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MainPlace will be tunnel connected via the tunnel system across Main Street. This is the first tunnel to cross under the light rail since its completion.

Im in Houston 2, and I think it will be connect to Houston 1 via sky bridge.

edit: my office overlooks the lot, so I'll try to keep us all posted.

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MainPlace will be tunnel connected via the tunnel system across Main Street. This is the first tunnel to cross under the light rail since its completion.

Oh yea. I'm thinking of Houston 6. I can see the MainPlace lot as well. I'm getting all the construction confused! :D

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FYI - MainPlace is breaking ground on Monday March 3rd, two months ahead of schedule. Cap beam excavation will start the first week, with first drilling operations the following week. The site will ramp up to 3 drilling rigs by late March.

Wow... how often does that happen! :unsure:

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Two pictures attached of the MainPlace model, which now currently resides in the Hines office. BTW - there are some absolutely stunning movies coming out soon.

...to the website, I presume?

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FYI - MainPlace is breaking ground on Monday March 3rd, two months ahead of schedule. Cap beam excavation will start the first week, with first drilling operations the following week. The site will ramp up to 3 drilling rigs by late March.

So did they officially break ground? :unsure:

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I haven't heard much about this project lately. Wasn't the "official" groundbreaking supposed to be on Earth Day? What's the status? There is no crane yet, is there?

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Please do not tell me this project is going to stall and leave nothing but a huge hole on Main St. Please do not tell me that.

I don't think it's stalled. Somebody posted some pictures on another link recently. It showed Discover Tower and Main Place 'holes'. It looked like they were shoring up the perimeters with concrete piling. I'm not sure at what phase a crane will be erected.

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I don't think it's stalled. Somebody posted some pictures on another link recently. It showed Discover Tower and Main Place 'holes'. It looked like they were shoring up the perimeters with concrete piling. I'm not sure at what phase a crane will be erected.

Usually the ground pilons are set, then a foundation is poured for the crane.

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Usually the ground pilons are set, then a foundation is poured for the crane.

They are in there everyday doing all kinds of stuff. I don't know enough about construction to give any kind of definitive answers but here's what I have observed...

Disco Tower dug a big hole and then started putting in massive rebard and piers.

Hines 47 never really cleard out the entire hole but worked with and around the exisitng structures already there (and they also have to make sure the Stowers building does not fall) and have also drilled a bunch of rebar and piers.

From what I see everyday, Hines is doing about as much as Disco, it just doesn't appear as dramatic to the naked eye.

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Man, are they!

Well, considering the developer's record on Main Street in the past year or two, Hines will be happy to make MainPlace a skeletal, floodlit garage if that were to become a "smarter" investment. Which just goes to show that "highest and best use of the land" is a slippery concept.

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Well, considering the developer's record on Main Street in the past year or two, Hines will be happy to make MainPlace a skeletal, floodlit garage if that were to become a "smarter" investment. Which just goes to show that "highest and best use of the land" is a slippery concept.

Also considering that this is a completely different project from Shamrock, and has actually started construction.

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Well, considering the developer's record on Main Street in the past year or two, Hines will be happy to make MainPlace a skeletal, floodlit garage if that were to become a "smarter" investment. Which just goes to show that "highest and best use of the land" is a slippery concept.

This forum cracks me up. People just need to chill out.

Hines is one of the best developers in the world.

MainPlace is under construction. It will completed. When finished, it will the best office building in Texas and will likely command the highest rents in the state.

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MainPlace is under construction. It will completed. When finished, it will the best office building in Texas and will likely command the highest rents in the state.

Really? The best office building in Texas?

People are really overreacting.

How is that an overreaction, Trae?

Yay! It's 1999 again?

No digital camera. . . really?

I roll with slide film.

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My office overlooks the site, and construction workers are out there every day. In that regard, I don't know how anyone could say the project is "stalled."

I agree, and here are some photos from the ugly garage taken yesterday afternoon...

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Quite possibly. Considering location, technology, and interior and exterior structural design that's going into it, it really is going to be an awesome building.

I have no doubt it is. However, I can think of several that have better views, and air-conditioned access to the Galleria is always a plus.

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How is that an overreaction, Trae?

It sounded like you were having a panic attack. "Please don't tell me this is true? Is it true? please don't tell me. Please". You see?

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I have no doubt it is. However, I can think of several that have better views, and air-conditioned access to the Galleria is always a plus.

Williams Tower and its brethren are nice, but its technology is dated. This one is going to be tremendously more energy efficient, though.

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Alas, no. I'm getting a digital camera soon, and will start back with the photos

Correct. I just bought one on Sunday. I was downtown on Sunday and Friday... Main Place is still being dug out, but Discovery Tower has already laid it's foundation. OPP is on it's 32nd story as of today.

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Williams Tower and its brethren are nice, but its technology is dated. This one is going to be tremendously more energy efficient, though.

Not sure energy efficiency alone makes something the best office building in Texas. View, location, architecture need to be factored in, and Williams trumps this one on all those. Plus, something in me kind of likes the way buildings of the previous generation flaunted cost-efficiency and practicality in the name of design. On Williams, they actually went with a less efficient elevator system so that the building could have a slimmer profile. It's kind of like those old GTO's and Mustangs... not the best mileage, but what a car.

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Williams Tower and its brethren are nice, but its technology is dated. This one is going to be tremendously more energy efficient, though.

Definitely true, but I heard that Williams actually runs more efficiently today than it did when it was built. And I swear I heard Hines is looking into seeking LEED status for it, but I might be way off.

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Definitely true, but I heard that Williams actually runs more efficiently today than it did when it was built. And I swear I heard Hines is looking into seeking LEED status for it, but I might be way off.

LEED certification for existing buildings has more to do with operational processes than it does with physical retrofit. The bar is actually set pretty low.

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Not sure energy efficiency alone makes something the best office building in Texas. View, location, architecture need to be factored in, and Williams trumps this one on all those. Plus, something in me kind of likes the way buildings of the previous generation flaunted cost-efficiency and practicality in the name of design. On Williams, they actually went with a less efficient elevator system so that the building could have a slimmer profile. It's kind of like those old GTO's and Mustangs... not the best mileage, but what a car.

If you say so. I like El Dorados, personally, and have often fantasized about having one gutted and souped up for regular driving...but coolness aside, I know its a bad idea. So not a good analogy.

But frankly, I'd prefer the views from the middle of downtown. If you'd ever been on the upper terrace of the Neils Esperson building, you probably would, too. Williams Tower is nice to drive by at night, but I certainly wouldn't want to office there.

And as far as who designed it...I really don't care. The designer is irrelevant. It is the design that matters.

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But frankly, I'd prefer the views from the middle of downtown. If you'd ever been on the upper terrace of the Neils Esperson building, you probably would, too. Williams Tower is nice to drive by at night, but I certainly wouldn't want to office there.

For once I agree with The Niche!

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If you say so. I like El Dorados, personally, and have often fantasized about having one gutted and souped up for regular driving...but coolness aside, I know its a bad idea. So not a good analogy.

But frankly, I'd prefer the views from the middle of downtown. If you'd ever been on the upper terrace of the Neils Esperson building, you probably would, too. Williams Tower is nice to drive by at night, but I certainly wouldn't want to office there.

And as far as who designed it...I really don't care. The designer is irrelevant. It is the design that matters.

Wow, this is a silly argument. When did I say anything about who designed it? No, I haven't been to that terrace, but I've been on the upper floors of just about every skyscraper downtown, and I know the kind of views you are talking about.

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Well, looks like some floors will be occupied by the accounting firm KPMG as soon as its completed. They will be relocating from the Bank of America Center.

While Sarnoff may think this won't create a dent in the vacancy percentage in the CBD, it proves that companies that need room to expand are jumping ship. I'm sure the remaining tenants at BoA will grow into the vacated spot within a year or so after KPMG leaves.

Chron Article.

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Odd quote from the article:

Architect Jon Pickard of Pickard Chilton in New Haven, Conn., said the building will have a contemporary design while keeping with the historical tradition of Main Street's classic architecture.

What does that even mean? :wacko: I wish that just once a reporter would call people out on this kind of marketing nonsense.

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Odd quote from the article:

What does that even mean? :wacko: I wish that just once a reporter would call people out on this kind of marketing nonsense.

It means the new building will reflect the subtle style and interplay that forms the nexus of downtown Houston's architectural heritage. It will be an homage to the pioneering spirit of the city's founding fathers and respectful of its mid-century aspirations while being LEED diamond pre-certified green eco-friendly hybrid 50% CF sustainable green roof friendly.

Sorry... I read a Hines brochure yesterday.

I certainly wouldn't want to office there.

"Verbing weirds nouns" --Calvin

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It means the new building will reflect the subtle style and interplay that forms the nexus of downtown Houston's architectural heritage. It will be an homage to the pioneering spirit of the city's founding fathers and respectful of its mid-century aspirations while being LEED diamond pre-certified green eco-friendly hybrid 50% CF sustainable green roof friendly.

Sorry... I read a Hines brochure yesterday.

LOL -- a good chuckle to get the day started! Great humor.

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