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Yes, the first tower crane is going up and according to a rigger and some Skanska workers, 2 more tower cranes will be going up in the next couple of weeks. The office portion is going up too!!!  They

It's kind of open, at least if you wander around from Pennzoil, there's nothing/no one to stop you continuing through the tunnel level.    It looks really well done. In one mole person's opi

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So they took out the ramps on the temporary garage.  The first pic was yesterday afternoon, the second pic is this morning.

 

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I'm not sure that they ever used it after the implosion. The whole parking easment explanation seems off now, except that I can't think of a better one that covers why you would spend as much as they did to build ramps and use it for what seemed like a few weeks. 

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Wonder if it would have been cheaper to provide each and every parker free valet parking nearby instead of doing all this.

 

I can not imagine how it would not have been cheaper.

 

Earlier in the thread, someone mentioned that it was 150 spaces.

 

Throwing out a plausible, but wholly unsupported guess on the cost of the dessign, engineering and construction required to make the temporary garage at $1 million (my gut says it is more, but I'm being conservative), that would mean nearly $7k per parking spot or roughly $12.50 per weekday for two years.

 

But in any case, it was only used for a couple of months. It would be very instructive to go through the particulars of this deal. It certainly seems incredibly wasteful.

 

The pile drillers were running in the hole this morning.

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Going back through the thread, it looks like they only used the ramps from June through October. I may be wrong, but I swear that I did not see anyone using the garage after the demolition.

 

There had to have been a big bust in someone's plan, even with Sauron's parking agreement.

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Maybe the implosion compromised the structural integrity (at least in a certain area) of the garage, making it unsafe to have it in operation again.  I always thought that is was very risky having one half of it come down in freefall so near to the other half without causing no damage.

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Maybe the implosion compromised the structural integrity (at least in a certain area) of the garage, making it unsafe to have it in operation again.  I always thought that is was very risky having one half of it come down in freefall so near to the other half without causing no damage.

 

It might have. There is a big gash at the top that completely broke through a horizontal beam that supported the roof.  

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Having messed up the parking situation, Skanska is now contractually committed to building a statue of Ben Love on the site no more that five feet below the FAA maximum allowable terrestrial structure height for Downtown Houston.

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I'll wildly speculate that what's going on is that rather than Plan A of building the south half of the parking podium, moving over Those Whose Parking Shall Not Be Disturbed, then taking out the north structure and going up with the tower, they are going to Plan B - zap out the whole block and build at least the full footprint of the parking podium so that Chase can get hooked back into the tunnel system.  

 

It's interesting, though, that after all the time and effort expended to deconstruct the southern structure prior to imploding it, they're going with an old school wrecking ball.

 

(**insert Miley Cyrus earworm here**)  :ph34r:

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My guess, for what it's worth......The garage sustains some damage during the implosion, Have to move Those Whose Parking Shall Not Be Disturbed (TWPSNBD) to another garage for the repairs. Move TWPSNBD to said new site. Once TWPSNBD are gone see an opening.  Now even though they spend the money to demolish the structures as they were see this opening to save millions by now clearing the whole site, gain more room for the construction of the new parking garage, and maybe have a more marketable site to find that new tenant for the new tower....just a guess..

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Any buildings in downtown Houston have rooftop access that are pretty tall for pic taking and drone launching? It looks like there is a railing on the smaller gray Chase-matching structure in the pic.

 

Not many that would be openly accessible.  Public garages would probably be your best bet.  If you get a room at the Magnolia, you could go out on their pool deck, it's at the top. Ditto Hotel Icon.

 

Judging by the google map satellite image, the 601 Travis garage that you mention doesn't look to have anything but the standard roof top mechanical stuff up there as its top few floors are all office space.

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Not many that would be openly accessible.  Public garages would probably be your best bet.  If you get a room at the Magnolia, you could go out on their pool deck, it's at the top. Ditto Hotel Icon.

 

Judging by the google map satellite image, the 601 Travis garage that you mention doesn't look to have anything but the standard roof top mechanical stuff up there as its top few floors are all office space.

Nate is correct. I can see the top of this garage from my office. However there is quite a lot of equipment on that roof and what cannot be seen from street level is that at the center of the garage structure is a smaller oval office/conference room level rising above the last visible floor that could have roof access. There are also coolers for the JP Morgan building in a hidden nook on the northeast portion of the mega garage slash office. As this was a Hines construction I wouldn't put it past them putting permanent railings in simply for safety of workers on the roof.

 

As a side note for those who don't work downtown there is kind of a parking crunch since many surface lots have bitten it and The Market square garage is not open to daily parkers only contract. This has prompted the Chronicle to open up half their garage to public use for eight bucks a day. Also their is like a seven hundred person long waiting list to get a contract parking spot with the Theater District Parking during daytime hours. If Skanska builds this garage they will get a lot of business to pay for it while they search for a tenant so they can build their tower. Parking rates are rising all over downtown. Last I checked the going rate for contract parking was between $120 and $150 a month for a space. Many of my co-workers are not happy about this for obvious reasons. On a bright note this is causing several of them to consider riding metro. (More parking for me!)

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On a side note, it won't be too long before 609 Main will peek over the top of the Chase Tower garage and be visible from Milam near where I took the pictures above. 

 

Stuff's going to get a lot denser in here. If this (Capitol Tower) gets built all the way as rendered, it will be an interesting new atmosphere going down Capitol.

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I understand and respect Skanska's reasons for postponing the project because of the questionable economic environment, but I'm just disappointed that we're only getting a seven story parking garage for now in such a prime spot, especially because I feel like the building that they ripped down had potential to be converted into pretty cool residential units. I hope they are able to eventually find a lead tenant because I really like their proposal.

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I wonder how some of the interior offices look in our buildings. Do some exist in our taller and bigger "prized" towers that still have the typical ceiling tiles and old carpet? If they build this tower, I wonder how the price per square foot will compete with dated interior spaces, and if it would prompt smaller space renters (law firms), to fill up this one? Look what happened to BG Group. I know BG Group took a nice chunk but the rest of the available square footage filled up quickly. In 2008.

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Montrose1100, my company leased a couple floors of BG Group Place.  They didn't really bother building it out, though, so it's just bare concrete ceilings and pillars, plus rusty fire sprinkler pipes and fluorescent lights hanging by wires from the ceiling.  The HVAC system is fully exposed with all the insulated ducts that are supposed to be hidden by a drop ceiling.  I guess they are going for the industrial look.

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I understand and respect Skanska's reasons for postponing the project because of the questionable economic environment, but I'm just disappointed that we're only getting a seven story parking garage for now in such a prime spot, especially because I feel like the building that they ripped down had potential to be converted into pretty cool residential units. I hope they are able to eventually find a lead tenant because I really like their proposal.

 

I agree.  It really gripes me that one of the most beautiful old buildings in the center of downtown was torn down to make way for a freakin' parking garage.  I realize the project is "postponed", but some of those postponements can last for decades (Bank of the Southwest Tower, Lamar Hotel block, etc).  

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I always thought of the old building as just sort of inoffensively there, but not anything remarkable. The Travis side had nice uniform slab canyon effect between this, Chase, and Esperson that was cool apart from the usually defunct club/restaurant space.  The Rusk side looked more run down.

 

I suppose they could have tried to make use of the residential incentives in a conversion, but that option was on the table before they started ripping things up and they chose not to take it. Given the thickness of the old building, I wonder if they would have had a hard time designing apartment space that would not have been either huge or windowless. 

 

Either they misjudged the risk of the grander project, or they are ok with waiting it out and building the tower someday, maybe. 

 

 

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No accounting for taste, I guess... but that building was mostly a parking garage before it was torn down.  It was the literal and spiritual predecessor of 601 Travis, right down to housing a parking garage, Texas Commerce Bank's backroom operations, and a private club up top.  Skanska's predecessor was having trouble giving away offices in there.

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