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  1. Williams Tower - formerly known as Transco Tower Height: 901 feet 64 stories Circa: 1983 Architects: Johnson Burgee and Morris Aubry Facts - Then Transco Tower became Williams Tower when Transco Energy was bought out by Williams Energy Corp. in 1999 - Tallest building outside of any CBD - Rotating beacon at night on roof every 15 seconds - Williams Tower functions as two 32-floor towers stacked on top of each other, complete with separate lobbies, elevators, and garages. - South of the building is a 3-acre park with a large fountain called the "Waterwall" (aka Transco Fountain), designed b
  2. http://www.globest.com/news/12_513/national/office/US-Cities-Rule-Top-5-Investment-Targets-328530.html?ET=globest:e36220:321965a:&st=email&s=&cmp=gst:National_PM_20130107:editorial it will be interesting to see how Shorentstein redevelops it. plus it's nice to see some momentum on this side of downtown. Renderings:
  3. Last I checked, the Skanska project has 5 tunnel connections. Also I think we should all remember that Linebeck, Skanska, and Hines are all chasing the same group of potential tenants. I think we will see one of the three go in the next year maybe two if we are lucky. Now the good news is that there is a 50ish story tower that will beat all 3 of these out of the ground.
  4. I'm curious as to what everyone thinks of it. It was the last big project of note during the 80's, and it's been through several name changes throughout it's tenure. It just seems so odd that it isn't connected to the tunnels (The food court below doesn't count), and that they're only now establishing retail above ground...
  5. I really like playing around with the tools on Instagram. So if you're viewing this on a desktop I apologize if it looks crap. Looks good from my phone!
  6. The Wells Fargo Plaza: Location: Street 1000 Louisiana Street Postcode: 77002 Neighborhood: Downtown Borough: Inner Loop East City: Houston Country: U.S.A. Technical Data: Height: 972 ft (296 m) Floors: 71 Construction: Built in 1983 Style: Modern Facts - Inside, two double-decked skylobbies offer public views from different heights uring business hours. - The building's footprint is in the shape of a dollar sign. - Tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere. - Wells Fargo Center is located in Houston's Central Business District on the corn
  7. What will the tallest building of 2021 be in Houston?
  8. I for one envy our bright LED neighbors to the north. Houston needs a little flash. How cool would Heritage Plaza's Mayan Pyramid look if they re-did the lights ala the Dallas Omni.
  9. Let's take a poll and see if HAIFers can predict the future.
  10. A 750' foot building dubbed Artesian Eclipse is proposed for Welch Ave near Persa St! This area was opposed to San Felipe Place, imagine how they'll feel about this one! FAA Filing below, the building will not begin construction until June 2017. https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=268113805&row=8 SubdivisionPlatPDF_Artesian Eclipse_plat_04-07-2014.pdf
  11. Somebody over at SSP is claiming that he has a credible source telling him this building is confirmed and going up. Rendering looks to be 40-50 stories and says Q1 2013 completion....so I would expect a 2009 groundbreaking.
  12. So I've always wondered what the Houston skyline looked like through the years as each building was erected. Most of the buildings downtown had a vast impact on the way we view the city. So does anybody have old pics of the Houston skyline? Pictures of the skyline with buildings under construction? Anybody have pics of 700 Louisiana under construction or the Enron, Continental or Wells Fargo? I ran across a few that I will try and post here. Williams Tower under Construction: JP Morgan Chase: JPMorganChaseTower-001.jpg JPMorganChaseTower-002.jpg Enron (1600 Smith) 1600SmithCons
  13. One Shell Plaza: Two Shell Plaza: ---------------- HINES’ ONE SHELL PLAZA AND TWO SHELL PLAZA RECEIVE LEED® GOLD CERTIFICATION (HOUSTON) – The Houston office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that One Shell Plaza and Two Shell Plaza have each received LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under the Existing Buildings (EB) Rating System. Shell Plaza is a two million-square-foot, two-building Class A office property in downtown Houston that is owned, managed and was originally developed by Hines. Designed by renowned architect Bruce Graham w
  14. I took this a few weeks ago. It was raining off and on all day, I decided to test my luck with a long exposure and I was pretty impressed with the outcome! Canon T2i 18-55mm f8 30sec exposure ISO 100 heres a link to my Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/32411159@N05/15978858013/
  15. While all of these might not come to fruition its amazing what NYC could look like with these possible additions. Houston has been in a building boom for a little while know, but the economy has recovered to a point where even The Big Apple is getting some love. The link is below: http://www.archdaily.com/569136/check-out-these-images-of-new-york-s-skyline-in-2018/
  16. This is exactly my thought. This is just a whole lot of effort to go to for nothing. So much money being spent for the garage arrangement. Also,Shanska build the Uptown / Galleria building with 0 tennants... and then they sold it / is now leased. They may have a similar attitude with this building. 6 Houston Center may have adopted the same philosophy. 609 Main probably has someone interested already. This is off topic, but a Hines employee told me that a building taller than Transco (Williams) is planned for the Galleria...................
  17. A number of major new downtown projects are being planned. Which ones do you think will actually be completed?
  18. Linky: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2012/09/groundbreaking-imminent-for-skyhouse.html
  19. Linky: http://www.statesman.com/business/real-estate/developer-unveils-new-details-about-planned-tower-at-2399700.html?ana=e_aus_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2012-06-15
  20. What area of Houston would be a potential candidate for the next Houston Skyline ? Right now we have 7 skylines. Downtown, Uptown/Galleria, Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, Memorial/Energy Corridor, Westchase, and Greenspoint. I was thinking the Northwest/290 Skyline, the area around Tidwell and Hollister Rd. It has a few mid-rise buildings and definitely alot of commerce around that area. Another maybe forming is The Woodlands/Spring Skyline with the new ExxonMobil Campus being built on the northside and the buildings in The Woodlands Town Center. I'm sure there are other areas aro
  21. Press release: Enterprise Products Company Affiliate Agrees to Acquire Shell Plaza from Hines Affiliate HOUSTON, Jul 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hines, the international real estate firm, and privately held Enterprise Products Company (EPCO) announced today that their respective affiliates have executed definitive agreements whereby an affiliate of EPCO would acquire Shell Plaza in downtown Houston from the Hines U.S. Core Office Fund. Shell Plaza, which consists of two buildings, One Shell Plaza and Two Shell Plaza, is a 1.8 million-square-foot office complex located in the heart of Houston'
  22. Another skyscraper name change to note. As noted by the Chronicle a few months ago, One Houston Center is now the LyondellBasell Tower. It's not exactly the "new" in "news," but it's worth noting here on HAIF for those who don't get over to the Houston Center very often.
  23. Just found out there's currently a hi-rise that is being considered for a plot near the continental building. The plans are for an office building at 30+ floors but are thinking of 40+ plus. I briefly saw the drawings and they look awesome. They are also thinking of putting an urban element on the first 3 or 4 floors. It's currently in the conceptial stage, so if everything goes well, it will start to go up in a couple of years.
  24. 1100 LOUISIANA AWARDED LEED® GOLD CERTIFICATION (HOUSTON) – The Houston office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that 1100 Louisiana has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system for Existing Buildings (EB). Developed, leased and managed by Hines, 1100 Louisiana is a 1.4 million-square-foot, 55-story office tower located downtown Houston. Clad in Spanish Rose granite, the building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and was completed by Hines in 1980. Under Hines’ management, the building has ear
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