Category:Skyscraper office buildings in Houston
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The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. BG Group Place – BG Group Place is a 630 ft tall skyscraper in Downtown Houston, Texas. It was completed in February 2011 and has 46 floors, when it was completed, BG Group Place became the 15th tallest building in Houston and features a skygarden on the 39th floor. It is the tallest building built in Houston in 23 years, the naming was done when BG Group Plc became an anchor tenant and leased 164, 000sq ft of space. The primary monument & all core signage for the facility was built by Ad Display Sign Systems, water that condenses in the buildings air-conditioning system is used to irrigate the plants. Glass fins that act as sunshades reduce the buildings need for air-conditioning, the 10-foot ceilings allow in more sunlight, cutting the need for electric lights. Each floor is on average 27,000 square feet and can hold up to 8 full corner offices, Basement Floor 2, Parking Basement Floor 1, Parking, access to Downtown Houston tunnel system, and a small area for retail space. 1st Floor, Lobby,1 large and 1 small retail space area, access to the Downtown Houston tunnel system will also be available via an escalator to Basement Floor 1. The 30-foot high ceilings will extend through Floor 2 and half of Floor 3
2. Calpine Center – The Calpine Center is a 453 ft tall postmodern skyscraper in Downtown Houston, Texas. The building has 33 floors of Class A office space and it is the 30th tallest building in the city. The building has the headquarters of Calpine Corporation. Hines and Prime Asset Management jointly developed the building, the Houston office of HOK designed the building, and Turner Construction acted as the general contractor. It is connected to the tunnel system. Mark Russell of Studley, a real estate firm, said that the Calpine Center is more efficient than many of the office buildings built in Houston in the early 1980s. Originally Calpine intended to lease 300,000 square feet of space, by February 2003 Calpine announced that it would sublease some of the space to other firms. The Calpine Center was scheduled for completion at the end of 2003, in July 2003 the space was 82% booked for occupation. Calpine and Burlington Resources, another company, leased space in the building. In addition Jones Day agreed to lease over 50,000 square feet, the building opened on Monday November 10,2003. Other tenants that had occupied the building by its opening included Cheniere Energy Inc. in 2004 Avalon Advisors LP agreed to lease 9,385 square feet of space in the building, bringing its occupancy level to 86%. List of tallest buildings in Houston Emporis Skyscraperpage
3. Cullen Center – For the building in Chicago, Illinois formerly named Continental Center II, see CNA Center. Cullen Center is a complex in Downtown Houston, Texas. The complex is now managed by Brookfield Properties, previously Trizec Properties owned all four office buildings. The complex includes the headquarters of the Houston Fire Department and KBR, the buildings include 1600 Smith,600 Jefferson, KBR Tower, and 500 Jefferson Street. In 1959 the family of Hugh Roy Cullen, an oil businessperson, to the surprise of everyone the family planned for the 12 acres, 5½ city block site to accommodate several sites. The first two buildings were to be a 500 room, 15-18 story hotel and a 25 story office building, next, a 40-45 story office building was to be completed. Other buildings were planned to be added at later times, work for clearing the land was scheduled to begin in December 1959. During the year, the plans also included another 25 story office building. Welton Beckett and Associates master planned the first two buildings, the 21 story, $12 million 500 Jefferson and the 12-story, $6 million Hotel America, gerald E. Veltmann, the president of Cullen Center, Inc. In other words, the building separated the pedestrian and vehicular traffic from one another. The first levels were to have open plazas, the developer planned to establish air-conditioned bridges connecting the buildings at their second levels. Continental Center II opened in 1974, the KBR Tower was built in 1973 and renovated in 1991. Continental Center I was completed in 1984, by 1987 the Canadian company Trizec Corporation bought debentures carrying an option to buy portions of the Cullen Center, including 1600 Smith Street. By 1997 Trizec had convinced several Cullen Center tenants to move to the nearby Allen Center, during that year Continental Airlines announced that it was moving its headquarters to the Cullen Center. Paul Layne, a president of the TrizecHahn Office division. Tim Reylea, the president of Cushman Realty Corp. said that the Continental move is probably the largest corporate relocation in the central business district of Houston ever. Bob Lanier, Mayor of Houston, said that he was tickled to death by the move to relocate to Downtown Houston. In 2001, when Enron collapsed, it vacated 800,000 square feet of space in the Allen Center, in 2008 Continental signed five year lease renewals for its Downtown Houston office space
4. Esperson Buildings – The Niels and Mellie Esperson Buildings are a building complex in downtown Houston, Texas. Mary Ann Azevedo of the Houston Business Journal said that they were among the most recognizable buildings in Downtown, the Niels Esperson Building is the only complete example of Italian Renaissance architecture in Downtown Houston. Designed by theater architect John Eberson, the Esperson buildings were built in 1927 and 1941, respectively. They are elaborately detailed with columns, great urns, terraces. Mellie Esperson had the first of the two buildings constructed for her husband, Niels, an estate and oil tycoon. His name is carved on the side of the building, above the entrance, the name Mellie Esperson is carved on the accompanying structure, known as the Mellie Esperson building, although that structure is only a nineteen-story annex to the original Esperson building. Sherry Thomas of USA Today said that rumors of the buildings being haunted existed, the ghost of Mellie Esperson is said to have haunted the building. In 2007 Cameron Management Inc. sold the Esperson buildings to Seligman Western Enterprises Ltd, the Bollywood film Sirf Tum had scenes filmed at the top of the Niels Esperson tower, notably for the song Dilbar. List of tallest buildings in Houston List of tallest buildings in Texas List of tallest buildings in the United States
5. Four Oaks Place – Four Oaks Place is a complex of skyscrapers in Uptown Houston, Texas, United States. Managed by Transwestern, the complex includes the 420 ft 1330 Post Oak Boulevard, the 25 story 351 ft BHP Billiton Tower, Wells Fargo Tower, the buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects. In 1993 BHP Petroleum, the US subsidiary of Broken Hill Proprietary Co. announced that its U. S. headquarters was moving from San Felipe Plaza to the Cigna Tower,200 clerical and professional employees moved into the building. In the 1990s Weatherford Enterra had its headquarters in 1360 Post Oak. By 2000 Weatherford moved to a new location in Houston, in 1999 Cushman & Wakefield, a realty firm, moved its Houston office from the Wells Fargo Tower into the America Tower in the American General Center in Neartown. By 2008 and as of 2009 Cushman & Wakefields Houston office is now in the 1330 Post Oak building, as of 2007 the owner of Four Oaks Place is considering plans to develop a fifth tower for the complex. As of Feb 22,2014 the foundation was poured for Five Oaks Place, the foundation consists of 2.5 million pounds of reinforcing steel and over 8,000 cu. yards of concrete. The BHP Billiton Tower houses BHP Billitons Houston Marketing Office, the complex has two consulates in the Wells Fargo Tower, those of Chile and Italy. In addition the Consulate-General of Germany in Houston resides in 1330 Post Oak
6. Greenway Plaza – Greenway Plaza is a master-planned mixed-use development off Interstate 69/U. S. Highway 59 in Houston, Texas, United States, five miles west of Downtown Houston, Greenway Plaza is Houstons first totally planned business-commercial-residential complex developed by Kenneth Schnitzer. Greenway Plaza is owned and operated by Cousins Properties, most buildings within the Greenway Plaza campus are interconnected by environmentally-controlled bridges, and/or tunnels and covered walkways. Civil engineer Jack Boyd Buckley also worked on the Greenway Plaza design, the complex, composed of 10 commercial buildings, has more than 4,200,000 sq ft of space. Within the complex is the Doubletree Hotel, the Houston City Club, the commercial buildings in the complex range from 11 to 31 stories. Greenway Plaza is located next to Lakewood Church and this facility was formerly called The Summit and later Compaq Center and hosted the Houston Rockets, a professional basketball team, as well as other sporting teams, concerts, and events. Privately owned residential condominiums are located near Greenway Plaza, just west of Timmons Lane. The Greenway condominiums consist of two 30-story buildings located at the southwest periphery of the development, Kenneth L. Schnitzer, the chairperson of the Century Development Corporation, envisioned Greenway Plaza, which became the first mixed-use development in Houston. Century took realtors from outlying towns around Houston and had them buy individual parcels for very inexpensive prices while trying not to attract attention, one homeowner found out about the plan and asked to have the house sold for $350,000. At the time it was a lot of money for a house that was small, the company paid the money so it could secure the tract the house sat on. The grand opening took place in 1973, Schnitzer said that Greenway Plaza would become a second downtown. In 1970 the M. W. Kellogg company had moved its headquarters from New York to Houston, after Kellogg moved its operations into Greenway Plaza, initially Kellogg occupied half of 3 Greenway Plaza and staffed the half with fewer than 600 employees. When the energy industry expanded worldwide, Kellogg occupied all of 3 Greenway Plaza, Kelloggs lease on July 1,1991 was up for renewal, if Kellogg had renewed the lease, its rent payment would have increased. Instead Kellogg decided to swap office space with its parent company, Dresser took over a part of Kelloggs lease and renamed 3 Greenway Plaza to the Dresser Tower. After the swap Dresser occupied 163,000 sq ft of space on eight floors, in exchange Kellogg took space formerly held by Dresser at the M. W. Kellogg Tower in the Cullen Center in Downtown Houston. The swap satisfied Dressers need for less space, in 2004 Crescent attempted to sell a 50% equity position in both Greenway Plaza and Houston Center. During that year, El Paso Corp. a major tenant with 912,000 sq ft in Greenway Plaza, announced that it was vacating the property and moving its personnel to its Downtown Houston headquarters. A Houston Business Journal article stated that El Paso was expected to sublease the space until 2014, in 2005 the internet service provider Internet America had offices in Greenway Plaza
7. Houston City Hall – The Houston City Hall building is the headquarters of the city of Houstons government. It was constructed in 1938-1939, and is located in Downtown Houston and it is surrounded by skyscrapers and very similar to dozens of other city halls built in the southwest United States during the same time period. It is flanked by Tranquility Park and the Houston Public Library, the simply designed structure featured many construction details that have helped to make this building an architectural classic. From 1841 to 1939, Houstons municipal government was headquartered at Old Market Square and it was destroyed by fire in the 1870s, and also in 1901, and rebuilt each time. In those days, City Hall was part of the commercial atmosphere of the Square. However, by the 1920s, the city decided the site was no longer appropriate for their needs. In 1929, the planning commission urged the establishment of a civic center around a downtown park. However, the Great Depression sidetracked the plans for the new center, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted the Works Progress Administration program, the city applied for a WPA grant to help finance the construction of a new City Hall. The grant was approved, and construction began in March 1938, Joseph Finger had designed the city hall building in a stripped classical style. He wanted to place on the front terrace statues of John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen, the statues would have cost $8,000 and the city was still suffering from the Great Depression. The Texas Star Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas discovered this fact from reading a November 1939 article of the Scripps Howard Houston Press and publicized it in 2010. The statue project was dropped by the DRT chapter and the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC, stepped in and raised the funds to have the Allen Brothers statues commissioned, the Mayor of Houston and City Controller have their offices in this building. Council Members have their offices immediately across the street at the City Hall Annex building, tuesdays at 1, 30pm, and Wednesdays at 9, 00am, Houston City Council meets in the chamber. All meetings are open to the public, beginning in October 2013,12,000 Square feet of space on the West side of the first floor was renovated for use by HTV Houston Television. The renovations were overseen by Balfour Beatty Construction and were completed on March 14,2014, the architect of the City Hall was Joseph Finger, an Austrian-born Texan architect responsible for a number of Houston-area landmarks. The design on the floor depicts the protective role of government. The building is faced with Texas Cordova limestone, and the doors to the building are of a specially cast aluminum, the lobby is walled with lightly veined marble. The gateways to the Tax Department are inlaid with bronze, nickel, the elevator lobbies are treated with marble base, walls and wainscoting
8. JPMorgan Chase Tower (Houston) – The JPMorgan Chase Tower, formerly Texas Commerce Tower, is a 305.4 m, 75-story,2,243,013 sq. ft skyscraper at 600 Travis Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. The tower was built between 1979 and 1981 as the Texas Commerce Tower and it was designed by noted architects I. M. Pei & Partners. In some early plans, the building reached up to 80 stories, however, nonetheless, when it was completed, it was the eighth tallest building in the world. The building was developed as part of a partnership between Texas Commerce Bank and Khalid bin Mahfouz and it was built on the site where the Uptown Theatre, demolished in 1965, once stood. S. Bank Tower, was built in 1990, JPMorgan Chase Tower is not currently connected to the Houston Downtown Tunnel System. This system forms a network of subterranean, climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that link twenty-five full city blocks, the Tower also includes 22,000 square feet of retail space. The sky lobby observation deck is located on the 60th floor, one can take the express elevator, providing a panoramic view of the city of Houston thanks to the use of wide glass spans and thirteen-foot ceilings. While the towers name reflects the bank JPMorgan Chase, the space designated to Chase is a single branch office on the bottom floor. The tower is owned by Prime Asset Management and managed by its original owner, police were forced to cordon off the area due to the amount of debris in the streets. At first, it was speculated that the glass came off the building due to impact from debris or due to high-speed winds in the confined spaces, however, flying glass debris must be entirely governed by drag and lift forces that overcome gravity for a considerable time period. This theory was proposed because an increase in speed produces a drop in external pressure. List of tallest buildings in Houston List of tallest buildings by U. S
9. Post Oak Central – Post Oak Central is a skyscraper complex in Uptown Houston, Texas, United States. The 17-acre Philip Johnson-designed complex includes three 24-story buildings,1 Post Oak Central,2 Post Oak Central, and 3 Post Oak Central, the complex includes 1,300,000 square feet of Class A office space and retail. The complex includes a 90, 000-square-foot retail center and parking for 4,200 cars,1 Post Oak Central opened in 1975. 2 Post Oak Central opened in 1979,3 Post Oak Central opened in 1982. In 2011 Crescent announced that it plans to build, on the 2-acre park property,1 Post Oak Central has the headquarters of the Apache Corporation in Suite 100. 2 Post Oak Central has the headquarters of the Stewart Title Guaranty Company, in addition the headquarters of the Uptown Management District are in Suite 1580. 3 Post Oak Central has the headquarters of GDF Suez Energy Resources NA, in addition it contains three consulates, those of Qatar, South Korea, and Turkey. Several Cox Radio-owned radio stations, including KKBQ, KGLK, KHPT, gymboree Play & Music has a classroom location in Suite C. From its founding on May 25,1982 to April 1988, the Consulate-General of Egypt in Houston was located in Suite 2180. As of 2008 the consulate is now at 5718 Westheimer Road, the Consulate of India was previously in Suite 600. It had been located in the 11, 353-square-foot space since the consulate opened in October 1995, on August 30,2011, the consulate moved into a new standalone facility at 4300 Scotland. The consulates are in 3 Post Oak Central
10. Wells Fargo Plaza (Houston) – The Wells Fargo Plaza, formerly the Allied Bank Plaza and First Interstate Bank Plaza, is a skyscraper located at 1000 Louisiana Street in Downtown Houston, Texas in the United States. It is the tallest building named for Wells Fargo, from street level, the building is 302.4 meters tall and contains 71 floors. It extends four more stories below street level, Wells Fargo Plaza features a wide variety of fine amenities for its tenants including The Houstonian Lite Health Club located on the 14th floor. Sky lobbies on the 34/35th and 58/59th floors are not publicly accessible and these sky lobbies are served by double-decker elevators and primarily serve as transfer floors to local elevators. It was designed by Richard Keating, FAIA while a partner of Skidmore, in 1983 the building lost a large number of windows during Hurricane Alicia. Originally named the Allied Bank Plaza, it was renamed to the First Interstate Bank Plaza in 1988, First Interstate Bancorp was then taken over in 1996 by Wells Fargo. In 1993, the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston leased 9,707 square feet in the First Interstate Plaza, in 1995 Koll Real Estate lost the management contract for the First Interstate Plaza. In 1996 NGC Corp. leased 260,000 square feet in the First Interstate Plaza, the company moved over 700 jobs from a suburban office building along U. S. Route 290 to the Wells Fargo Plaza. In 2012, the company moved out of the building as part of downsizing initiatives while undergoing bankruptcy procedures, in 2006, Targa Resources signed an 11-year lease to occupy 101,600 square feet of space in the Wells Fargo Plaza. Targa expanded from its space and began to occupy floors 43 through 46. In 2007 CB Richard Ellis became the leasing agent for Wells Fargo Plaza. As of October of that year the building was 91% leased, the leased space consists mostly of large tenants, with some mid-sized tenants occupying space. In December 2014, PwC moved into the formerly occupied by Dynegy. The Houston office of PwC is primarily located in Suite 5800, Targa Resources is located in Suite 4300. The Houstonian Lite club is located in a 12, 000-square-foot area on the 14th floor and it includes group exercise studio space, locker rooms, a private Pilates studio, and exercise equipment. The club, operated by The Redstone Cos. operators of The Houstonian Hotel, was the third Houstonian Lite club in Greater Houston and it had been under construction since December 2005. The owner of the Wells Fargo building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Metropolitan Tower Realty Company Inc. the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston is located in Suite 1900. At one point the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston was located in Suite 5300 and later Suite 2300, at one point the Consulate-General of Switzerland in Houston resided in Suite 5670, the mission, which at a later point moved to Two Allen Center, no longer exists
11. Williams Tower – The Williams Tower is a 64-story,1. 4-million-square-foot class A office tower located in the Uptown District of Houston, Texas. The building was designed by New York-based John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects, construction began in August,1981 and was completed in December,1982. The tower is among Houstons most visible buildings and is the 4th-tallest in Texas, the 31st-tallest in the United States, Real estate developers Gerald D. Hines Interests hired New York-based John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson to design the building, in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects. The building was named the Transco Tower after its first major tenant, Transco Energy Co. merged with the Williams Companies in 1995 and in 1999 the name of the building was changed to the Williams Tower. In December 2002, Ryan John Hartley climbed the tower and jumped from about halfway up, resulting in his death, the building was offered along with a parking garage, a 2. On the morning of September 13,2008, during Hurricane Ike, the high-rise suffered over $3.5 million in wind damages. Twelve of the 49 elevators were damaged, most by water due to roof failures. Hines Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. put the Williams Tower up for sale in August 2012, the building was originally named for its major tenant, Transco Energy corporation, now part of the Williams Companies, the towers current namesake. Other major tenants include Quanta Services, the Rowan Companies and Cadence Bancorp, the tower also serves as the headquarters for the Hines companies. At 64 stories and 909 feet above the level, the Williams Tower is the tallest building in Houston outside of Downtown Houston. When it was constructed in 1983, it was also the worlds tallest skyscraper outside of a central business district. The building was built to function as two towers stacked directly on top of one another, one comprising the first forty floors. The building has separate banks of elevators and lobbies for each of the two building sections, a majority of the bottom 40 floors are occupied by Williams. The remainder of the building is occupied by a variety of tenants, Williams Tower was named Skyscraper of the Century in the December 1999 issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Paul Gapp of the Chicago Tribune said that the building became an instant classic when it opened, paul Goldberger of The New York Times said that the tower gave Post Oak Boulevard a center, an anchor, which most outtowns lack. There are six elevators that take tenants to the 51st floor, there is no public observation deck. During the night-time hours, the building is defined by a 7,000 watt beacon that sweeps across the sky, topped by such a beacon, the tower hearkens back to the Palmolive Building in Chicago, Illinois. The building, along with its beacon, is a Houston landmark that identifies the Uptown Houston district, the building is connected to a 10 level,3,208 car parking garage by a sky bridge
12. Bank of America Center (Houston) – The Bank of America Center is a highrise representing one of the first significant examples of postmodern architecture construction in downtown Houston, Texas. It has three segmented tower setbacks, each with a steeply pitched gabled roofline that is topped off with spires, the tower was developed by Hines Interests and is owned by a joint venture of M-M Properties and an affiliate of the General Electric Pension Trust. The banking center is housed in a building, due to construction problems. There are 32 passenger elevators each finished with wood panels that include Birdseye Maple, Macassar Ebony, Italian Willow, Tamo, the building contains an art gallery in the lobby and plans to host curated exhibitions. At 56 stories the Bank of America Center is the 55th tallest building in the United States and is the seventh tallest building in Texas, the northeast corner of the structure houses a building within a building. On June 9,2001, the building was the site of an accident that took place during Tropical Storm Allison. Building security warned individuals that the below grade parking levels were in danger of flooding and instructed persons working late in the building to move vehicles to upper levels of the garage. Kristie Tautenhahn, an employee of the law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt and she drowned in an elevator car when it filled with water as it descended to the lower floor of the garage. Mayer Brown has its Houston office in Suite 3400