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  1. This: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/A-green-site-in-Memorial-to-become-luxury-real-5959253.php?t=635bd239e8&cmpid=twitter-desktop
  2. We used to have it. It was called the Enron Field District. It was an official district with fancy signs over the street name signs. That didn't work out very well.
  3. Like others have said, not every current proposal will suffer, but office projects in the energy corridor are probably more vulnerable.
  4. Love this development, but would be surprised if it moves forward in current oil environment.
  5. 3 out of the 5 floor plans have a secondary bedroom on the interior of the building, without windows. You can get away with it as long as you provide natural ventilation and illumination - the latter of which is typically done with skinny transom windows over the kitchen or other living space. Either way, those rooms always suck.
  6. Developers sometimes get a long-term approach that you don't see for corporate built-to-suit. Remember when BG Group tower was built? Right in the thick of the big recession, and Hines did not delay the project. Many people thought that tower would sit empty for a long time. Similar thing for the Hess tower.
  7. The retail buildings are fronting a new street with what looks like a pitiful sidewalk, the open spaces look like suburban-type ponds instead of activity areas, and the center of the development has a new wide street.. I know this is not the best "context" but the property fronts a park with lots of activity - and BTW the plan doesn't engage the park; but this is much better location than what City Center started out with (the intersection of two major freeways)
  8. Not crazy about it, just another glass box. And why on earth would they place the parking deck facing the bayou?!
  9. Who dares build highrises on the edge of the park? Keep all the parking lots instead and preserve these views of the other parking lots, please!
  10. Besides, adding lanes of traffic does nothing in the long term. I remember when I-10 was about to get expanded about ten years ago, the people opposing the project cited studies that showed that on average, roads go back to same level of congestion 7 years after expansion. Proponents of the project said that was nonsense, and a couple of years after the expansion they claimed victory bc I-10 was flowing so much better. Today, it's just as bad as it was 10 years ago. Never mind that 610 itself was just expanded a few years ago. .
  11. That is good quality construction. Fein is one of the few developers using metal studs and fiberglass sheathing instead of wood studs and wood or paper sheathing. Hines did the same at the waterwall building. If I was an institutional investor, these are the buildings I would want to buy.
  12. They have had it as part of their marketing material for a long time, maybe they added recently to the new website design. Architects advertise their designs all the time, regardless of actual construction status. They should though update the copy and say the project was planned in two phases.
  13. It looks plain and boring; which is actually a good thing for a RD project. Who's the designer?
  14. It's actually better than in most houses. These buildings have much better insulation, plus you don't get solar heat from the roof.
  15. Great improvement, thanks for posting Urbannizer! I see they have two underground mechanical levels...how quickly we forget the lessons from Allison.
  16. Seriously? Skanska is NOT a design firm, they are a construction company. They only make money if they BUILD the tower.
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