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Got to take a hardhat tour of the site yesterday. Still a lot of work to be done. They're shooting for an October 26th grand opening, with about the first 15 or 16 floors complete at that time. The 39

That's a great shot.  And to give an idea of how much things have changed from this angle recently, below I have attempted to highlight everything that's new in the last 15 years:

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That's why I asked... because earlier in the thread there were posts about the Hines development

Ah, for sure. Some people were discussing how this project moving forward might affect the Hines residential development a block away.

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The van in the picture in the article is no older than a 1971 model, FWIW.

Sounds seedy. We have Fondren for that now.

Don't worry, I don't think anyone's trying to bring all that back. It's as much a part of downtown's past as men in top hats helping women in dresses onto trolleys.

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Sounds seedy. 

 

Heeyyyyyyyy... what's so bad about seedy?  :rolleyes:

 

Driving past on Milam earlier today, I saw a Harvey sign on the fence.  Looks like there will be more cement trucks to dodge sooner rather than later there.

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I think I'm more excited about this development than Hines... Just because it removes more surface parking

 

Hines tower takes all of the surface lot parking out of the block it is going on, same as this one.

Don't worry, I don't think anyone's trying to bring all that back. It's as much a part of downtown's past as men in top hats helping women in dresses onto trolleys.

 

There's way a market for seedy, it's just interesting where it goes over time. All interesting stuff.

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There's way a market for seedy, it's just interesting where it goes over time. All interesting stuff.

 

I was referring to the hippy/lovefest thing that the article discussed. Did you think it was seedy because the buildings looked run down in the photo?

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I was referring to the hippy/lovefest thing that the article discussed. Did you think it was seedy because the buildings looked run down in the photo?

 

No, I meant seedy as referring to the types of activities that they were describing/relative position in the overall city cultural scene.

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Hogg Palace is about to get noisy.

That is Hogg Palace in the last shot, right? If not, somebody else is about to get noisy.

 

At least construction will be when most of them are at work.

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They've now got both southbound sidewalks closed  (Louisiana & Milam).  This is creating a dangerous situation.  Parkers in the garage are having to walk in the street.  Downtown drivers be crazy, including Metro buses.  Should I report this Hazard to the city?

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No! It might cause them to cancel the project and then the boom will be over! How'd you like THAT hanging over your head for the rest of your life?

 

Haha.  :lol:  Maybe I'll just start taking the shuttle to go 1 BLOCK.!  Or, I could walk against traffic, so that I can see what's about to hit me.

 

It won't be hanging over my head if I'm dead.

 

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To appease the masses here are some pics from earlier today.

 

Thanks.  When driving past I'm usually on Milam or Louisiana and paying too much attention to trying to make the light at Preston without getting clobbered by a bus to get a good look. 

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Texas D.E. Harvey Builders has started constructing Market Square Tower at 777 Preston in downtown Houston. The 40-story, 500,000-sq-ft building will contain 463 rental apartments, an indoor basketball court, a virtual golf simulator, a screening room with recliners, a banquet room and two swimming pools. The project owner is the Woodbranch Investment Group. Construction is expected to be completed by January 2017. The project is valued at $147.3 million. D.E. Harvey Builders, Attn: Dustin Kelch, Project Manager, 3630 Westchase, Houston, 77042. DR#14-00507311.

http://enr.construction.com/resources/pulse/2014/0811-pulse.asp

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2.5 years to build this?

For whatever reason (likely totally wrong headed on my part), this seems quite long to me. I would have guessed no more that 2 years. Shows again why fools like me don't build buildings.

Don't beat yourself down too much. You're right, something like this could go up in less than 2 years. The key factor here is money. Spend more money on construction and it'll go quicker. Save money on construction and amount of labor the months start to add up. Think BHPBilliton Tower vs Astoria. BHP started theirs months after Astoria started yet they're at the same height and are somewhat confined to similar tight land spaces on Post Oak. Edited by BigFootsSocks
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I'm in industrial construction, and were having some occasional labor shortages. The highrise market may be more severe though. 

 

We are having crazy labor shortages.  Also in sub markets like the energy corridor lead times for concrete are 5-8 weeks even for the big concrete guys (Keystone / Baker).

 

Dont get me wrong there are plenty of warm bodies willing to fill your jobsite, but finding qualified labor is becoming a real challenge. 

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I won't go too much down the path of politics/labor movements. A lot of the plants/refineries/etc.. require federal background checks and significant drug testing. When I was traveling all over the country a lot more; I'd get hair follicle tested like 5 times a year- Urinalysis was easily a dozen times per year. Rather annoying, but it thins out our available pool of workers. I kind of wish they lightened up about that. 

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2.5 years to build this?

For whatever reason (likely totally wrong headed on my part), this seems quite long to me. I would have guessed no more that 2 years. Shows again why fools like me don't build buildings.

 

 

Don't beat yourself down too much. You're right, something like this could go up in less than 2 years. The key factor here is money. Spend more money on construction and it'll go quicker. Save money on construction and amount of labor the months start to add up. Think BHPBilliton Tower vs Astoria. BHP started theirs months after Astoria started yet they're at the same height and are somewhat confined to similar tight land spaces on Post Oak.

 

Is there any particular reason this building should go up faster than other buildings of comparable height?  Will 2929 Weslayan be completed in less than 2 years?  (Hint:  it was started in November 2012.)    2 1/2 years seems like a pretty normal construction time for a 40-story building.

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Is the above photo-shopped image an accurate portrayal of the building? Seems 'fat' for such a narrow piece of land as seen from the image above taken from the previous poster. I figured it would resemble more One Park Place with a wide face and narrow sides and not a perfect square as seen in this rendering.

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