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  1. The highly visible plot of land on Rice's campus on the corner of Main St and University Blvd. will house The Collaborative Research Center. Designed to be LEED certified by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the tower will contain 477,000 square feet for class/lab space for bioscience and biotech research. Rice will operate the center in conjunction with Baylor, MD Anderson, UT Health Science, Texas Children's and a host of other TMC institutions. The building will have 3 levels of underground parking and 10,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space that faces Main St. Plans call for the design to allow for the addition of another tower on top of this one and another on adjacent land...
  2. Crescent Sells Houston Office Property Gain and Promoted Interest Realized FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 2006--Crescent Real Estate Equities Company (NYSE:CEI) announced today that it has sold Three Westlake Park, a 414,792 square-foot office property in Houston, TX, in which Crescent owned a 20% stake in a joint venture with a pension fund. The office property was sold for $87.3 million, or $210 per square foot. Crescent expects to recognize in net income a gain on the sale of approximately $17 million. Included in this gain is approximately $7 million, which is attributable to Crescent's promoted interest and will be recognized in funds from operations, as adjusted ("FFO, as adjusted") as of December 31, 2006.
  3. San Felipe Plaza, Sunset, originally uploaded by zoomanderson1. San Felipe Plaza bids adieu to another day in Houston. The architect, Richard Keating, once told HAIF that it was one of his favorites. Shame about the location, though. It so often gets overlooked. A little closer to Uptown or downtown would have done wonders. Thanks to zoomanderson1 for the photo from the HAIF Flickr group.
  4. I was bowsing around, and I ran into this: http://skyscraperpage.com/gallery/data/589/28houston_future02.jpg What is that tower with the "bowl" on top? Ive never seen this before!
  5. Massive mixed-use Marina proposed(?) for Kingwood Password protected website: http://kingwoodmarina.com/?password-protected=login&redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fkingwoodmarina.com%2F Architect listed as SOM (Pg 23): file://austin.utexas.edu/lib-public/PublicRedirected$/Cca636/Downloads/SOM_Reduced_PDF.pdf https://www.linkedin.com/in/jisu-choi-rla-leed-ga-23895016/ http://vtrusa.com/Kingwood/#
  6. Always liked this office tower. Reminds me of Five Greenway Plaza. Noticed a spec suite remodel the other day.
  7. 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 http://www.budowle.pl/najwyzsze/grafika/wells_fargo_plaza_2.jpg http://www.budowle.pl/najwyzsze/grafika/wells_fargo_plaza.jpg http://home.t-online.de/home/highrises/hou1intb.jpg
  8. Thanks to lockmat for discovering this one. A Hyatt Regency is planned, but anyone know the exact location? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574503485955130&set=pb.453063364765810.-2207520000.1384359537.&type=3&theater
  9. Richard Keating, of SOM fame, stopped by the Houston Architecture Info web site a couple of weeks ago and left behind a little trail of e-mails. I thought I might respond to them with a collection of questions from the HAIF readers. For those of you who don't know, Keating is the man behind Wells Fargo Plaza, El Paso Energy Building, CenterPoint Energy Tower, and San Felipe Plaza. So, post your questions here and I'll put a bunch together and send them out to him interview style. If we're lucky, maybe he'll write back!
  10. 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.
  11. "When completed in 1961, the First City National Bank complex in Houston connected a 36-story office tower to a low-rise banking pavilion. The contrast between the two buildings is emphasized not only by their scale, but also by their careful detailing and materiality: the tower, with its recessed windows and white marble cladding, stands in deliberate opposition to the banking pavilion’s glass and steel structure. In keeping with the city’s car culture, the pavilion was designed to allow customers to complete transactions through six drive-in windows. While this portion of the complex was later demolished, the tower, now known as One City Centre, still stands as an early example of modernism in downtown Houston." http://skidmoreowingsmerrill.tumblr.com/post/142803990147/throwback-thursday-first-city-national-bank-when Some images have been posted before but searching for "One City Centre" yields hundreds of posts about Midway's CityCentre. Imagine that pavilion still fronting main... Sigh.
  12. 87-Story mixed-use tower http://archinect.com/firms/project/54172102/houston-tower/125435577
  13. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/01/27/downtown-landmark-getting-new-address-multimillion.html
  14. Man, what's up with all the white flakes flying in the air? In the morning they were coming into my sun roof, and now I see them from the 29th floor of 1100 Louisana. Hope this stuff is not toxic.
  15. It's not all that surprising that with Kinder Morgan eating El Paso Energy, the tower at 1010 Milam is getting a new name. Mark down "Kinder Morgan Building" as its new official name once the purchase is finished. For the curious, Kinder Morgan's offices will move from 1 Allen Center to the bottom half of the former El Paso Energy Building. An independent company formed from the buyout called EP Energy will take most of the top half, with the exception of the top five floors which are going to whomever has pockets deep enough to get them. Here's the naming history of the building (in reverse chronological order): *Kinder Morgan Building *El Paso Energy Building *Tenneco Building *Tennessee Pipeline Company Building *1010 Milam
  16. 5400 Westheimer Court: Office Building For Uptown At 5400 Westheimer Ct. Formally Enbridge Building/Duke Energy Building/Bechtel Building/Spectra Energy Building. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/18297392/5400-Westheimer-Court-Houston-TX/
  17. Medical Towers and Garage #1 are in the foreground, with Methodist Hosp. Main Building just beyond that. The two tower cranes are for the Methodist Research Building. TMC Commons is framed between the cranes with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to the right of it. Methodist Dunn Tower is just to the left of the cranes, with the former TWU Mary Jones Gibbs Building to the back. Baylor College of Medicine Vivarium is above the Commons, with Jewish, Anderson, Old Ben Taub, Debakey and Alkek as you scan left. The Spires is way off to the right. I'm not quite sure what the short brown building is beyond the two cranes, but I'm guessing it could be Grocer's Supply.
  18. http://www.har.com/HomeValue/dispSoldDetai...p;MLNUM=2231945
  19. Building on their success with binding tubes together with the Sears Tower, SOM updates the design for the skyscraper wonderland of Dubai · SkyscraperNews content includes: an article, photos. Skyscraper News View the full article
  20. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is an American architectural, urban planning and engineering firm. It was founded in 1936 by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings in Chicago, Illinois. In 1939, they were joined by engineer John Merrill. The firm opened its second office, in New York City, in 1937 and has since expanded internationally, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seattle, and Dubai.
  21. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Houston by the Galleria at 5353 Westheimer Road. https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/housydt-doubletree-hotel-and-suites-houston-by-the-galleria/
  22. Medical Center National Bank located at 6631 South Main Street. Designed Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the curving front elevation of the pavilion-like Medical Center National Bank building 1960.
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