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I heard 6 Houston Center will begin Feb 1 2008 and finish before the MainPlace and Discovery Tower

Yep yep. Render spotted even, after a bit of Googling.

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where is this going?

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...st&p=222403

That's great that they're going to start on Feb 1. To my knowledge, nobody has seen a rendering of 6 Houston Center. I'd love to see it, since my office view looks right at the property. I've read in the Chronicle that it will be 31 stories (21 office space, 10 parking) and around 600,000 sq ft. It doesn't surprise me that it would be finished before MainPlace and Discovery Tower, considering those are going to be larger structures (Mainplace 46 stories and Discovery Tower ~800,000 sq ft). Here's a picture of the site where 6 Houston Center will be, if I'm not mistaken (right north of 5 Houston Center). It's the shaded block in the picture just to the side of the Fulbright Tower. That area will be quite busy in the coming months, as the La Quinta will be built on the block with the Texas Flag building, the Discovery Tower garage will be on the block just east of 6 Houston Center, and then Discovery Tower will be just south of its garage. Plus One Park Place and the Embassy Suites are right next to the soon to be complete park. Whew, a lot going on right outside my window!

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Can't say I'm too overjoyed by the design, or the fact that this presentation shows the building at only 29 stories as opposed to the 31 we had heard earlier. However, I do like the fact that they appeared to make the new building something of a hybrid between 5 Houston Center and 3 Houston Center (now the Fulbright Tower, formerly the Chevron Tower). ....assuming this rendering is still what they intend on building.

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Though I would have liked a little bit more exciting design, if this is indeed the final choice, at this point I'm almost ok with anything that doesn't include beige stucco.

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Though I would have liked a little bit more exciting design, if this is indeed the final choice, at this point I'm almost ok with anything that doesn't include beige stucco.

I'd agree that there's nothing overtly flashy about the design, but in retrospect, I think I can understand the designer trying to make HC 6 blend in more with its surrounding (specifically HC 5). Sometimes a cutting edge design is bedeviled by its surroundings, and given HC 6's location, maybe daring might not work as well.

For example, I think Heritage Plaza would look a lot less attractive if not for Wells Fargo Plaza being nearby, and so forth.

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I'd agree that there's nothing overtly flashy about the design, but in retrospect, I think I can understand the designer trying to make HC 6 blend in more with its surrounding (specifically HC 5). Sometimes a cutting edge design is bedeviled by its surroundings, and given HC 6's location, maybe daring might not work as well.

For example, I think Heritage Plaza would look a lot less attractive if not for Wells Fargo Plaza being nearby, and so forth.

I'll agree with you, HC 6 is probably not the best building for any type of cutting edge design or something totally left field. I actually think the design will work well.

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For clarification's sake, I thought that 6 Houston Center was supposed to be on the block (San Jacinto/Caroline/Walker/Rusk) surrounded by the Melrose Building, The old Federal Reserve building, 1 Houston Center & one of the HC Garages...

Also, the domain 6houstoncenter.com has been reserved by the firm that has designed the websites of Crescent's other properties.

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For clarification's sake, I thought that 6 Houston Center was supposed to be on the block (San Jacinto/Caroline/Walker/Rusk) surrounded by the Melrose Building, The old Federal Reserve building, 1 Houston Center & one of the HC Garages...

That has been my understanding as well.

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For clarification's sake, I thought that 6 Houston Center was supposed to be on the block (San Jacinto/Caroline/Walker/Rusk) surrounded by the Melrose Building, The old Federal Reserve building, 1 Houston Center & one of the HC Garages...

Also, the domain 6houstoncenter.com has been reserved by the firm that has designed the websites of Crescent's other properties.

Actually I think you're correct. Sorry if I was the source of the confusion. For some reason I had in my head where it was in the picture I took...

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Can't say I'm too overjoyed by the design, or the fact that this presentation shows the building at only 29 stories as opposed to the 31 we had heard earlier. However, I do like the fact that they appeared to make the new building something of a hybrid between 5 Houston Center and 3 Houston Center (now the Fulbright Tower, formerly the Chevron Tower). ....assuming this rendering is still what they intend on building.

I'm happy that the Houston skyline is growing horizontally. I think we've often focused on the vertical growth ... I would one day like to see 'the skyline' be filled in from downtown all the way to uptown. Now wouldn't that be a site.

I like this design alright, but it's nowhere as groundbreaking as the stuff in the 80s ... but then again, we'll probably never see those daring (foolish?) designs again. Times have changed.

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I'm happy that the Houston skyline is growing horizontally. I think we've often focused on the vertical growth ... I would one day like to see 'the skyline' be filled in from downtown all the way to uptown. Now wouldn't that be a site.

I like this design alright, but it's nowhere as groundbreaking as the stuff in the 80s ... but then again, we'll probably never see those daring (foolish?) designs again. Times have changed.

Imagine Houston being filled in from downtown to uptown AND downtown to the medical center.

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Well, we have this photo:

discoverygreen2010xi4.jpg

I realize Six Houston Center will to the right of this photo, so does anyone think they are up to the challenge of adding Six Houston Center to any downtown Houston photo? ^_^

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Well, we have this photo:

discoverygreen2010xi4.jpg

I realize Six Houston Center will to the right of this photo, so does anyone think they are up to the challenge of adding Six Houston Center to any downtown Houston photo? ^_^

I thought that was an old photo someone just threw together to give us an idea of what that area will look like w/ completed developments?

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I thought that was an old photo someone just threw together to give us an idea of what that area will look like w/ completed developments?

That's right. It was just to show the proposals and that's what I'm proposing for anyone to do. :P

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why can't i see the photos people post on here?

Are you at work? Sometimes photos won't come up for me at work, but do at home. I have no idea what the reason is.

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Musicman, the last line reads:

u r a dork

houston we have a problem. :lol:

Edited by musicman

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An astute colleague of mine at work (and lurker on this site!) noticed that there were no cars parked today on the site of 6 Houston Center. I believe today is the first day that it hadn't been used as a surface parking lot. looks like they're up to something.....

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why can't i see the photos people post on here?

Sorry for the sarcastic responses. Welcome to HAIF.

Are you on dial-up? I think sometimes bandwidth limitations can limit the ability to load photos.

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An astute colleague of mine at work (and lurker on this site!) noticed that there were no cars parked today on the site of 6 Houston Center. I believe today is the first day that it hadn't been used as a surface parking lot. looks like they're up to something.....

I went by today and the lot was completely fenced off. I think something is indeed afoot...

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Something is definitely afoot.

Drove by, fenced off and saw a forklift picking up and stacking those concrete car stoppers.

As soon as I see some asphalt being broken, I'll adjust the six Houston Center status on the great towrs.com website.

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they want to get this one off the ground rapido! a race to see who can capture the most A grade office space leases. this could be fun.

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I've read in the Chronicle that it will be 31 stories (21 office space, 10 parking) and around 600,000 sq ft. It doesn't surprise me that it would be finished before MainPlace and Discovery Tower, considering those are going to be larger structures (Mainplace 46 stories and Discovery Tower ~800,000 sq ft).

So is this written in stone?

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Weren't you the same one that was being pessimistic during the great HP "is it dead" conversation?

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So wut's going on with this?

The groundbreaking is scheduled for March 6th, according to someone I spoke with from Crescent.

Edited by ChannelTwoNews

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Given MainPlace's official groundbreaking on Earth Day in April, 6HC in March, and possible groundbreakings for La Quinta, Embassy Suites, Discovery Tower, and throw in the proposed Convention Hotel and East Downtown could have a lot of cranes in the air by maybe next summer (2009).

Edited by GovernorAggie

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Given MainPlace's official groundbreaking on Earth Day in April, 6HC in March, and possible groundbreakings for La Quinta, Embassy Suites, Discovery Tower, and throw in the proposed Convention Hotel and East Downtown could have a lot of cranes in the air by maybe next summer (2009).

awww....we're going to have a bunch of baby cranes!

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Driving around downtown, I was going down San Jacinto from McKinny and I was stunned to find that the fenced in lot I saw cars were parked inside!

I almost didn't notice the green light to go!

Anyone know what's going on?

They charge $5 now, though.

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Driving around downtown, I was going down San Jacinto from McKinny and I was stunned to find that the fenced in lot I saw cars were parked inside!

I almost didn't notice the green light to go!

Anyone know what's going on?

They charge $5 now, though.

Sounds like someone canceled a project... ugh.

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Sounds like someone canceled a project... ugh.

Wasn't the groundbreaking set for March 1st? Think they're just using the space for parking until then? (wishful thinking)

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Wasn't the groundbreaking set for March 1st? Think they're just using the space for parking until then? (wishful thinking)

Well, I'm the long-time lurker who works with KingOwl. In any case, I asked our receptionist about this project today. She was recently at a meeting that went through some of the upcoming downtown projects...she remembers that there will actually be two structures on nearby lots: 1. an 11 story parking garage and 2. 6 Houston Center. I think that's news to all of us (seemed like only one structure was coming our way) so we'll have to wait and see what actually happens on that lot.

I doubt they'd add that fence for fun...something's definitely up.

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Well, I'm the long-time lurker who works with KingOwl. In any case, I asked our receptionist about this project today. She was recently at a meeting that went through some of the upcoming downtown projects...she remembers that there will actually be two structures on nearby lots: 1. an 11 story parking garage and 2. 6 Houston Center. I think that's news to all of us (seemed like only one structure was coming our way) so we'll have to wait and see what actually happens on that lot.

I doubt they'd add that fence for fun...something's definitely up.

Do you happen to know when that meeting was?

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