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18 minutes ago, dbigtex56 said:

Let's hope that the ill-advised plans to despoil 800 Bell have been thrown in the dust bin, and that it will not fall victim to an ignorant, awkward and unconvincing attempt to 'modernize' this beautiful and distinctive building. 
Consider some of the amateurish attempts to update older buildings such as the Federal Courthouse (515 Rusk) or Two Shell Plaza.
The results manage to be both tragic and laughable. Granted, that is no small feat, but surely there were better options available.

This.

I really fail to understand the logic behind the current fad for "let's reclad the bottom few floors in something that doesn't look anything like the rest of the building," of which Two Shell is the most glaring example.  It looks like it was intentionally phoned in.

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2 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

Let's hope that the ill-advised plans to despoil 800 Bell have been thrown in the dust bin, and that it will not fall victim to an ignorant, awkward and unconvincing attempt to 'modernize' this beautiful and distinctive building. 
Consider some of the amateurish attempts to update older buildings such as the Federal Courthouse (515 Rusk) or Two Shell Plaza.
The results manage to be both tragic and laughable. Granted, that is no small feat, but surely there were better options available.

Did I miss something?  When was 515 Rusk updated?

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

Did I miss something?  When was 515 Rusk updated?

Quite some time ago... 10 years plus IIRC.  It used to have small red glazed tiles all along the first floor exterior.  The main entrance doors were also reworked.

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On 12/28/2020 at 1:53 PM, dbigtex56 said:

Let's hope that the ill-advised plans to despoil 800 Bell have been thrown in the dust bin, and that it will not fall victim to an ignorant, awkward and unconvincing attempt to 'modernize' this beautiful and distinctive building. 
Consider some of the amateurish attempts to update older buildings such as the Federal Courthouse (515 Rusk) or Two Shell Plaza.

Is there even a tenant in mind for 800 Bell?

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This project was using the long vacant bank across Travis for a field office etc. They seemed to have left that space as the fence was taken down and the building closed up. The Fairfield project is still a ways from topping out. Is this usual practice to close/move a field office as work continues? I really don't know. Or is something else going on?

My fantasy is that the Holiday Inn site is getting ready for something. I stress the fantasy aspect of that statement.

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4 minutes ago, Brooklyn173 said:

This project was using the long vacant bank across Travis for a field office etc. They seemed to have left that space as the fence was taken down and the building closed up. The Fairfield project is still a ways from topping out. Is this usual practice to close/move a field office as work continues? I really don't know. Or is something else going on?

My fantasy is that the Holiday Inn site is getting ready for something. I stress the fantasy aspect of that statement.

On some projects I've seen, they move the field office into the parking garage. Marquette did this in the Forth build on Navigation and so did the Kirby Collection.

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30 minutes ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Is there one person building this? It is moving so slowly.

Maybe metal framing takes longer or there are less workers that know how to work with it? Just guesses.

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