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  1. I'm surprised that there isn't much more information about this new building. Unfortunately, I was not allowed on the grounds to take photos yet, as the building was not open yet. I did manage to take a couple of pics from the feeder road.
  2. Anyone know anything else about this? Ziegler Cooper - Eldridge Energy Center
  3. I noticed that most of the buildings in the Energy Corridor in and around Eldridge Parkway are not on your site's building database... Just wanted to post a few photos showing some Cabot Oil and Gas Sysco Tower Foster Wheeler SBM Atlantia
  4. Halliburton Co. will move from its offices in downtown Houston and build a 16-story tower in the Energy Corridor under a sweeping plan to consolidate its local operations at two redeveloped office parks by 2012, the company said Friday. The oil-field services giant, now with five facilities in the area, will relocate 5,200 local employees to the two campuses but is not planning layoffs as part of the move, a company spokeswoman said. However, the company recently said it laid off an undisclosed number of workers amid a downturn in oil and gas drilling activity. Rivals Schlumberger and Baker Hughes have done the same. Under the new plan, Halliburton
  5. This article should become entirely viewable within a few days, but to hit what is known at the moment... This building is slated to be 275k-300k Square feet (I'd guess 12-15 floors?) and should begin construction in Spring of 2008 within Eldridge Place, a pair of office buildings 12 & 14 stories tall. The article made the developer, Behringer Harvard Real Estate Investments, seem tight-lipped as there was little else to be mentioned at the moment. More should be forthcoming when the project gets underway.
  6. Article in the Chronicle that Technip USA going to build a new tower out there. Here's da' link. apparently, they are interested in consolidating all the workers that are up and down I-10.....at least that will reduce SOME traffic. I've always wondered what would have happened if those buildings would have been put in Downtown instead. not that 17 story's is a big building...but I would imagine it would have been bigger if it was built in DT.
  7. just noticed a new crane on south side of I10 in between park10 and hwy. right next to the enterprise rentacar http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&...&iwloc=addr didnt see a sign, anyone know what it is?
  8. The first of two tower cranes is going up over at BP today for their new building named Helios Plaza. The building is getting ready to start going vertical hopefully next week.
  9. Hi, We recently moved to Houston and are currently renting in The Woodlands while we try to decide where to buy. We are having real trouble narrowing our search down to one neighborhood, so I am hoping that getting a few opinions here might help us... :-) We have a young family and noise and crime averse (By that I mean that even things like loud music from passing cars at night or getting a bicycle stolen from the garage would drive us completely crazy. I know these things happen anywhere but we would rather lessen the risk). We want a large single family house with a yard of some sort. We would prefer to live in a close in neighborhood because we are city people despite the above - but we are priced out of the hugely gentrified kind of places we probably would feel comfortable in like (from a position of complete ignorance) Bellaire. The Woodlands probably would be more or less OK as a compromise except for 1) It is just too much of a commute into Houston. It is taking up to 1 1/2 hours at peak times into Downtown right now. 2) It is very very white. Our budget is about 240K and we do want 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage. At the moment I am looking at 2 areas: 1) Sugar Land which is closer in than The Woodlands and seems more ethnically mixed. But it is still a long commute and very suburban. Does anyone have an opinion on which way property prices will go here in the next 5-10 years? The big plus for this one is that it looks like we would be closer to the "worst house in the best area" ideal scenario. 2) Which brings us to the other area we have been looking at, around the 77077 postcode just South of the I-10 west which I know has a large European population. Not as "pretty" but we like the fact that it feels much more a part of the city, although I am not sure about the commute at rush hour... We would be looking at a 70s house if we bought in this area. Worries: what is the build quality likely to be on this kind of house? Also from what I have seen the price range of older houses such as we could afford in this area would put us nearer the top of the market. I am not necessarily interested in making a profit on this house but I would prefer not to have to sell it later at a loss. 3) Any ideas on other neighborhoods? Apologies for the novel. Hope you all have lots to say on this one
  10. This morning, I was driving through the business park along Enclave Parkway, and I was curious as to what was being built at the site I mentioned in the title. There are two buildings located at the address, one 5-6 stories and the other is about 11 stories and neither have appeared to have topped out yet. If you're familiar with the area, it is across the road from the Sysco Campus. From the sign, it looked like Tellepsen was the General Contractor, but I couldn't see much of anything else. Any idea whose project this is?
  11. I grew up in Fleetwood and I have lots of friends whose parents still live in Fleetwood, Barkers Landing, Thornwood, and Memorial Thicket. They all feed in to Taylor High School these days. I love Fleetwood up against the Bayou. I love having an alley to play basketball with the kids, etc. I don't know about total appreciation, but my Dad's house has appreciated about $100-$125k in the last 5 or so years (about 35%). Barkers landing is nice in that it has 4 tennis courts and a pool. Thornwood has cheaper houses and a pool. Both Thornwood and Barkers Landing have the downside of people in the nearby office buildings can see into your backyard. I know because my mom worked in the tallest Westlake building. As for traffic - it is only bad going on East on memorial at the Eldridge light. For some reason they have screwed up the timing of that light lately and so it backs up where it can take up to 4 lights to get through at the worst times. This summer I got up every morning and took 6 to the Westpark Tollway and there was almost no traffic going that way. As for bus accidents on I-10, the busses don't take I-10. Even when they fed into Mayde Creek we Park Ten. Now I think they go west on westheimer because Taylor HS is south of I-10. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  12. Houston-based KBR plans to develop a west Houston office campus in order to be closer to its growing employee and customer base, the company said Friday. The move will put the engineering and construction giant near the Energy Corridor, an area along Interstate 10 known for its concentration of oil and gas companies and the firms that service them. The development will include more than 910,000 square feet of space in low-rise buildings at the southwest corner of Grand Parkway and Interstate 10 near Katy. KBR, which was spun off from Halliburton last year, will join the likes of ConocoPhillips, Shell and BP with big complexes in this region. The new location also will give the company better access to a skilled labor pool. full article
  13. Saw this article posted earlier and I wasn't sure if there's an existing thread on this project elsewhere on the site. None came to mind... http://www.globest.com/news/1000_1000/houston/164338-1.html
  14. I was driving by yesterday and saw a sign for a 'variance' on the apartment complex at Briar Forest and Kirkwood or Briar Forest and Wilcrest. Forget which. What's going on here? Are these not one of the complexes that had so many problems after Katrina? Didn't Matress Mack want to buy them?
  15. Minor excerpt from report published July 23rd, http://houston.bizjournals.com/bizspace/ho...tory_id=1493953 "There's no space in that submarket," says Rocher, noting the 2 percent vacancy rate along Interstate 10 west of the Beltway. Aaron Thielhorn, Trammell Crow's principal of office development, expected Energy Center I to attract a large tenant. "We wanted to land a really strong anchor tenant," Thielhorn says. "It just ended up it was an anchor tenant that was big enough to take the whole building." There will be more competition when Trammell Crow's second building comes on line. In fact, another three buildings with a total of 740,000 square feet of multitenant office space are expected to be announced soon in the Energy Corridor, says Clark Martinson, general manager of the Energy Corridor District. Martinson would not name the builders, but says they are existing developers planning to expand on what they already have in the area.
  16. does anyone know what is being built by the omni hotel in west houston? and if you do givee details if you can please and thank you.
  17. Moody Planning $80M Energy Corridor Project HOUSTON-Following a six-month search for the perfect parcel on the west side, a local developer has acquired 12 acres in the Energy Corridor submarket for a mixed-use project. The estimated all-in development tag is $80 million. Moody National Cos. bought the land at Interstate 10 and Texas 6 from Dallas-based Granite Properties Inc., which had developed the three-story, 50,000-sf Granite Park 10 on adjacent land. The just-acquired acreage will be built out with 175,000 sf of class-A office space, two hotels totaling 228 rooms and a 7,000-sf restaurant. The developer plans to break ground on Moody Park 10 in about six months, beginning with the 127-room Hyatt Place and 101-room Marriott hotel. http://www.globest.com/news/850_850/houston/158322-1.html
  18. an old commercial building was torn down and I didnt know if you guys knew anything about a possible project being undertaken in the memorial west area? tell me if theres anything new or is this just immenient domain. Denison
  19. BP plans expansion in west Houston By TOM FOWLER Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Oil giant BP is planning a major expansion of its west Houston campus to accommodate 2,000 new workers over the next few years. The company recently added 50 acres to the campus at Interstate 10 and West Lake Park Blvd. and plans to build a seven-story, 390,000-square-foot, environmentally-friendly building for its gas and power trading business. The new BP project is another example of the construction boom in the Energy Corridor, an area along I-10 from Dairy Ashford to beyond Highway 6, that is home to major facilities for many energy companies. Trammell Crow Co. announced earlier this year plans for 600,000 square feet of new office space at I-10 and Eldridge Parkway, while earlier this week Shell Oil Co. said it would build a 170,000 square-foot office building at Dairy Ashford for workers who find and produce oil and gas. ................................... The building construction and renovation work announced Thursday is expected to cost about $250 million, said BP spokeswoman Annie Smith, adding that planned future projects could push that total to about $660 million. This project will include a new parking garage for 1,700 cars and widening of Grisby Road. Added parking is a priority since the BP campus currently has only 100 spare parking spaces, leaving many workers driving around trying to find an empty space near their office. The later phases include a larger building for its onsite childcare center, new training and development buildings, and possibly a hotel with retail shops. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4187950.html _____________________________ Yes, West Houston is looking solid. Hope this trend continues. Hope this increases the land values and drives out the apartments.
  20. Shell Oil Expanding Energy Corridor Campus By Connie Gore http://www.globest.com/newspics/hou_150ndairyashford.jpg 150 N. Dairy Ashford Rd.HOUSTON-Shell Oil Co., with Hines as the development manager, has kicked off an expansion project for its 945,508-sf Energy Corridor campus. The LEED-designed project will add a 170,000-sf office structure, 30,000-sf amenity building and five-story, 800-space parking garage. ................................................. The development site at 150 N. Dairy Ashford Rd. is a 43-acre wooded tract adjoining the energy giant's 34-acre footprint of seven office buildings and one restaurant, a $62.7-million-assessed property developed in 1980. The construction tab for the expansion isn't available, but it's sure to be hefty based on today's material costs and the "green" design. Dirt work got under way yesterday. "I believe we will be putting in foundations in the next three weeks or so," Mooz says. The garage is ticketed to deliver by midyear 2007; the six-story office building and single-story amenity center will open in the following December. The amenity building is a combo conference center and fitness facility for the entire campus. ................................................. Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum's Houston team designed the campus addition. I.A. Naman + Associates Inc. and Walter P. Moore & Associates Inc., both from Houston, are the consulting engineers. DE Harvey Builders Inc. of, also Houston based, is the general contractor. Tim Relyea and Joe Peddie with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc. represented Shell in planning and advisory services for the project and will follow through as its tenant rep throughout the development process. The expansion is starting out with Shell as the owner and Hines in the development role. http://www.globest.com/news/716_716/houston/149020-1.html __________________________ More good news for my area of town. Now they need to start tearing down the old apartments that ring the area around Stratford HS.
  21. there was sign off westlake park blvd and memorial dr (in memorial west where the bp and exxon hq are) saying that a 6.5 or so acre track of land was for sale priced around $9.4 million. the sign is now gone and I did not know if anyone knew if the area was sold or the sign was just taken down. a new development there would look great because that large of a vacant lot always looked weird off memorial dr.
  22. I was driving East on I-10 this morning and noticed two cranes right at Addicks Dam and Eldridge (Eldridge & I-10). Anybody know what's going up?
  23. From my office I can see a huge crane at what looks to be Eldridge and Westheimer...or somewhere very close to there. Anyone know what they're building?
  24. I was at Carillon Center in Westchase on Westheimer and noticed a new restuarant/lounge that's about to open across Wolfgang Express. I looked through the windows and it appears pretty swanky and hip. Does anyone know more about it, such as what type of food will be served? Is it going to be a bar or a just a restaurant?
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