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  1. I’m of the impression the compound is designed with security in mind. Period. It is architecturally significant, but it isn’t destined to be a “feel free to walk off the street and just mill about” sort of place.
  2. Amen to that @tangledwoods regarding clients who are organized versus those who aren’t... That said the Aga Kahn Foundation probably doesn’t build all too often, and may not be as experienced as a local hotel or gas station developer. Neither does the MFAH, but I would suspect these would be rewarding and quality clients despite the overall lack of experience.
  3. Hardly worthy of an announcement. Guess things are slow if this is news worthy for Ion.
  4. I’m just going to go out on a limb and suppose the architect is a tad zealous with regard to controlling the details here. That is reinforced by the developer/owner who likely wants to have as crisp and perfect of a job as possible. I suspect that money is not an issue for this project in the slightest. It is the centerpiece of this foundations American presence, and a prominent one at that.
  5. Project like this will have a near endless stream of RFI’s I’ll wager. It’s all figured into the price. Question for any Architect’s/Engineers and Contractors on here: have any of you ever worked on a high profile project with a crazy high budget - such as a museum or building like this?
  6. Was expecting a big non-Houston company to be a part of that announcement. Typical click-bait headline.
  7. To me - it’s kinda Austin in a nutshell recently with regard to their many tall buildings. Most are stretched residential towers that are tall for the sake of being tall and nothing else. I think Texas Commerce Tower isn’t ugly, it’s far more simplistic in what it is trying to be than Red Rocket over yonder. It also, if you recall, would have been the 3rd or 4th tallest building in town if the oil bust hadn’t occurred. Oh well. Good for Austin. They deserve some tall buildings filled with whatever it is they’re filled with. I understand they’ve got some flights to places like Paris and London nowadays too. To think the whole city wouldn’t exist but for Mirabeau B. Lamar’s utter disdain for Sam Houston!
  8. Seems odd that this big development would go in right next to a massive tank farm with (I assume) multiple pipeline terminus’ just across the fence line to the north/northeast. Oh well. I’m sure the tank farm has been in planning for a lot longer than this, so at least it wasn’t an unknown.
  9. @Ross good stuff. Thanks for the information. Personally I hope they do build this. I’m a big proponent of alternative energy as a supplement to our more “traditional” methods of energy production (natural gas, nuclear being the primary sources I favor), and hope it’s wildly successful. Goodness knows it won’t suffer from extreme winter weather out that far into the Gulf. It’s primarily August and September to worry over for anything offshore.
  10. That’s a great point @Ross. I completely forgot about the systems in place/being installed in the North Sea. Windmills are, by their very nature designed to “capture” the energy of the wind (which I know you’re quite aware of this fact-so bear with me), so in that respect I would think there is some concern about survivability during any big storm. I’ve no doubt that the design engineers will be sure to account for potential wind speeds in excess of 140mph+ While we seldom see those sort of sustained winds or gusts on land, take note of any number of hurricanes that have made landfall over the last decade+ and how they’ve rapidly intensified, then wind speed has downgraded closer to land. So the windmills will need to sustain a higher wind than just about anything on land, and in particular because access to them for major repairs would be quite difficult I’d expect.
  11. I would think the birds will less likely to strike a tower over the open water than on land since they are only flying across the Gulf and not stopping to roost for the night as they would while traversing land. What concerns me: Hurricanes. I realize they can engineer these structures to withstand specific conditions, but they (engineers) do the same for the Gulf oil rigs and those are still largely at the mercy of storms. Given our continued growth in this state, lack of other new power solutions being built at a fast enough pace to keep up with our growth we must build new energy sources. This will help to alleviate some of the strain on the ERCOT grid, but I’ll wager by the time it’s completely up and running those 2 million households will have been built statewide. Isn’t the Port Arthur site (which is much smaller) the alternative option?
  12. There is a fine line between a nice looking super tall and one that is not nice looking. I think this building is not overly attractive - based on the renderings. It’s striving for too much. There is too many things happening. Look at Gensler and Shanghai Tower for a quality super tall, or IM Pei and the Library Tower in LA. Those are both nice tall buildings. I shall not say anything about our local super tall besides it’s utilitarian design works well in the skyline, and is “also” an IM Pei building though designed by partner Henry Cobb.
  13. @Luminare what I’ve heard from clients is: they’re wanting to get started on projects so that when they are completed we will be emerging/have emerged from recession… seems many are thinking that it won’t be as deep or painful as others. Only time will tell?
  14. Some thoughts: 1) the Embassy Suites was absolutely V.E.’d. The original design wasn’t architectural magic, but it was better than what it became. 2) Don’t thank the developers for not buying the whole block because they foresaw a nice future development taking the other 2/3 of the block. They simply could not afford it or they would have. And, if they had, there would have been one of two outcomes: a) a more impressive hotel constructed - think Marriott Marquis or Hilton Americas-esque; or b) a surface parking lot for the current hotel in lieu of parking structure. 3) Don’t hate the rinky-dink hotels too much. Not every hotel can be a Ritz or Waldorf Astoria. As great as those brands are, they’re not affordable to most folks, and lacking some more business/family scale pricing helps to draw more people into Downtown. I will wager the big oak will get moved into the location (near) the southern most tower crane? Seems like a big corner and that makes sense. I could be mistaken, since the base for the crane is a hefty construct itself and removing that might be cost prohibitive?
  15. Looks like they added a black box. That’s great, we will know what the hell happened in the event it plummets back to earth.
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