Construction has started on a 47-storey, one-million-square-foot (93,000 m2) office building that will be an integral part of Houston’s architectural skyline. Located at 800 Texas Avenue in the quadrangle bordered by Milam, Prairie and Travis streets, the building will offer a radical innovative approach to lobby and common-area design and activation. Through its market-leading suite of amenities, this project is designed to support employee recruitment, retention, engagement and collaboration. Designed by architects at Pelli Clarke Pelli, the project will be built to the highest industry standards, targeting LEED® Platinum and WELL Building StandardTM certifications.
The project features unprecedented amenities in the vertically integrated campus, including: a dramatic lobby with cues from the hospitality sector; multiple food and beverage offerings; abundant spaces for networking; a full-service conference facility; public gardens on level 12; and a high-performance fitness center.
Ten-foot, full-height windows will allow for an abundance of natural light across the 30,000-square-foot floor plates and a sophisticated underfloor HVAC system will put comfort choices in the hands of occupants. Protruding, cantilevered bays on each face of the floorplate project away from the building providing opportunities for dramatic internal stairs, atriums and communal spaces, as well as potential access to fresh air and outdoor green space.The tower will be placed diagonally on the site resulting in unique, more interesting view angles and a powerful civic presence, punctuated by an elliptical “City Room” at the corner of Texas and Milam. The unique site is at the confluence of the CBD, the Theatre District and the Historic District — Houston’s ‘main and main’ location for a lively place to live, work and play.
The project's — the most desirable in Downtown — leverages the myriad of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, as well as an exploding residential population. Parking for more than 1,500 cars will be provided in an internal 11-level garage. Tenants and visitors will enjoy a variety of transportation options outside of its advantageous vehicular access, connectivity to Houston’s tunnel system and mass transit.
Leasing activity for the project is well underway with the signing of two anchor tenants. Vinson & Elkins, the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Houston, has signed a 16-year lease for 212,000 square feet. The prestigious firm will occupy the top seven floors. Hines will also relocate its global headquarters to the new building, signing a 15-year lease for approximately 155,000 square feet covering five floors. The building will open in late 2021.
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