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Llewelyn-Davies Sahni to Lead Two Major Redevelopment Projects in Houston’s Midtown District

Projects will make area around HCC Central Campus an urban focal point

HOUSTON, TX (May 25, 2011) – Llewelyn-Davies Sahni (LDS), a leading architecture and urban design firm in Houston continues to lead two redevelopment / upgrade projects for Midtown TIRZ and Houston Community College in Houston’s historic Midtown District. The projects will include approximately 90 block fronts in and around the HCC Central Campus, major open space redevelopment program in and around the existing campus and construction of a major plaza in the foreground of the campus’s San Jacinto Building.

“The work to be done is a significant part of the revitalization of Houston’s Midtown, and it will dramatically change the campus ambience at HCC Central campus,” said Randhir Sahni, president of Llewelyn-Davies Sahni. “The new look and new features will provide a sense of place with a sense of arrival, and become a destination for visitors and residents.”

The Star Plaza, a magnificent outdoor area and perhaps the crown jewel of this redevelopment project, will be located on the HCC Central Campus adjacent to the San Jacinto Building currently under renovation. It represents Houston’s commitment to education, as the San Jacinto Building was the birthplace of the University of Houston, HISD and HCC. The new Plaza will include a replica of the San Jacinto Monument as the visual focus of a planned Star of Texas. In January 2011, HCC Board funded the redevelopment of the historic San Jacinto Building. The Star Plaza improvements will complement 90 block-front improvements on blocks adjacent to the campus and will visually reinforce the focal architecture qualities of the San Jacinto Building.

The Central College campus of the HCC System is the largest landholding entity in Midtown Houston and has the largest international student enrollment of any community college system in the nation. The Central Campus—the first in the HCC System—spans 16 city blocks in the physical core of Midtown.

These improvements will enhance as well as provide for the needed community open space and should stimulate neighborhood redevelopment. Establishing a destination for Houstonians may also bolster commerce in Midtown, and help revitalize the area while serving the needs of the HCC District and the students.

Inspiration for this redevelopment concept was drawn from various world-renowned urban spaces which served as examples of how best to exploit street amenities and manage ground plane treatment while providing a superior educational experience. The Plaza will be the “lung” of Midtown and potentially inspire quality private physical redevelopment.

Improvement plans to be implemented along Caroline, Holman and Alabama Streets will be funded by Midtown TIRZ by use of tax dollars. Improvements include upgrading the area from the back of the street curbs to the ROW line with features such as new trees, ground cover, new hardscape, signage, lighting and street amenities such as benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, banners, and other support infrastructure.

Work on the $20 million project is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2011. Major improvements are targeted to be completed by 2014.

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Hilarious! I initially thought I saw Star Pizza too!

I'm glad people are fessing up to this, for a bit I thought star pizza was REALLY hering ambitious.

Edit: feeding > fessing

Damn autocorrect.

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I'll admit it. I didn't even realize it wasn't Star Pizza until Jax wrote that. I guess my mind filled in the chasm between reality and imagination by creating some educational alliance between community college and beer with pizza. I actually didn't give it a second thought.

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The old HCC building at the corner of Holman and San Jacinto has been demolished, so this project is definitely progressing. The campus already looks tremendously better now that the plaza has an opening to the sky, with sight lines to the main buildings cleared aside from the graceful, mature oaks lining Holman.

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So... it's basically a new park. No towers...

Yes, it's a new park for HCC's plaza. HCC has said in a past public meeting that they've had talks about building a tower on the lot across the street. I have no clue if they are still talking about it though. They have plenty of land to build on though.

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The surface parking lot to the east is pretty much completed. I'm glad they actually lined it with trees and greenery. Also, there were some hardhats in the plaza-to-be site this morning. Construction trailers have been there as well for the past few weeks, but it's the first time I've actually seen workers around.

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The surface parking lot to the east is pretty much completed. I'm glad they actually lined it with trees and greenery. Also, there were some hardhats in the plaza-to-be site this morning. Construction trailers have been there as well for the past few weeks, but it's the first time I've actually seen workers around.

This is actually a really badass parking lot... i'm impressed.

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Yes, it's a new park for HCC's plaza. HCC has said in a past public meeting that they've had talks about building a tower on the lot across the street. I have no clue if they are still talking about it though. They have plenty of land to build on though.

A 3 story building does not qualify as a "tower"... sorry. Let me know when it reaches at least 30 stories. Thnx.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2014/07/02/beyond-the-lists-houston-civil-and-structural.html

 

5. $90 million — Houston Community College capital improvement project. Freese and Nichols Inc., No. 19, will provide project management services along with Heery International at HCC's central campus. The project is part of HCC's $425 million bond program that will provide improvements to all six of HCC's campuses. Freese and Nichols will oversee the central campus project until its anticipated completion in June 2016.

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