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Yeah it definitely takes up a large volume of space, and its nice to see continuous buildings on both sides of Fannin, but it didn't look that much taller than the existing Methoist building next door. I'm not sure if they changed the plans at the last minute or I just misread them. I thought it was supposed to be a few stories shorter than the Hermann Tower. It's supposed to be 23 stories.

Here are some of the renderings again:

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Are we sure that it has topped out?

If so, it's going to look absolutely nothing like any of those renderings--not even close.

Is this not just the bottom base, upon which the triangular element will be built? It's hard for me to get perspective based upon these pictures.

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Are we sure that it has topped out?

If so, it's going to look absolutely nothing like any of those renderings--not even close.

Is this not just the bottom base, upon which the triangular element will be built? It's hard for me to get perspective based upon these pictures.

There's a ceremonial tree to signify "topping out" of the primary structure on the western corner of the current highest point. However, that's not to say more won't be added to the top of the building.

For example, Cemex's building around Memorial City was designed with a unique top, and had a tree raised to the top of the structure back in August. Over several months time, they did work on outfitting the inside and outside of the building and didn't start on completing the wavy rooftop until the end of December. They're still not finished with that, and that's a much smaller building.

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Yeah, I saw the tree too and that's why I thought it was topped out. Somebody should get a good photo of it where we can tell if they have built the angled top part or not. Somehow I think I remember seeing that part already built but don't quote me on that.

Here's a webcam view from Rice that's a bit out of date (I guess since the construction finished at Autry Court they haven't updated it) but you can see the Methodist building from the front, at least how it looked a month ago.

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Thanks Jax and Channel2 for these pictures. They are much more telling than the previous ones.

Based upon these pictures, I think we're getting the same building as in the renderings (which would be great). Everything matches up with the renderings when looking at the images from the Rice point-of-view. My guess is that they have "topped-out" and will be adding the angled top in addition to what is currently standing. When you look at what gives the rendering its angled effect, it appears to only be equivalent of roughly 2 floors. It seems reasonable that they could construct that after officially "topping-out."

I know nothing about construction, but I would guess that this will undergo a process similar to 2727 Kirby--top out the plain, flat floors and then slowly add on the design features on top as the building is being built-out.

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I wish someone would get an actual height. The med center confuses me because the official heights seem all over the place. There is no way the twin needled St Luke's Prof. Tower is just 316 feet tall!

skyscraperpage.com says the O'Quinn tower (St. Luke's) is 145m or 475ft tall with spires.

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That makes much more sense. Emporis lists it at 316 feet. That's shorter than the listed heights for some of Texas Children's buildings and anyone with vision can see that's not the case.

Actually the heights were changed around the end of last year, at least for the internal version of the site.

The heights listed run down like this, and are based on data from the original blueprints.

-476.55 Ft to the top of the spires

-367.78 Ft to the highest point on the rooftop, Just beneath the spires

-293.78 Ft to the highest occupied floor

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I noticed they built a box insider where the curved roof is going to go. I guess its most likely air conditioning and stuff like that. I think it's going so slowly because they have to built that sort of stuff before they finish off the top.

It's also supposed to have a spire/antenna of some sort right? That should be pretty cool.

I can see this building from my apartment, although it's partially blocked by some trees, so it's pretty fun watching it go up.

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I noticed they built a box insider where the curved roof is going to go. I guess its most likely air conditioning and stuff like that. I think it's going so slowly because they have to built that sort of stuff before they finish off the top.

It's also supposed to have a spire/antenna of some sort right? That should be pretty cool.

I can see this building from my apartment, although it's partially blocked by some trees, so it's pretty fun watching it go up.

Yes, I think you are right on all counts Jax.

Thanks so much for the awesome pics of this building, they look great. I too live quite nearby and watch the roof every day - maybe that's partly why I think its going slowly!

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Great pic, Photo! I take it this was taken from the new Memorial Hermann?

Also, if you haven't seen it from street level, this thing is H-U-G-E. The tower/glass portion is smaller than the overall footprint. It has ONE MASSIVE parking garage that seems to take up more than a full block. In fact, I think a street might travel under the building... at least, that's what it appeared to be last night.

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Yes, this base is massive and quite frankly, ugly as hell. Its so impersonal at street level on the main street side. Theres no retail, no windows, no doors. Just one massive white block. I was thinking, WTF were they thinking making it feel like a giant white wall plopped down on main street. Oh well.

And yes that was taken from the new tower. Ive always wanted to go up there and the top floor is just doctors offices with waiting rooms and big windows. Im pretty sure anyone can walk up there and nobodies going to ask questions because they will just assume youre a patient.

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Yeah, the garage is massive, looks like it could be 50% of the building!

The building is very interesting to see close up. Those white "stripes" in the photo about half way up the building are actually some sort of arms which are separate from the building and extend from the white part on the right over the glass. It is kind of hard to explain but it looks very cool when I ride by on the Metro Rail each morning.

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This Webcam: http://oxblue.com/pro/open/mccarthy/andersoncancercenter I circled it in red for ya.

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Thats a better view of the building! I wonder if the lighting will stay, and if it will change colors like the Memorial Hermann Building.

EDIT: Looking at the Webcam I posted, the lighting started coming on at night since May 28th and Blue seems to be the only color.

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