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  1. University Breaks Ground on $3M Arts Center By Jennifer D. Duell HOUSTON-Cultural art lovers today will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, a $3-million undertaking tied into the $4.5-million expansion and renovation of the Wortham Theater Complex. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Quadrangle at entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard. The center, which will be housed in the Wortham Theater Complex, will include exterior and interior work to enhance the lobby space of the existing facility, provide office area for the Mitchell Center and add new rehearsal space. "It will be a nice addition to the campus," says John Dennis, project manager for Dallas-based Cadence McShane Corp., which is in charge of the expansion and renovation. San Antonio, TX-based Lake/Flato Architects Inc. is providing architectural services for the center's demolition, renovation and construction. Dennis tells GlobeSt.com that the project will take about nine months to finish and will require 35 to 50 construction professionals to complete. Cadence McShane will initially demolish the interior of the existing performing arts center and reconstruct 15,000 sf on two floors. The area will house classrooms plus ballet practice and rehearsal rooms. "There's a lot of wood paneling, acoustical plasters, stainless steel window frames, metal panels and cut stone," Dennis describes. "[The renovations] really complement the existing building." While the theater itself will retain the name Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, the building as a whole will be renamed to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The project was funded primarily by a $20-million gift from George and Cynthia Mitchell, along with a grant from the Wortham Foundation and Allen Becker. The center will create a collaborative alliance of the university's premier academic and arts departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The alliance weds the art department, Blaffer Gallery, creative writing program, Moores School of Music and the theater school.
  2. https://retailtxok.cbre.us/property/former-sams-club-1615-s-loop-w/ https://retailtxok.cbre.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/1615-S-Loop-W-Former-Sams-Club-property-flyer-061418.pdf https://www.loopnet.com/xNet/Looplink/TmplEngine/ListingProfilePage.aspx?LID=15272430&siteid=3349&LL=true
  3. Yay! Mayor's office unveils plan for new bayou bridge at Montrose. Didn't reallize there was a Memorial Heights TIRZ. New high-rise, new bridge, cool! http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6145342.html
  4. Austin (Travis County) — Plans regarding the construction of a 50-story office tower in downtown with the working name Fourth & Brazos continue to develop. The Design Commission was expected to vote on a density bonus for the project, but their Oct. 25 meeting was postponed due to a lack of quorum. VBX first reported on the project in January of 2020 when Cielo Property Group closed on a deal to acquire the Brazos Lofts at the southeast corner of Brazos and East 5th streets in hopes of redeveloping the site with a tower development. The project is located at 216 East 4th Street which is currently home to the 35,000-square-foot Brazos Hall and a small office building. According to a memorandum submitted to the commission last month, the proposed 50-story tower would have a project area of 813,000 square feet on a lot area of 35,371 square feet. The building height, (705 feet), would include 18 levels of above grade parking. The tower would have 765,000 square feet of office space and 48,000 square feet of retail space. Cielo is requesting a Floor-to-Area ratio (FAR) of 23:1. The maximum allowed under the current zoning is 8:1. This is an increase in FAR of 15:1 (530,565 SF). A ground floor site plan shows four retail/restaurant areas near the tower’s entrance lobbies. A pedestrian paseo would split the building from East Fourth Street north to the alley between the southern and northern half of the block. The project will also include outdoor plaza space at the ground level in hopes of enticing the public to visit and adding open space to downtown, according to the application. The outdoor space will employ “pedestrian-friendly natural materials as well as greenery at the street level to promote Austin’s unique character and build a strong connection between the built environment and the outdoors.” The Fourth & Brazos tower would also benefit from Capital Metro’s plan to construct the 8.2-mile Blue Line, a light rail transit corridor that will be routed down 4th Street directly in front of the building. The project team consists of the local design studio Perkins & Will, Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Austin-based civil engineers Garza EMC and landscape architects at Ten Eyck, also out of Austin. Richard T. Suttle, Jr. with the law firm Armbrust & Brown, PLLC is representing the project to the commission. https://www.virtualbx.com/construction-preview/austin-cielo-properties-proposing-to-develop-downtown-50-story-office-tower/
  5. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/01/09/state-approves-initial-funding-for-uthealth.html Site is just outside the TMC: https://www.google.com/maps/place/2800+S+MacGregor+Way,+Houston,+TX+77021/@29.7115275,-95.3746963,3a,75y,279.77h,93.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sU2JfaN4iiyYPnKes4n3MAQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640bf97b4082a43:0xd01096f0aebe7d01!8m2!3d29.7122117!4d-95.3743252
  6. http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/03-17-13-emancipation-park-overhaul-moves-forward-along-with-plans-to-return-historic-dowling-street-to-its-bustling-heyday/
  7. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/11/01/nonprofit-secures-land-in-texas-medical-center.html
  8. according to this article, there seems to be a need in West houston (which they call the geologic center of the city, believe it or not) that will be completed in 2010, at which the old hospital will be vacated and renovated. should make traffic fun there for a couple of years! Especially when you consider the various ramps to/from bw8 and I-10 are to be demolished in the near future. I look forward to this being comleted, though. Should make for an excellent addition to the city.
  9. Does anyone on HAIF work in, or regularly visit 1001 McKinney? I'm trying to find out how many floors it has. I've seen both 22 and 24. It would be nice to hear from someone who can actually go into an elevator and look at the buttons (and note if there's a 13 or not).
  10. Was this a legit proposal or is this just a fantasy? it won an award for architecture catagory "on the boards".. it would be awesome to have a huge hill like that in Houston. looks like a pretty neat place to hang out too.
  11. I know parks over freeways have been a hot topic for the transportation sub forum, but this really doesn't fit, cause it's not Houston, but it's neat anyway. http://inhabitat.com/missouri-is-building-a-lush-public-park-over-the-interstate-70-freeway/#more-546634 St. Louis is getting a park to cover the freeway through the middle of town, and will make the river accessible.
  12. Perkins&Will is a global design practice founded in 1935. Since 1986, the group has been a subsidiary of Lebanon-based Dar Al-Handasah. Phil Harrison has been the firm's CEO since 2006. https://perkinswill.com/
  13. Good news, first Carnegie Vanguard High School and now this... "To update you on the plans for the creation of The Marthannie School: A Public Hearing was held on Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Museum District, Room FH 259, Houston, Texas, to discuss plans for a proposed Charter School in the Houston area for grades kindergarten through 12. The school will offer a curriculum that focuses on creative approaches to teaching and learning. The founding group and those who support the school envision students who are leaders in the 21st century, who dare to imagine the impossible and who set out to accomplish it. This college preparatory school will venture into realms of education previously unavailable to students in Texas. The Marthannie School addresses parents’ requests for pre-collegiate academic preparation of the highest quality in math, the sciences, history, literature and foreign language, as well as the simultaneous accomplishment of superb visual and performing arts education for their children. We will be meeting the needs of students who may not under ordinary circumstances have the accessibility or opportunity for these benefits. The first year will commence with Grades K-1 and each successive year, we’ll add at least one higher grade until all twelve grades become a reality. With this strategy, we will prove our strength and ability to produce pre-collegiate students who are equipped for success in the 21st century. We will also inspire the Marthannie student to develop a life philosophy that includes a humanitarian spirit, productive habits, higher aspirations, the excitement of a lifelong insatiable curiosity, and respect and enthusiasm for a challenge. These traits will define the Marthannie graduate. Our plan is to locate in close proximity to the theater district in order to ensure accessibility for students, teachers, and our performing arts organization partners. The school site will be one that inspires the children and the community we serve and lures the world’s finest academic scholars, artists, and musicians to our city and to our campus. We have determined that our charter application will name Midtown as the chosen location for the school. This decision was based on the interest shown by the Midtown residents and the proximity of the area to the resources we need to support the school, i.e. rail system, museum district, theater district, etc. We are presently looking at options to either lease or purchase property. Perkins + Will Architectural Firm are working with us on facility acquisition."
  14. Uptown skyline set to gain new high-rise Saint Ann Court will be built between Crescent and Victory 10:40 PM CDT on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News Developers plan to break ground in January on what will be the tallest office tower yet in Dallas' booming Uptown district. The 27-story Saint Ann Court will include 320,000 square feet of luxury office space plus restaurants and shops. Harwood International hopes that its elaborate architecture can set the Saint Ann Court apart in an Uptown office market that is becoming crowded. The glass and masonry tower will be constructed between the Crescent and the Victory project and will take about 18 months to build, officials with developer Harwood International said Wednesday. "Our building will have 17 stories of office space above 10 floors of parking," said Harwood International founder and CEO Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. "We are now talking with several tenants who are interested in the building." Rents in the building will start at $32 per square foot. That compares with about $23 on average in Uptown. "We just did a lease for $37 in our Harwood International Center IV building, and we are full," said Mr. Barbier-Mueller. Since starting in 1984 with the Rolex Building, Harwood International has constructed just under 1 million square feet of office space along McKinnon Street in Uptown. The Saint Ann Court tower will be on an adjoining block at Harry Hines Boulevard and Moody Street. The developer has owned the land since 1999. The property includes the historic Saint Ann's school building, which Harwood International plans to include in its project. The oldest part of the school was built in 1927. Harwood International plans to use parts of the old Catholic school as restaurant, retail and art gallery space. "We want it to be an amenity center, not just for our building, but the entire neighborhood," Mr. Barbier-Mueller said. Architects for the high-rise include Chicago-based Perkins & Will and Dallas' BOKA Powell. Mr. Barbier-Mueller said the top seven floors of the office tower have been designed for high-end tenants that want deluxe, secure offices. "At the top we have smaller spaces and penthouses," ranging from 6,000 to 14,000 square feet, he said. "We are putting in outside terraces with fireplaces and patios. "There will be a grove of trees on the 27th floor." Those offices are being targeted to financial, professional services and legal firms
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