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Here's an outstanding shot. With the garage, you get two blocks knocked off with one project. Combine that with Disco G and OOP and that's a lot of real estate transformed in what used to be a dormant part of downtown.

The parking garage has ivy on the east side.

It doesn't take up the entire lot either. There's space left over on the east side. What can/will they do with the rest of it?

Also, the north side of the building is pretty different from the south side.

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I just really like taking pictures of this building:   Hess Tower by brijonmang, on Flickr   DSCN0319 by brijonmang, on Flickr

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Here are a number of photos I took this morning... First steel components to help bridge the facade at a junction on the southwest side. If the renderings are correct, it should run up the height o

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These new renderings are nice. Earlier on I think someone (Trae?) mentioned that it would have been better had they designed the building to follow the curve of McKinney Street. At the time I agreed -- but now that I see these renderings I'm kind of liking the fact that by setting it back from the street they essentially extended the park a little further. Between that, the wind turbines, the LEED certification, and the ivy-covered parking garage, they do seem to be making a pretty comprehensive effort to tie the building into its Disco Green surroundings.

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These new renderings are nice. Earlier on I think someone (Trae?) mentioned that it would have been better had they designed the building to follow the curve of McKinney Street. At the time I agreed -- but now that I see these renderings I'm kind of liking the fact that by setting it back from the street they essentially extended the park a little further. Between that, the wind turbines, the LEED certification, and the ivy-covered parking garage, they do seem to be making a pretty comprehensive effort to tie the building into its Disco Green surroundings.

the plan was to completely blur the line between where the park ends and where discovery tower begins... they're following the same features and landscape architecture to invite the park into discovery tower and vice versa. i think they're doing a tremendous job.

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The rendering may be a little old, but I think it would be cool to have the backside (northern face) of the building up here on HAIF for everyone. The only problem is that I can't upload the pic at the moment, but here's their brocure if someone wants to.

It's worth a look!

http://www.discoverytowerhouston.com/disco...er_brochure.pdf

The north-facing side is on page 14 of 15.

Like I said, it's an older image, but I think it gives a good idea of what the "other" side of the building will look like.

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sorry for asking, but has anybody taken recent,and i mean, RECENT pictures of this

I would like to see if it has gotten above ground yet ;)

not yet, I drove by 5 or 6 days ago. It'll probably be a few more weeks at least before it has an elevation.

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Here's a shot of activity in the pit from a few days ago. They're filling in the perimiter wall for the parking garage.

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They've also started placing large advertisements on several sides of the site featuring sizeable versions of the renderings shown previously.

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The website has been updated with a "Virtual Tour" video and a number of new renderings.

Among a few of the unseen...

These feature the Embassy Suites, second Convention Center Hotel and some of the proposed residential & hotel developments mentioned in the past

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Niiiiice :) I wonder if the renderings of the other buildings are very accurate. Probably not, but they look to be the gist of the plans.

I like this video better than MainPlace's too.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...st&p=261650

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they should have put the parking garage where I circled in red and then where it is (circled in purple) could be for a building with the park view

the lot in red is way down in value now compared to the one circled in purple

also how can a building go where I colored in blue when there is already a large power/utility building there currently?

and a bit off subject, but does that utility plant need to be next to the Hilton Americas?

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they should have put the parking garage where I circled in red and then where it is (circled in purple) could be for a building with the park view

the lot in red is way down in value now compared to the one circled in purple

also how can a building go where I colored in blue when there is already a large power/utility building there currently?

and a bit off subject, but does that utility plant need to be next to the Hilton Americas?

Look at your photo carefully and you will see the parking garage does not take up the whole block. Then if you look at the other photos you can see that there is some "plan" to place a residential tower on that parcel of land (the only portion of the block that would have any view of Discovery Green).

I suspect the "building" shown where you colored blue is just a representation of the power/utility building.

As to the utility plant next to the Hilton Americas "needs" to be there because it was there for years before the Hilton Americas was built. It would be very expensive to relocate. I agree it is an unfortunate location. Eventually, I would imagine, as we get rid of all of the blocks of surface parking, downtown land will be valuable enough to make it worth the expense of relocating the electric substation.

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Those renderings are pretty cool. Although I would like to see the Embassy Suites building be a little more substantial.

Too bad the credit crisis will prevent everything other than DT from getting off the ground for at least a few years. Unless those foreign investors step in... or maybe the City of Houston can make the second convention hotel happen if the Hilton Americas sells for $380 million.

I would love to see the convention hotel go with a design that is dramatic and modern.

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Those renderings are pretty cool. Although I would like to see the Embassy Suites building be a little more substantial.

Too bad the credit crisis will prevent everything other than DT from getting off the ground for at least a few years. Unless those foreign investors step in... or maybe the City of Houston can make the second convention hotel happen if the Hilton Americas sells for $380 million.

I would love to see the convention hotel go with a design that is dramatic and modern.

Very nice renderings. I'm exited to see this side of DT coming alive.

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How delayed do you all think this and MainPlace will be due to the flooding?

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Nil.

They were already back to work at the DT site at the time you were posting the message. Was actually at the fence around 10:30-11 ish that morning watching them ramp things back up. The water had been pumped out and the site was relatively dry.

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Here's some good news out of the HBJ... Hess Corp is looking for 800,000 square feet. That's up from the 480,000 they currently occupy downtown. Sources point to Hess leasing the entire 871,000 square foot Discovery Tower project to claim all the parking.

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto.../20/story1.html

If you don't get the full article, the other good news is about Brookfield. It is stated that Devon Energy is the likely tenant for Brookfield's 5 Allen Center proposal meaning that one is still very likely. However, it also stated that the floor plates offered at 1500 Smith St by Brookfield were too small to meet Hess' needs. I guess 1500 Smith St is still being talked about?

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Here's some good news out of the HBJ... Hess Corp is looking for 800,000 square feet. That's up from the 480,000 they currently occupy downtown. Sources point to Hess leasing the entire 871,000 square foot Discovery Tower project to claim all the parking.

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto.../20/story1.html

Wow that would be awsome... taking over an entire tower! Guess we will have to build yet another tower Downtown. :D

"Discovery Tower is designed to have 871,000 square feet of space upon completion. Hess is said to be considering leasing the extra 71,000 square feet to keep anyone else from taking space in the building being developed by Trammell Crow Co. next to Discovery Green park."

This line made me chuckle... ha ha... it's like... "This is OUR tower and you can't come in! :P ". :lol:

^^^^ All great news, but with this topsy turvy economy right now, will those projects be delayed or even scrapped?

m.

If there is demand for space they will want to build... securing financing would be the only tricky part w/ the way the economy is now.

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Here's some good news out of the HBJ... Hess Corp is looking for 800,000 square feet. That's up from the 480,000 they currently occupy downtown. Sources point to Hess leasing the entire 871,000 square foot Discovery Tower project to claim all the parking.

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/sto.../20/story1.html

If you don't get the full article, the other good news is about Brookfield. It is stated that Devon Energy is the likely tenant for Brookfield's 5 Allen Center proposal meaning that one is still very likely. However, it also stated that the floor plates offered at 1500 Smith St by Brookfield were too small to meet Hess' needs. I guess 1500 Smith St is still being talked about?

damn, that is big news.

and i should've already known that.

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This building is really starting to rise. It's hard to tell because I can't see the bottom, but I would estimate that they are on the 4th above-ground floor. It's going to be cool to see it eclipse 5 Houston Center.

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Looks like they're starting to dig up the parking lot for the garage that will be connected across Walker Street.

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Along the promenade at Discovery Greeen, there are a series of infomational displays detailing the amount of green building and projects around the area including one dedicated solely to the building.

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Thanks for the images and update!

I'm excited about this building in particular, primarily due to its wind turbines and LEED Certification. The reason why I'm excited is the Houston image... so many time in movies, documentaries and magazines in the past the image of Houston always sat behind a layer of smog... I'm hoping the new image will be a Houston sporting clean air and skyline images with Discovery Tower in view.

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Thanks very much for the pictures.

This tower is going to look awesome from Discovery Green. It's really going to change the feel in the park to have this thing towering over the park. OPP was a great start, but Discovery Tower is really going to change how this park feels.

Discovery Green, One Park Place, and Discovery Tower are all great additions to the City of Houston.

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I agree with you guys! To me this is more exciting than the average construction project due to all of the green technology being used. I just love that stuff. It will be a great example of how all of these technologies can be incorporated into future construction projects. All of the new buildings at Rice are going to be LEED certified as well.

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I agree with you guys! To me this is more exciting than the average construction project due to all of the green technology being used. I just love that stuff. It will be a great example of how all of these technologies can be incorporated into future construction projects. All of the new buildings at Rice are going to be LEED certified as well.

It seems as though most major buildings these days are LEED Certified. MainPlace is also to be LEED certified. A number of TMC buildings have been/are planning to be...

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