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The first one was from yesterday. The rest are from this afternoon:
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They started putting up the "BBVA COMPASS" sign along the top today:

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J.J. Abrams style:
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Had to angle this last one oddly so I didn't get the sun completely in the shot making the building just a silhouette. Also, notice that the white wall that surrounded the construction site is mostly gone. They took down a good portion of it yesterday:
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They've also started repaving Guildford Ct.:
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This building turned out to be somewhat disappointing. The renderings looked far more urban and cutting edge verses a white box with a small overhang. It looks suburban-ish from the 1980s. Hopefully the will add Phase 2/3 to this.

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Having had to see it everyday since construction began, it's actually grown on me, and I quite like it. I don't like that they left the garage overlooking the Centre at Post Oak bare, but apart from that I like it. I think we should hold final judgement on it until the rest of the site is finished. It looks awkward on its own right now. When the property is fully built up, I think we'll all like it.

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I've not heard anything about exact numbers for this building, but given that companies are moving into the Houston and this area in a big way, and that current numbers for office space in Uptown is 90%+ occupancy, and the fact that they've said the next phase will begin when this building is fully leased, I suspect we'll be hearing an announcement regarding the next phase by the end of the year.

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They really made a big mistake with the green glass on this job.  From what I am hearing the tenant brokers are really hating on this building.  It sounds like the cut a ton of corners to get this thing built per BBVA's demands and it will probably cost them tenants.

 

The Skanska building is looking much better than this chunk of blah.

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I call this the Bad Romance Building- here's why.

 

The Lady Gaga song Bad Romance sounds like six different songs all mishmashed into one, like a bunch of people butted heads and wouldn't give in on not having their part included in the song. So, they drew parts out of a hat, stitched it together, and put it on the radio. Pop music consumers ate it up.

 

 

This building has all it's different disjointed parts mishmashed together into one building just like Bad Romance. (whoever had the idea of having SIX facades on one building should have been fired from the project!)

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I was thinking it looked like a quilt - an architectural quilt made up of scraps from other buildings. I'm not sure that I 'get it', but I will give the architect and the builder some points just for taking a risk. I mean, at least it doesn't look like it was picked out of a catalog. Hopefully, it will work with the rest of the project.

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Another architectural disappointment for Houston....and in such a high profile area nonetheless. Overall, "cutting corners" is now a part of Houston culture and it is no more evident than in architecture designs chosen for projects in the city.

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Remember guys, this is just phase one that's been built. This is the old rendering of the completed site:

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I'd recommend reserving your final opinions on this one until the rest of the site is built up. I am certain that with the rest of it filled it, that this will fit much better than it does now, and your opinions will all be more positive.

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Remember guys, this is just phase one that's been built. This is the old rendering of the completed site:

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I'd recommend reserving your final opinions on this one until the rest of the site is built up. I am certain that with the rest of it filled it, that this will fit much better than it does now, and your opinions will all be more positive.

But on the other hand, you also have to remember the many projects in Houston that initially had multiple phases which were later canceled. It's very common. Let's hope not with this project because that building really doesn't look so great all by itself.

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If they used the materials depicted in that rendering on the actually building it would have turned out a lot better. If you look at the rendering the building that was built has a different design and the materials that where used are different. It should have been built to look like the rendering, thats just my opinion though.

 

Hopefully the other phases actually come to fruition and make this building more appealing, like intecity77 mentioned Houston developments have a pattern of changing and canceling initial plans.

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I actually do not think the building looks as hideous as some are making it out to be.  It's not a world class stunner but neither is it a piece of crap.

 

It's a tab bit above "average" IMO. I mean, what if it was simply all precast concrete between floors with glass windows giving a plain striped effect as on the back side  - now that would be boring.

 

What we have is a balcony/sky garden on the 7-8 floors and multiple facades all around which makes it somewhat atypical.

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But on the other hand, you also have to remember the many projects in Houston that initially had multiple phases which were later canceled. It's very common. Let's hope not with this project because that building really doesn't look so great all by itself.

They built this leaving a good chunk of land open specifically for future development. While it may not be like the original plan, they won't just leave clear ground on a prime spot on Post Oak unused for very long. Postponed is always a possibility, but I sincerely doubt they will cancel future plans for the site.

 

It's definitely underwhelming but an improvement over wha used to be there at least. Wasn't the lot a strip center before this?

This is what used to be there:

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And this is what happened to it:

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I went by this the other day and it looks like it is complete, and I think it looks really great. It looks much better than the photos. This was not a let down by any means

 

Totally agree. There seems to be a lot of negativity towards this building but I think it's nice. I think it's even interesting how parts of the building extend nearly over the sidewalk. Like the overall design as well. Perhaps the tower just isn't.... photogenic. 

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No, the builders cut corners. The only lights are the signs that light up white at night.

 

I really doubt that would be the builders cutting corners. No builder would cut corners to the point that a very visible planned part of a building would simply not be delivered. I suspect those lights were never really a serious part of the plan to begin with.

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I know I've said this once before, but every time I drive past this building since it has neared completion I am more impressed. The color and textures I think fit in great with Post Oak. I give this project an A maybe A+. Really great addition

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Totally agree. There seems to be a lot of negativity towards this building but I think it's nice. I think it's even interesting how parts of the building extend nearly over the sidewalk. Like the overall design as well. Perhaps the tower just isn't.... photogenic.

I agree. I went by it the other day and was quite surprised by how much better it looked in person. Hopefully, they'll build out the other two buildings per the plan. It'll be a really nice addition to the area if that happens.

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I am liking this building more now that it is approaching completion.  It still isn't my cup of tea architecturally, but I think it will be a positive change for the Post Oak Blvd. environment.

 

At this point, my only complaint is that they didn't bother to cover the south side of the concrete garage.  It makes for a big ugly view from points south. 

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yeah it is a cool building in my opinion and i live just behind it on mccue. since my company a block away on sage banks with compass i went it to do a deposit today and they said they are on track for a May 20th grand opening! thats just a few weeks away! (we were in the old bank building but not moving back since our rent is so much less on sage now...boo! haha)

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  • The title was changed to PNC Plaza & 2120 Post Oak Blvd. Mixed-Use
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