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I like it a lot in it's simplicity and it's history. So I'll repeat my thoughts anytime someone calls it ugly.   Apart from it's height, you could teleport/swap it to the Shinjuku District i

Crane on site today to start swinging big white pipes into place.   

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I actually walked by here today and some of the tape read 'rebar'.  Hines and Cerberus may be in the early stages of their redevelopment of the plaza and ground level.  These holes are being drilled on Travis/Texas side.  They might be extending the first floor out on both these sides to add restaurant space for lease.  These sidewalks are pretty wide especially on Travis. 

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6 minutes ago, CREguy13 said:

I actually walked by here today and some of the tape read 'rebar'.  Hines and Cerberus may be in the early stages of their redevelopment of the plaza and ground level.  These holes are being drilled on Travis/Texas side.  They might be extending the first floor out on both these sides to add restaurant space for lease.  These sidewalks are pretty wide especially on Travis. 

 

Thanks! I suspected it to be the start of some capital improvements. It'll be interesting to see which architect was chosen and what they proposed.

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1 hour ago, CREguy13 said:

I actually walked by here today and some of the tape read 'rebar'.  Hines and Cerberus may be in the early stages of their redevelopment of the plaza and ground level.  These holes are being drilled on Travis/Texas side.  They might be extending the first floor out on both these sides to add restaurant space for lease.  These sidewalks are pretty wide especially on Travis. 

 

I believe I've heard of this so called "restaurant" thing before. interesting concept... Where people get together and potentially consume food in a social setting...

 

Hines is ahead of its time!!

 

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7 hours ago, CREguy13 said:

I actually walked by here today and some of the tape read 'rebar'.  Hines and Cerberus may be in the early stages of their redevelopment of the plaza and ground level.  These holes are being drilled on Travis/Texas side.  They might be extending the first floor out on both these sides to add restaurant space for lease.  These sidewalks are pretty wide especially on Travis. 

 

What is downtown like right now? Is anyone walking around? 

 

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57 minutes ago, H-Town Man said:

Wow. I figure the residents are at least out getting exercise, like every other neighborhood in America, but that's probably more on the north end.

At least from what I've seen, there's a lot of people out on bikes.  The downtown 5-lane streets are amazing to bike on when there are no cars.  The Columbia Tap trail is always busy with people as well, about half biking and half walking

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14 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Wait. So, you’d gather with people?  To eat...food?  Prepared by others?  Ridiculous. 

 

Yes. It was popular during the old times, before the beer plague hit us. Wonderful times they were!

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So is it gfr/extending the ground floor out or did we figure out what they’re doing? Seems a little narrow for restaurant space, but I’m just sure what just inside the current walls, so maybe they could bump into there?

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They haven't released the plans yet, but I imagine they are coming soon since construction has been underway for about a month now.  Judging by the scaffolding around the entire building, they're likely removing the paneling on the first floor. 

 

I don't think it makes sense for restaurant/retail on the Travis street side as that's where the tunnel connection and escalator are.  I'm wondering if they get creative and take the successes from Capitol Tower to open up Travis, so you have much more natural light/direct access to the tunnel from the street level. 

 

I do think that you have restaurant/retail space on both Texas and Milam street.  Texas side engages Texas Tower's active ground-level and Milam engages Jones Hall which Chase Tower was originally designed to complement.  My hope is the Plaza area will be re-imagined to support/serve as gateway to Theater District and be activated for building tenants/Jones Hall private events similar to what the new Lynn Wyatt Square aims to do for Alley Theater.  

 

I've heard rumors the price tag is between $20-30m so I'm optimistic this will exceed expectations with Hines involved.  They are working to rebrand this area of downtown as the 'North District' so this renovation must fit the legacy they are building.

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4 hours ago, CREguy13 said:

They haven't released the plans yet, but I imagine they are coming soon since construction has been underway for about a month now.  Judging by the scaffolding around the entire building, they're likely removing the paneling on the first floor. 

 

I don't think it makes sense for restaurant/retail on the Travis street side as that's where the tunnel connection and escalator are.  I'm wondering if they get creative and take the successes from Capitol Tower to open up Travis, so you have much more natural light/direct access to the tunnel from the street level. 

 

I do think that you have restaurant/retail space on both Texas and Milam street.  Texas side engages Texas Tower's active ground-level and Milam engages Jones Hall which Chase Tower was originally designed to complement.  My hope is the Plaza area will be re-imagined to support/serve as gateway to Theater District and be activated for building tenants/Jones Hall private events similar to what the new Lynn Wyatt Square aims to do for Alley Theater.  

 

I've heard rumors the price tag is between $20-30m so I'm optimistic this will exceed expectations with Hines involved.  They are working to rebrand this area of downtown as the 'North District' so this renovation must fit the legacy they are building.

 

Great info. Another factor is that Hines has moved its HQ to the new tower across the street, so they are really picking the decor for their own house, not somebody else's. Critical to recruiting talent to a global development firm in the 21st century is a great urban environment, just like 40 years ago it was "have an awesome mall next door" when they moved into Transco.

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Per HBJ here:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/10/28/its-official-hines-pe-firm-buy-houstons-tallest.html

 

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Renovations are planned for 600 Travis Street, which is the tallest building in Texas at 75 stories and contains more than 1.7 million square feet with 22,237 square feet of retail space. Improvements will include major updates to the lobby and exterior plaza area; the addition of connected, collaborative workspaces as well as a new conference center; and enhancements to other building common elements, per the release. The plaza's focal point — Joan Miró's "Personage and Birds" sculpture — will remain on-site. St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK is designing the renovations.

 

"Our goal is to enhance 600 Travis’ position as one of the top office buildings in the southwest," John Mooz, senior managing director at Hines, said in the release. "With significantly more activated common space and opportunities, the repositioning will promote greater tenant attraction and retention and will be a testament to Hines’ unmatched ability to maintain an asset’s architectural heritage while fostering a contemporary image for the modern workplace."

 

 

There was an RFP to a few architectural firms for concepts last year, but I hadn't paid attention to which firm was awarded. Looks to be HOK per this article. 

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I didn't get a picture but, the scaffolding on the Jones Hall side of the building was blown over by wind gust about 4:30-5pm yesterday. Most of it fell on to the ramp to the basement garage, and by 8ish the company that put it up was onsite removing the collapsed scaffolding debris. All but about confirmed my previously irrational fear and not being a fan of walking under it. ;)

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If they are expanding the ground floor, wonder how high and far they're going to do it. Hope it's something akin to the Texas tower retail, that would be a great addition to this part of Downtown. 

Hoping we get some sort of information soon, especially considering it might be a major renovation to the tallest tower in Texas. 

 

It honestly feels like Hines is changing this whole area by itself, it's insane how much they're adding. 

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Honestly, I don’t think that this is “construction” related. They do this when they do work on the exterior of building to protect the sidewalk below. Maybe they are cleaning, repairing/replacing damaged granite, or doing something more than just washing the windows. 

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10 hours ago, wxman said:

It's sad that our state's tallest building is also one of the ugliest. There is nothing special about this building at all. Just a tall, gray, bland, box. 

I can't believe you criticized something designed by I M Pei. How dare you! Everyone knows that the designers of the late 70's were the best ever, and we've been on a long downhill slide ever since, with nothing of note appearing for 40 years.😆😁🤣😂

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I think Pei once stated that they were going for a certain effect with this building and it didn't come out the way they wanted it. It does look good when you're sitting on the Pierce Elevated and the evening sun is hitting it, makes the granite kind of sparkle and the windows shimmer. Otherwise yeah, it's just a mass.

 

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It looked like they are working down the building, drilling the same holes they did on the ground level from the top via the window washing platforms. I snapped some photos with the telephoto lens from the Rice garage roof last week, but I never really looked to see if they came out. If they suck, I'll get out there today or tomorrow and take some more.

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On 6/8/2020 at 10:55 AM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

AFAIK, it;s still the tallest 5 sided building in the world.

 

 

how far do they go with these?

 

I now have an irrational desire to make the tallest 243 sided building in the world.

 

them: "but sir, it is only 1 story tall."

 

me: "I know, but it is the tallest 243 sided building in the world, and I demand recognition!"

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On 6/28/2020 at 10:57 AM, hindesky said:

Before and After for the new siding anchors.

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I think they’re gonna cover this tower in glass. Similar to what was done to the federal building on the other side of downtown 

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Here's the scope of work per TDLR.

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Retrofitting Level 2 and portions of Level 1 of an existing office tower as a conference center; expansion of tower entrance lobby atrium; new landscape architecture at outdoor areas (the plaza) including seating areas and planting areas

 

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This area of downtown is going to transform at a rapid pace...

 

Hines lands tenant for 250K-SF lease in Houston's tallest office tower with renovations underway

   
 
By Jeff Jeffrey  – Reporter, Houston Business Journal
Jul 13, 2020, 2:23pm CDT
 

Hines has landed a major tenant for Houston's tallest office tower, which the Houston-based firm is in the process of renovating.

An unnamed financial services firm has agreed to lease 250,000 square feet of space in the 75-story office tower at 600 Travis St., which is commonly known as JPMorgan Chase Tower, according to a press release. The lease comes after Hines and an affiliate of New York-based Cerberus Capital Management teamed up to buy 600 Travis and the adjacent building at 601 Travis St., formerly known as JPMorgan Chase Center, in October.

Hines is in the midst of renovating 600 Travis, which will see significant updates to the lobby and exterior plaza; the addition of connected, collaborative workspaces; enhancements to other building common elements; and the addition of a conference center that can accommodate up to 150 people. The renovations were designed by St. Louis-based HOK, according to a news release.

“The planned changes to the building’s ground-floor plane will be some of the most transformative in our firm’s history,” Hines Senior Managing Director John Mooz said in a statement. “For several years, our team has contemplated the unique untapped potential of the building’s large plaza area. The renovation takes strong advantage of that opportunity and that vision resonated with our new tenant.”

Here are some highlights of the renovations:

  • The exterior plaza will be converted into an urban garden, featuring increased green space, an expanded canopy and more connections from the outdoors to the building.
  • The lobby renovations will see additional retail space added, which will provide new food and beverage options to tenants.
  • The renovations will also reimagine the entrance, paying homage to the building’s designer I.M. Pei, who died last year.
  • The five-story curtainwall will switch from the existing current chrome and glass grid to a new trapezoidal pyramid, which will add almost 3,000 square feet to the lobby.
  • The former Sky Lobby on the 60th floor will be redesigned as an exclusive “Sky Lounge” for tenants. The lounge will provide space for tenant meetings and collaboration.

Hines and Cerberus Capital Management paid an undisclosed sum to purchase 600 and 601 Travis last year in what was reported to be one of the largest property deals of 2019.

The building was valued at $473.5 million as of Jan. 1, 2020, according to Harris County Appraisal District records.

Hines continues to manage the office tower. In the lease with the unnamed financial services firm, Hines and Cerberus were represented by Michael Anderson, Diana Bridger and Margaret Elkins of Cushman & Wakefield as well as Chanse McLeod with Hunton Andrews Kurth.

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