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^^^ my goodness!  this development is actually coming to LIFE.  what a MAGNIFICENT place this is going to become.  heck, in the second illustration, is that an actual SMILE starting to come across the face of the very stoic BLOSSOM HOTEL?  (geeeez, it seems that the BLOSSOM is actually starting to breathe for a change)  this particular development just reeks of possibilities.  houston is finally on the verge...

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20 hours ago, DotCom said:

There were some recent comments/questions about the location of upcoming buildings, so I'm reposting the last site plan that I remember seeing.  Last month the Texas A&M Board of Regents was considering "Authorization to Negotiate and Execute a Ground Lease of 2.6252 Acres of Land and Other Agreements Related to the Construction of Up to Two Research and Educational Buildings on the TMC3 Campus".  Then there was a TABS filing a couple weeks ago for "Industry Building Parcel D Bld B".

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Project/TABS2022020772

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Interesting that a good chunk of phase one hasn't started yet. Of course they are working on the helix gardens, and they've started construction on the Mixed Use Garage, Collaborative Building, and Industry Building One. But correct me if I'm wrong, they've done no work at all on the Member Institutions building? They for sure have done nothing for the Hotel, Conference Center, and Residential Building, and I don't think the UTHealth or MD Anderson buildings have started either.

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10 hours ago, Big E said:

Interesting that a good chunk of phase one hasn't started yet. Of course they are working on the helix gardens, and they've started construction on the Mixed Use Garage, Collaborative Building, and Industry Building One. But correct me if I'm wrong, they've done no work at all on the Member Institutions building? They for sure have done nothing for the Hotel, Conference Center, and Residential Building, and I don't think the UTHealth or MD Anderson buildings have started either.

One of the main reasons the UTHealth, MD Anderson, and Texas A&M buildings haven't started yet is due to state funding for CCAP projects (formerly called TRBs)- which fund each project to the tune of $70 million- still being in the process of flowing to the institutions and the institutions then having to get the final approval for the projects from the state. I believe each individual project was delayed past the most recent legislative session to try and get this funding so the previously allocated PUF dollars could then be reallocated to other projects (for example, in Texas A&M's case, the PUF funding displaced from A&M's TMC3 project by CCAP dollars is being moved to build a new small animal teaching hospital in College Station).

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  • The title was changed to TMC Helix Park: Texas Medical Center BioResearch Campus
  • The title was changed to TMC Helix Park: Texas Medical Center Bio Research Campus
42 minutes ago, Highrise Tower said:

The TMC now has a commercial website! It focuses on showing off their 4 campuses. The new website features a 4-minute video of a TMC3 animation that we've never seen before.  I'll post a bunch of new renderings from the video. 

The aggressive facades are just beautiful. A dream!! Really amazing stuff here. 

https://texasmedicalcenter.com/

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Hmmm. Very cool, but it does look a little lacking in the shade. I guess I was hoping for more of a Parque Mexico vibe. Gonna be veeery hot if the renderings are accurate.

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Houston needs more of this type of destinations. Yeah it's a Biomedical complex but it has a sense of place.

Too often we focus on the building itself and not with the interaction with the area. 

We have beautiful buildings but then we have to be artful in the way we snap it because it is next to a delapidated strip mall, an old apartment complex or a dated drive through. 

Even in downtown or Uptown you don't get that sense of continuity because a lot of buildings have blank walls or are car garages so the interaction doesn't give off the sense of being a cohesive place.

TMC is sort of different in that the landscaping does sort of unify the area. But TMC Helix park is all cohesive. I do hope it all ends up as shown and future improvements pay homage to the original plan. 

 

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2 hours ago, 004n063 said:

Hmmm. Very cool, but it does look a little lacking in the shade. I guess I was hoping for more of a Parque Mexico vibe. Gonna be veeery hot if the renderings are accurate.

I see a lot of trees and shade structures in there (and the renderings show young trees; they will get bigger over time...)

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41 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

I see a lot of trees and shade structures in there (and the renderings show young trees; they will get bigger over time...)

That's a good point about the young trees. If they're live oaks, they'll get big enough to cover most of the area. And again, it's just a rendering.

 

I just hope that rather than having shady areas you can go to, it's generally shady, with a couple of sunny spots you can go to.

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I do love a majestic live oak, but they take so long to mature that I hope they rely on a wide variety of trees, including other Oaks. 

Sends like they plant these Oaks that are already 4, 5 years old and you come back in 5 years and the are not much bigger. In my back yard,  squirrels bury Red Oak and Water Oak and the ones I leave alone are 15 to 20 feet tall in about 4-5 years.  Sycamores, Ash and Elm turn into sizable trees in just a few years too.

A native tree that I just love that should be used more is the Yaupon holly. 

Again, I don't think they should skip live Oaks altogether, someday they will be majestic, but there are tons of other trees that will give you quick shade and once the live Oaks get bigger these other trees can be thinned out. 

Native Persimmon, Sweet Gum and Pistache usually have brilliant fall colors. 

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