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Capital Tower Bar is getting some equipment. Wonder what their rotating beer taps will be :ph34r:

 

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Speaking of Houston Club and other places - Be cool if before they knock down some of the landmarks if they let pickers go in and take a piece of history - a nice marble counter - an iconic sign - some decorative doors etc - a sort of urban garage sale.

 

Before the Houston Club closed, they held an auction in which they tried to sell damn near everything they could.  When Skanska took over the property, the only think left was Asbestos, Mold, and years of neglect.

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The lights in the crown really make this building ... all of the lit-up buildings were blue last night ... anyone know why?

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13 hours ago, mattyt36 said:

The lights in the crown really make this building ... all of the lit-up buildings were blue last night ... anyone know why?

I believe it was in correspondence with an event held at Buffalo bayou park last night for the full moon. 

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The lights in the crown of this building are beautiful. Totally agree! It makes the building...

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not able to get downtown very often, does anyone have some updated pics of the tower both by day and especially at night ?  much appreciated !

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On 7/26/2019 at 8:33 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

wow, super fantastic photos !  Thanks so much for sharing them with us, ekdrm2d1.  This is a cool project and a great looking medium sized tower with great features !

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They were running the generator and cooking some trees this morning.

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On 6/26/2019 at 11:32 AM, tangledwoods said:

 

 

Elevators like these use a destination grouping scheme to reduce wait times.  When you scan your badge it tells you which elevator to go to (because it know what floor your work on).  That way all the people going to floor XX during the morning rush go stand in front of elevator YY.  For elevator banks that do not have badge access, there is a centrally located call station where you enter the floor number and it tells you which elevator to wait at.

 

Skanska used this system on their 3009 Post Oak building.  There are a number of newer buildings in Houston that use this.

 

 

Developers like these systems because on tall / large buildings they can actually reduce their elevator count due to the decrease in loiter times.

If you want to learn more:

Kone - Destination Control

 

What happens if you have to go to a different floor for a meeting? that's common if your employer has more than one floor.

 

On 6/26/2019 at 11:48 AM, H-Town Man said:

 

And whoever has access to the data has a permanent record of when you entered and left.

 

 

Their building, their rules. That's the least of my privacy worries these days.

 

On 7/5/2019 at 10:51 AM, mollusk said:

 

Makes sense.  Building memos at 700 Louisiana always referred to "BOAC," which of course would immediately start a Back In The USSR earworm.

 

Maybe a change to Bank of America Center / formerly Capitol Tower by Skanska?  The Houston Club building seems to be going down the memory hole anyway.

To me, BOAC is the predecessor to British Airways, British Overseas Air Corporation

 

700 Louisiana will always be the Republic Bank building for those of us who were here when it was built.

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

 

Their building, their rules. That's the least of my privacy worries these days.

 

 

I never said it wasn't their building, their rules. I just said "I wouldn't like this if I worked for them."

 

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6 hours ago, Nate99 said:

Maybe it belongs in the thread about the idea of a tower three blocks over, but I saw this under the Houston Club/Capitol Tower/BOAT.

 

This is heading into the Texas Commerce Bank Tower (for brevity). 

 

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There is tunnel access at the basement level of the One Market Square garage, and the tunnel was connected and functioning before they started the the Texas Tower construction. It's closed now, but here's a shot looking towards the garage from the texas tower end of the tunnel, and another from the lowest parking area up the stairs towards the Texas Tower site. I'm sure it'll be reopened when the Texas Tower construction finishes. 

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9 hours ago, jermh said:

 

 

There is tunnel access at the basement level of the One Market Square garage, and the tunnel was connected and functioning before they started the the Texas Tower construction. It's closed now, but here's a shot looking towards the garage from the texas tower end of the tunnel, and another from the lowest parking area up the stairs towards the Texas Tower site. I'm sure it'll be reopened when the Texas Tower construction finishes. 

 

That's neat. I never realized that they actually opened it, though I did follow the lawsuit about keeping the connection post-Hines acquisition of the Chronicle building, so I figured it would be there once the Texas Tower opened.

 

I just thought it was interesting that they didn't put "garage" on the sign, I took it as hopeful.  

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Silver Lining is busy for happy hour. I’ll post photos later this evening.

 

Wonder if people will get fired for drinking during work hours.

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Here's the bar menu.  They had Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in cans which is probably the best beer offered. Think they also had a few locals such as Saint Arnold/Karbach.

 

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Today I met the guy who does the the tunnel signs.  Very cool guy.  We were talking Hines :ph34r:

 

You can spot the older remains on this one.

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4 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

Silver Lining is busy for happy hour. I’ll post photos later this evening.

 

Wonder if people will get fired for drinking during work hours.

Great ... may try and swing by on Sunday evening to check things out. 

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1 hour ago, jermh said:

Common Bond coming 2020 wall graphics.

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Already looks busy. Thats a good sign.

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On 8/7/2019 at 7:44 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

This is great.

 

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Is it supposed to be an abstract map of Houston, or the tunnel system?

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12 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

Did not know this is Grand Opening Week.

 

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Read that in a german accent for some reason; "Un" "Der" Story"

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14 minutes ago, Luminare said:

 

Read that in a german accent for some reason; "Un" "Der" Story"

That is quite reasonable and I shall pronounce it that way henceforth. I imagined Baron Von Underbeheit’s accent too.

 

 

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Found this on the fridge at my office today. You know food hall has some staying power when you start seeing "virtual food halls".

 

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