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This place is gonna be huge. Also, what is a curtain-wall high-rise?

McCord Development Inc. is set to launch Generation Park — a 3,635-acre corporate park near George Bush Intercontinental Airport that, when completely developed, would have a total value of more than $5 billion.

http://www.bizjourna...-sets-huge.html

http://www.generationpark.com/

Last year's info from Swamplot http://swamplot.com/...ark/2011-06-09/

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Oh yeah, I forgot one of my favorite parts of the article. It describes the retail aspect as City Centre on steroids!

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The sprawling Generation Park project near George Bush Intercontinental Airport, shown in this rendering,has 207 development sites.

Sprawling indeed. I love how they say it will compete with downtown buildings for tenants, good luck with that claim.

Looks like a standard office park, only bigger. Not very walkable looking.

Generous setbacks, natural water features, and an abundance of walk trails creates an idyllic work setting

Every master planned community has that, it's called wasted space and retention ponds.

I love the video, Watch the The 5 Districts Listen to the R&D district section of the video starting at 0:55.

Located south of the Rention Pond, Lake District, in a heavily wooded environment. The R&D district design with generous forested set backs to keep innovation and trade secrets private.

Are they eff-ing kidding me?

Jessie, please note, I am happy you found this, and not teasing you, rather the developers for coming up with this nonsense to sell something we don't need.

Didn't we already have a huge office park announcement from Hines already. And everything else in the video is already done, it's called the Woodlands.

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This would be far better off as a master-planned community. It's only 19 miles to downtown along a new, uncongested, and toll-free freeway. It's surrounded by big regional parks to the south, east, and west, and Fall Creek and Summerwood have already established and proven the market. And it's wholly within Sheldon ISD, which has neither a particularly good or bad reputation because its so sparsely populated. All it would take is this, which could be a project of similar scale with Shadow Creek Ranch, and the ISD's reputation would swing toward positive. (It certainly makes more sense to develop this as residential than for Lennar to bother developing the EarthQuest site as residential, 35 miles out in New Caney.)

It could have a small commercial component, but nothing so ambitious. Few employers have ever been especially interested in northeast Houston, just the same as how Pearland is not a big draw for employers. I don't envision that pattern changing too much.

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Pretty much all contemporary high rises are curtain wall lockmat. That just means the exterior wall (generally glass) is hung outside of the structure. Think of any tower in "uptown" or, more attractively, the new building that looks like a lighter downtown. Or any number of other buildings really.

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Screen Shot 2012-04-28 at 3.35.32 PM by wools, on Flickr

Features:

Pedestrian friendly 10-lane boulevard with 3 medians. Modeled after Las Vegas Blvd., long known as one of the most pedestrian oriented streets in America.

1.5-mile long "Generation Park Lake" retention pond.

Forested-setback "R&D district" to, uh, "keep innovation and trade secrets protected."

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From the good folks at BisNow -- a massive new development is coming.

Highlights:

  • 3,635 acres -- 1/4 the size of Manhattan.
  • Called "Generation Park" because it's so big, the next generation will have to finish developing it.
  • Winfield Road becomes Generation Parkway

Generation Park will be built in five phases and have five districts: The Corridor (mixed-use), Lake District (corporate HQs), R&D, Industrial, and rail-served foreign trade zone (FTZ). 930-acre Phase 1 encompasses the Corridor and FTZ areas. One 60-acre tract along the Beltway will be a medical center. Ryan is talking to major medical systems to build a regional hospital (there are none in the northeast). Phase 1 amenities include a promenade along a lake.

Linky: http://www.bisnow.com/houston_commercial_real_estate_news_story.php?p=24803

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A pipe dream. Horrifying and disgusting at that. Destroying 1 MILLION trees shoud be a crime against humanity. Unless he moves them. Which he probably won't. Just look at him. Ugh.

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Ehh - he planted the million trees twelve years ago. It's not exactly old growth forest he's clear-cutting.

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@ LTAWACS 1 million trees which he paid for and planted. He can do what he pleases with them. How many trees have you planted ? Since your so concerned. He planted the trees so that the area would have a wooded feel im sure he will leave a great majority of them.

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@ LTAWACS 1 million trees which he paid for and planted. He can do what he pleases with them. How many trees have you planted ? Since your so concerned. He planted the trees so that the area would have a wooded feel im sure he will leave a great majority of them.

Ryan?

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From the good folks at BisNow -- a massive new development is coming.

Highlights:

  • 3,635 acres -- 1/4 the size of Manhattan.
  • Called "Generation Park" because it's so big, the next generation will have to finish developing it.
  • Winfield Road becomes Generation Parkway

Linky: http://www.bisnow.co...ory.php?p=24803

OLD NEWS. This information was posted April 27, 2012 in a thread titled "Generation Park"

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Here are some links to some recent interviews with Ryan Mccord about Generation Park:

 

 

 

Also Ryan Mccord spoke about Generation Park at a recent Bisnow conference :

 

http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/greg-and-chip-to-head-hendricks-berkadia/

 

"McCord Development prez Ryan McCord agrees you can build a better mouse trap. He's planning something really innovative for Generation Park's first office tower. He says it'll be a first for Houston, but we can't hear more about it until this fall. In other Generation Park news, Ryan announced he has proposals out for two 1M SF fulfillment centers."

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Will this really destroy 1 million trees?

no it will destroy thousands of trees, but on the bright side its designed to be a green environment.

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Anybody know when this is going to breakground?

 

They haven't announced any buildings going up as of yet, they are currently working on the infrastructure for the project such as roads and utilities. I read in a Bisnow article that Ryan McCord said that a office building would be announced this fall, its suppose to be something that has never been built in Houston before. Also FMC Technologies purchased 173 acres within the Generation Park development this year so hopefully they will break ground on something soon. I imagine it will be some type of HQ or corporate campus since its such a large purchase.

 

Will this really destroy 1 million trees?

 

Seriously doubt it will be that many, the majority of the trees on the site are pine trees planted by McCord. The project seems like it will have a very wooded setting so I think they will only take out the trees that have to come out to build. Ryan McCord compares it to The Woodlands alot so i'm sure it will have alot of trees. 

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Wow can't wait to see the renderings for that mysterious building in the fall.

I know I hope it is interesting.

http://www.bisnow.com/commercial-real-estate/houston/greg-and-chip-to-head-hendricks-berkadia/

"McCord Development prez Ryan McCord agrees you can build a better mouse trap. He's planning something really innovative for Generation Park's first office tower. He says it'll be a first for Houston, but we can't hear more about it until this fall. In other Generation Park news, Ryan announced he has proposals out for two 1M SF fulfillment centers."

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It's a wonderful development in an area of town that hasn't seen activity like this for 30 years. While it is a suburban campus "town square", its a step in the right direction from previous campus developments.

But does anyone else cringe at the words used in the video? How can people not see through all the B/S buzz words?

Will the new water cooler talk be "hey John, let's go innovate at the plaza"! Oh man...

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But does anyone else cringe at the words used in the video? How can people not see through all the B/S buzz words?

Will the new water cooler talk be "hey John, let's go innovate at the plaza"! Oh man...

I agree it is very over the top, I guess that is their style.

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I agree it is very over the top, I guess that is their style.

 

he seems to create  a conflict of words, first he says it innovate ,then he says it is new for Houston,implying it is something that exist just not in Houston.

 

A subway system  to ferry the people around the different sections? naw that would e to big to hide someone would have spilled the beans.

Moving side walks like the jetsons..lol now the sheer cost of such a system design to cover such a space who be in the biilions.

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Also FMC Technologies purchased 173 acres within the Generation Park development this year so hopefully they will break ground on something soon. I imagine it will be some type of HQ or corporate campus since its such a large purchase.

 

Bingo. By the time they're done, it'll be similar in complexion to Exxon's development in the Woodlands.

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Uscats,

to answer your questions and respond to your comments. 

 

Yes, yes, yes, yes, probably, probably not, yes it seems so, who knows, we can hope, yes, and wait and see. 

 

How's your post count now? 

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Expect lots of activity soon...W.Lake Houston Parkway Lockwood Sub.C lakes/trails and an unannounced project by a certain school...can't say more!

Big things are coming to Generation Park!

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Plans for the west side of Generation Park including the subC lane, West Lake Houston Parkway, Lockwood, and the massive lake were sent out to the winning bid and should begin construction soon. I believe they had a groundbreaking "ceremony" last week.

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A large white event tent was erected on the property today by Aztec. It can be seen from the beltway. Also there has been a lot of activity on the site from excavators and bulldozers.

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LOL at the rendering showing a man walking on what appears to be a nature trail through prairie grasslands! 

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LOL at the rendering showing a man walking on what appears to be a nature trail through prairie grasslands! 

 

Why the LOL? Aren't prairie grasslands more environmentally effective when it comes to rain run off, more economical with less need for mowing and maintenance, and gives the more natural look that can feel more inviting?

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Because building a sprawling corporate campus on the prairie complete with surface parking, a massive garage, and multiple low-rise structures and then turning around and replanting some shrubs to show you care about the environment is laughable.

 

If you truly care about rain run off, stop paving the damn prairie.

 

 

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