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The Post Oak: 36-Story High-Rise & Conference Center

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Just guessing here, but probably because they needed room to park until the new parking garage is done.

That's a risky guess

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it seems like a maze. why did they bother putting that surface lot in? makes it more cumbersome to work.

I have a friend who works there. Evidently they added the new parking because they are digging through some of the existing parking lot to install pipes for the new building.

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My buddy tells me they are getting ready to shut down the old parking lot on Hollyhurst in the next few weeks to start work on the building. The rest of the "new" parking lot is finished so they can shift the cars over. Most of the underground utility work appears to be complete. Hallmark is also torn up right now for repaving. Its very difficult to get in and out of the parking lot.

They are shuttling employees back and forth on site with a stretch golf car so people don't have to walk. Didn't know Fertitta cared that much. ; )

They also relocated a dozen or so trees from along Hollyhurst to along the 610 frontage road (instead of cutting them down) before they start working on the building.

Still appears to be moving forward....We need some good overhead pics though!

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Nice! Will add some signficant height to the E side of 610. Once this, Amegy, and the as-yet-unnamed hotel get done, it'll fill in perfect. Depending on the view and angle, this one would add an ascending height profile towards Williams Tower.

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A quick peak over the fence at lunch. Demo has begun for the foundation excavation. Looks more like Lake Landry's right now with all the rain!

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Thanks for the tip on the construction cam. I pulled it up and happened to see a terrible view of Randall's new Astoria and the white looks terrible. What the is he doing. Its going to be uglier than I had hoped it wouldn't.

He's determined to make Uptown look really cheesy. I'm sorry Cloud713, but this is going to be bad especially from the freeway side.

If the white is the final skin.

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Thanks for the tip on the construction cam. I pulled it up and happened to see a terrible view of Randall's new Astoria and the white looks terrible. What the is he doing. Its going to be uglier than I had hoped it wouldn't.

He's determined to make Uptown look really cheesy. I'm sorry Cloud713, but this is going to be bad especially from the freeway side.

If the white is the final skin.

Given that it is a Randall Davis building, I assume the white is probably styrofoam board for an EIFS skin. Nothing but the best finishes! Of course, he could still ugly it up more with a really obnoxious color. Our only hope is for a total eclipse by the Post Oak.
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Just noticed for the first time but it looks like the Rolls Royce and Bentley dealership has underground parking.  

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Just noticed for the first time but it looks like the Rolls Royce and Bentley dealership has underground parking.  

Damn, now we gotta find a new location for our Illuminati meetings 

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Thanks for the tip on the construction cam. I pulled it up and happened to see a terrible view of Randall's new Astoria and the white looks terrible. What the is he doing. Its going to be uglier than I had hoped it wouldn't.

He's determined to make Uptown look really cheesy. I'm sorry Cloud713, but this is going to be bad especially from the freeway side.

If the white is the final skin.

Huh.. Why the name drop? I just scrolled back a few pages and couldn't find any comment of mine referring to the Astoria?

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I wasn't picking on you. You usually seem to defend Randall's work and I was just saying sorry because I thought it might rattle you

that I hate what he's doing to Uptown with his cheesy finishes and poorly executed work. Just look how stunning the new Billiton is and then look at the kitschy details on Randall's work. The diamond is ridiculous. Now what is it styrofoam and cheap plaster that he's

going to cover most of the building with. Reminds me of the other hotel in the Discovery Green, the Embassy Suites with its stucco

walls.

Cheap cheap cheap!

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Haha, I've defended Randy's buildings a few times.. But I'm hardly the only person on the forum that likes some of his work. I do like the renderings for Astoria (just like the old Titan renderings, and obviously Arabella looks to be ridiculously awesome), but admit the top seems to have lost some detail and it might not be as chic as I once hoped. I guess time will tell

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i am soOoooOOOOOOoo hoping that diamond thing lights up and makes way for a Stargate type portal for aliens and junk and stuff   :o

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What's the threshold to be considered a highrise? Is it 400'?

 

Isn't 500' considered a demarcation for something?

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These designations are somewhat artifical. I think it has to do with location.  Muleshoe Texas a highrise is 150 to 200 feet. Downtown Houston I would guess the 400 to 500 foot range.  But then again I would not call a 350 foot building a midrise. Anyone know for sure?

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I don't know if it's something I saw on Emporis or some other website but I have always thought it was anything over 12 stories is considered a "high rise"

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I don't know if it's something I saw on Emporis or some other website but I have always thought it was anything over 12 stories is considered a "high rise"

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The International Building Code defines a highrise as a structure with 12 or more stories above grade, or more than 75 feet in height above fire department vehicle access.

There is a further special definition for super tall highrises above the 420 foot height limit with more restrictions for egress and life safety requirements. The City of Houston has yet to adopt the 2012 IBC which has much greater restrictions for super tall highrises.

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I used to work construction ( back when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth). If I recall correctly we did not pour concrete if there was a serious rain threat.  Anyone know the guidelines these days?

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