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The mat pour was incredible last night. Absolutely mesmerizing!

MEDIA ALERT/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

For Fri., March 16 and Sat., March 17

CONTACT: Deborah Hartman

713-626-1529

deborahhartman@houston.rr.com

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Jennifer Massey

The Finger Companies

713-867-7009; ext. 192

jmassey@fingercompanies.com

OVERNIGHT FOUNDATION POUR FOR DOWNTOWN LUXURY APARTMENT TOWER

Downtown Houston gets new "welcome mat" in 15-hour "Mat Pour" for first high-rise apartment building in 40 years

WHAT: Giant floodlights will guide the150 concrete trucks as they perform a tightly choreographed, rotating chorus line to off-load 7,600 cubic yards of concrete over a 15-hour period, to form the 8'6", 27,000-square- foot mat foundation for One Park Place, downtown Houston's first luxury high-rise apartment building in more than 40 years; and the first residential development contiguous to Houston's new downtown park, Discovery Green.

A "mat pour" is the term for creating the mat foundation for a high-rise building.

WHO: The Finger Companies

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The mat pour was incredible last night. Absolutely mesmerizing!

MEDIA ALERT/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

For Fri., March 16 and Sat., March 17

CONTACT: Deborah Hartman

713-626-1529

deborahhartman@houston.rr.com

Or

Jennifer Massey

The Finger Companies

713-867-7009; ext. 192

jmassey@fingercompanies.com

OVERNIGHT FOUNDATION POUR FOR DOWNTOWN LUXURY APARTMENT TOWER

Downtown Houston gets new "welcome mat" in 15-hour "Mat Pour" for first high-rise apartment building in 40 years

WHAT: Giant floodlights will guide the150 concrete trucks as they perform a tightly choreographed, rotating chorus line to off-load 7,600 cubic yards of concrete over a 15-hour period, to form the 8'6", 27,000-square- foot mat foundation for One Park Place, downtown Houston's first luxury high-rise apartment building in more than 40 years; and the first residential development contiguous to Houston's new downtown park, Discovery Green.

A "mat pour" is the term for creating the mat foundation for a high-rise building.

WHO: The Finger Companies

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Downtown . . . . . up & coming. Yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,dat's us

OK... have to clean out pool, get the frickin' pollen out and get right chemical balance .... but will enjoy over the 6 mos. summer we have. However. always things to do. :wacko:

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Below is from an email. The floor plans look great!

We are excited to announce that construction has begun on One Park Place!

In addition to this we are pleased to also tell you that we have now added

floor plans and an updated list of amenities to our website at www.oneparkplacehouston.com

We are now excepting deposits and leases for move-ins beginning February 2009.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

One Park Place

1400 McKinney Street

Houston, Texas 77010

713-868-5933

www.oneparkplacehouston.com

www.fingercompanies.com

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"New residential high rise to change downtown skyline"

http://www.khou.com/news/local/houstonmetr...m.1c5193c5.html

Talks about the future of Downtown's skyline, including One Park Place.

I do like the name. NY yes.......and definately Monopoly-like :lol: BUT, i see somehow, someway "they" managed to get a Shamrock look-a-like as the tower design. It is going to be stately, yes. But, IMO, just a resurrected version of the dead Shamrock.

Tell me what you all think about the design.

m.

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It looks like ugly infill... The Balconies are a joke for such a highrise, considering its neighbors. I don't mind the frame, but I guess it looks like what they're going for, since it looks like just another apartment building in New York.

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It looks like ugly infill... The Balconies are a joke for such a highrise, considering its neighbors. I don't mind the frame, but I guess it looks like what they're going for, since it looks like just another apartment building in New York.

Agreed, and the worst thing is that it'll be so prominent on the skyline. A big fake building sticking out like a sore thumb.

...but like I've said previously, Finger knows who he's selling to. He'll do well (at least, he'll do as well as he can in those price points).

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Egads. Somebody at the Finger Companies needs to hire a proof reader/editor.

This seems to be more the norm than the exception. It boggles my mind that developers pour millions into projects, yet cannot find funds to hire a high school graduate to proofread their copy.

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It looks like ugly infill... The Balconies are a joke for such a highrise, considering its neighbors. I don't mind the frame, but I guess it looks like what they're going for, since it looks like just another apartment building in New York.

What is wrong with the balconies?

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This seems to be more the norm than the exception. It boggles my mind that developers pour millions into projects, yet cannot find funds to hire a high school graduate to proofread their copy.

Lighten up just a bit... It was just an email.

What is wrong with the balconies?

I agree. The balconies are one of the building's and the apartments' best features.

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The balconies are one of the building's and the apartments' best features.

From a market perspective, the balconies are a necessary component. But aesthetically, they detract from the facade of the building...although I admit that they could have been done much worse than they are. I much prefer Mosaic's approach to balconies, though.

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One Park Tower ... nothing really to say other than it is a cool project that will happen downtown. Umm.. balconies, etc., please... let's be thankful we are getting another highrise downtown. Maybe I'll sell my home (NOT) and move down there. But at any rate, isn't this a great project for downtown? I think so.

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They were putting up the crane for one Park place, and they were doing some serious lifting on top of one of the buildings.

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One of the closures: They were putting transformers on top of 2 Shell. Crane was on the ground around 6pm Sat night, taking it down.

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This seems to be more the norm than the exception. It boggles my mind that developers pour millions into projects, yet cannot find funds to hire a high school graduate to proofread their copy.

In their defense, I was sent a correction email--shortly after posting it here, I might add. Are we being watched? :ph34r:

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For the residents that can afford these prices they are going to want balconies to view the new Discovery Green park with. Houston House, 2016 Main and Museum Tower have balconies and I don't think they detract from the overall design.

Amen, I am considering a lease. If I move in, I want to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the City fly by.

I think the design is appropriate. Someone used the adjective "stately". I would agree. As a residential building I prefer clean lines, understated elegance and symmetry.

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Maybe we can put your spy camera to work on the twin projects on Kirby (Kirby @ Westheimer, 2727 Kirby).

Yeah, at least we know this one is on its way.

About the balconies - I lived at the Houston House in 1983. I loved the balconies. Great getting out there in the afternoons, whenever. Lots of times I'd leave the sliding glass doors open and you wouldn't believe it, but at 23 floors, no mosquitoes. To me a balcony is about highrise living.

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Yeah, at least we know this one is on its way.

About the balconies - I lived at the Houston House in 1983. I loved the balconies. Great getting out there in the afternoons, whenever. Lots of times I'd leave the sliding glass doors open and you wouldn't believe it, but at 23 floors, no mosquitoes. To me a balcony is about highrise living.

And very decent breezes even in the summer. Helps with the potentially enormous electric bill.

:D m.

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Heard an interesting story this weekend from a friend that works for the firm doing the Park Tower.

He said that the original design was quite different - lots of glass on the exterior, much less brick, overall looked much more modern and less like NYC classical residential.

They were actually about 25% the way into the construction documents when Mr Fingers himself decided he hated it and wanted pretty much a complete do-over on the exterior. Where he was during design development, why his people below him were okay'ing this more modern design and why he changed his mind so late in the process, I don't know.

Just goes to show, you can have a great firm that does great work.. but ultimately, they're at the mercy of the guy paying the bills.

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I'm more curious about this conversation on this. I know you can't give too much away, but what was the initial reaction from the staff, and did you happen to bring up the general consensus on this forum about the appearance?

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I'm more curious about this conversation on this. I know you can't give too much away, but what was the initial reaction from the staff, and did you happen to bring up the general consensus on this forum about the appearance?

No firm is going to like such drastic changes the later in the process that it gets.

From the final product standpoint..there was dissapointment, but it was tempered.. He agreed with me in that, it's okay, and probably would end up looking quite nice next to the park, but.. for him, and I assume the others there on the design team.. they're always going to know what could have been there in it's place.

But this is how it works. Clients are a necessary evil. Not just in architecture. Those knowledgeable in their craft or field always having to surrender final decisions to the clients that pay them.

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That is rather true, but to be honest, I'm not thrilled with just a typical "Glass tower", unless it's something so out there that it will be recognized around the world.

The reason why I'm not overly fond of glass towers (even though quite a few of them can be incredibly beautiful) is because of the reflections and city heating. But that's just me.

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Heard an interesting story this weekend from a friend that works for the firm doing the Park Tower.

He said that the original design was quite different - lots of glass on the exterior, much less brick, overall looked much more modern and less like NYC classical residential.

They were actually about 25% the way into the construction documents when Mr Fingers himself decided he hated it and wanted pretty much a complete do-over on the exterior. Where he was during design development, why his people below him were okay'ing this more modern design and why he changed his mind so late in the process, I don't know.

Just goes to show, you can have a great firm that does great work.. but ultimately, they're at the mercy of the guy paying the bills.

Is this about the Finger tower above the park, or Discovery Tower? Do we have a rendering for the DT yet? I haven't seen it.

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Oops.. i posted in the wrong thread.. this is the Fingers Park tower.. not the discvery tower.

Marvy changed the design to a NYC theme to accomodate the kind of tenants that are disproportionately attracted to highrise living. It was a business decision, pure and simple.

Btw, can we get a moderator to fix this?

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