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  1. elnina999 has added a photo to the pool: Marathon Oil Tower is a skyscraper in Uptown Houston. Each year Marathon Oil Tower celebrates the opening of the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo with an award-winning event. Click here to view this photo at the HAIF Photo Pool on Flickr
  2. San Felipe Plaza, Sunset, originally uploaded by zoomanderson1. San Felipe Plaza bids adieu to another day in Houston. The architect, Richard Keating, once told HAIF that it was one of his favorites. Shame about the location, though. It so often gets overlooked. A little closer to Uptown or downtown would have done wonders. Thanks to zoomanderson1 for the photo from the HAIF Flickr group.
  3. 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...
  4. 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 corner of Rusk and Travis Streets. - The 71-story building features a warm bronze glass facade and a main lobby adorned with terrazzo tile accented with incandescent lighting. - Wells Fargo Center's convenient location offers Metro Bus Service and direct access to downtown Houston's 2.5-mile climate controlled underground pedestrian system. - The design partner for Wells Fargo Plaza was Richard Keating. - This is the second tallest building in Houston and Texas. Companies: owner: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company owner: Metropolitan Tower Realty Company, Inc. developer: Century Development Corporation design architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP associate architect: Lloyd Jones Brewer & Associates general contractor: Turner Construction Company structural engineering: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP tenant: Wells Fargo Bank
  5. So, I figured there are folks on here that would be very excited to see a site where you can purchase high quality cast metal replicas of famous high rises. There is a decent selection of Houston buildings here, including Catalyst (!!!) and 609 Main, among others. www.replicabuildings.com/products.php I’ve not purchased any of these yet, but I do want a couple! I’ve got an antique scale One Shell Plaza that needs company! It is possible this has been posted here, but I didn’t find it when I searched.
  6. 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 by the building's architects with Richard Fitzgerald & Partners. The fountain is a stunning work of hydraulic engineering. - The top of the building features a beacon that sweeps the night sky over the Galleria area. - Construction took only 16 months, a remarkably short time for a tower of such height. 2 Pics by Patrick Benders Next four Pics by Mancuso Former
  7. Exxon building, love it or hate it? Why? (Image courtesy of artefaqs.com)
  8. 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.
  9. What will the tallest building of 2021 be in Houston?
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Ok OK, i fudged a little by putting a tantalizing topic title without a description, BUT now that you are here, i was thinking with the slow down in construction maybe it would be fun to speculate, dream, predict WHEN, WHERE, and BY WHOM our fair city's next 50+ skyscraper will show. Perhaps somewhere in the Medical Center (thinking of that mini-boom over the last couple of years)?? Perhaps UT? Residential? Commercial? Mixed Use? Many of you are more in the know than i am when it comes to trends of construction probilities and so forth. Me, i just LOVE skyscrapers and urban development, so i follow in a sort of "coffee table book way"; i.e., drool over the pix., but don't necessarily read all the fine print, unless i am really in love with a certain scraper. SO, here is my limited take. IF a 50+ is to be built in DT, i think it would be because there was some sort of consolidation of an already existing corp. which has either grown to need the tower OR sold its smaller locations and moved into one. If that size is to be built in UT, i think it would be residential. Something full of glass and steel to contrast with all the beige, tan, brownish towers would be cool. My money would be a 50+ tower built in or near MT.(which i might say is looking spectacular; reminds me of Altanta's gorgeous UT) The only "IF" for that happening is that i am not certain if there are height restrictions due to its proximity to Hobby Airport. Anyway, give me your thoughts, with pix. if you would like.......again, not much going on, so i thought, hey, why not do some late 90's dreaming. m
  13. Wiki says bank of the southwest tower was only planned for 82 stories. This NYT article says this would have been 500. Seems like it was more of a dream than real plan. Have we discussed this before? Sorry if we have. http://www.nytimes.com/1984/08/05/weekinreview/why-a-taller-skyscraper-because-it-s-not-there.html Quote: At a symposium on tall buildings last year, teams of architects and engineers discussed other hypothetical projects, such as a 210-story building in Chicago, a 500-story building covering nine blocks in downtown Houston and three 200- story towers in New York that would connect with and brace each other.
  14. Does JP Morgan Chase Tower still allow people to take pictures from their observation deck? Back in 2003 I was told that I couldn't take pictures because of 9/11. WTF? I used to go up there all the time back in the late 80's and take pictures. I recently visited Williams Tower and was told their deck on the 51st floor closed after 9/11. That is sad. Any other blds have decks?
  15. 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.
  16. 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) 1600SmithConst.jpg If anybody has any more, please add. All these pics I found on a basic google search.
  17. 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 with the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1971, the 50-story One Shell Plaza was the first major high-rise project by Hines. It was developed as the North American headquarters for the Royal Dutch Shell Company when they relocated to Houston from New York City in 1971, and led to development of another 50-story sister project in New Orleans, One Shell Square. Clad in Roman travertine marble, it remains the tallest lightweight concrete structure in the world. The 26-story Two Shell Plaza consists of office, retail and parking. Both properties were acquired by the Hines U.S. Core Office Fund in 2004. The property was Hines’ first significant achievement in sustainability and marked the beginning of the firm’s long-time dominance in engineering excellence and energy efficiency. By raising the floor-to-floor height above market standards, Hines was able to install flexible, low-pressure ductwork that resulted in reduced operating expenses and occupancy costs, as well as greater operating efficiency for the buildings’ tenants. The property was also the first major high-rise project in Houston to install dual-pane windows, which contributed significantly to the high energy efficiency of the buildings. One and Two Shell Plaza are ENERGY STAR® qualified and together hold a total of 15 labels. With a weighted-average rating of 90, the buildings perform 43 percent better and save $1.63 in energy costs per square foot per year when compared to the national average building. This translates to estimated greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing approximately 3,350 passenger vehicles from the road—roughly one for every building occupant. As a testament to its design quality and operational excellence, Shell Plaza achieved LEED Gold certification with only modest upgrades, which included: the replacement and installation of low-flow restroom fixtures; the installation of energy efficient lighting with reduced mercury content; the installation of MERV-13 air filters to provide the cleanest indoor air; the use of green cleaning materials and equipment; and a comprehensive building recycling program, among other things. Hines worked closely with Kirksey’s EcoServices group, which played an instrumental role in managing the administrative aspects of the LEED certification process. Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio for Shell Real Estate Jerri Ballard said, “We are excited for Hines on the achievement of LEED Gold for One Shell and Two Shell Plaza. Shell has been pleased to support Hines on this journey in any way we could, and we are delighted that our companies share common goals of sustainability, energy efficiency and commitment to the U.S. Green Building Council standard.” Executive Vice President and CEO of Hines’ Southwest Region Mark Cover said, “The tenants in Shell Plaza are progressive and committed to providing their employees with the healthiest and most productive workplace possible. In turn, our property and engineering managers must constantly ensure that tenant space meets those rising expectations.” Shell Plaza is primarily leased to Shell, Baker Botts and Comerica Bank. Hines has secured LEED certifications for eight Houston properties, totaling approximately eight million square feet. Globally Hines is responsible for 145 projects, representing more than 89 million square feet that have been certified, pre-certified or registered under the various LEED rating systems. Hines was a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council, and is active in the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France. In 2009 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the second time, with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award; Hines has 138 buildings, representing approximately 77 million square feet that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. Twelve Hines development or redevelopment projects, representing more than six million square feet, have been designated as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,111 properties representing more than 449 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. Hines has offices in more than 100 cities in 17 countries and controls assets valued at approximately $22.9 billion. Visit www.hines.com for more information. To learn more about sustainability at Hines, visit www.hines.com/sustainability.
  18. 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/
  19. 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/
  20. 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).
  21. 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...................
  22. A number of major new downtown projects are being planned. Which ones do you think will actually be completed?
  23. Let's take a poll and see if HAIFers can predict the future.
  24. Linky: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2012/09/groundbreaking-imminent-for-skyhouse.html
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