, high school graduations and other school-related or community functions. During that time, the university will control concession prices and receive that revenue. The Oak View team will be in charge of the facility for the rest of the time, recovering its investment from operating revenues, including concession prices it will set. After 10 years, UT will get a cut of those revenues. Oak View’s team will pay no rent for use of the building and land. UT and its private partners will collaborate when it comes to awarding naming rights. Fenves said the public-private partnership amounts to a great deal for the university and avoids it or local taxpayers having to underwrite the capital costs. However, there could be costs to the university and the city of Austin for realigning Red River Street, which officials hope to do to straighten the road and create extra space for the project. By having another party pay for the project, UT doesn’t have to issue bonds to underwrite construction and pay off the debt. That presumably will give the university more debt capacity for academic projects. There is no doubt a political calculation to UT’s approach as well. The university’s funding request to the Legislature for the session that begins next month includes $100 million in bonds to renovate the J.T. Patterson Labs Building, home to the Department of Integrative Biology, one of UT’s most highly ranked programs. Were the university to fund a new arena itself, lawmakers might ask why the school needs state money for the labs when it can afford hundreds of millions for an arena. Construction of the new arena is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019, with completion coming in time for the 2021-22 basketball season. UT officials at one point had suggested that the city of Austin help pay for a new arena. That notion proved a non-starter. Mayor Steve Adler praised the university’s arena plan. “I think the university and the city government have a shared goal and interest in making sure the community is strong and wonderful, so I think that the idea that the university has come up with in order to have an arena that serves both the university and the community more generally is a good one,” Adler told the Statesman. The Austin school district rented the Erwin Center at a $140,000 base fee to cover several days this year for graduations, according to a copy of the agreement that the Statesman obtained from the district. “In regard to the future privatization of the facility, that decision has not affected the district at this time,” district spokeswoman Cristina Nguyen said. The Erwin Center, built in 1977, is one of the most active campus venues in the nation, the site of more than 200 events a year. Nicknamed “the Drum” because of its shape, the Erwin Center is operated by UT’s athletic department. The center is named for Frank C. Erwin Jr., a colorful and powerful figure who was chairman of the Board of Regents in the late 1960s and early 1970s. UT’s medical district plan describes the Erwin Center as “outdated.” The plan calls for a new practice facility for basketball — replacing the Denton Cooley Pavilion, next to the Erwin Center — to be built at the northwest corner of Red River and Clyde Littlefield Drive. Replacing the practice facility is on hold for now, Del Conte said, noting that the pavilion was recently renovated.
  13. ^^^ almost forgot what it should look like...