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KevinFromTexas Nov 20, 2017 2:30 PM

EL PASO | Development Thread
This building would be El Paso's 2nd tallest building. The elevations show it at 287 feet, but the mechanical penthouses seem to go up another 10 feet above that. If that's the case, then this would tie their current tallest.

I've actually been working on creating a complete list of high rises in Texas. I've got almost everything so far from West Texas. I've been using Google Earth to measure the buildings with. The accuracy seems to be decent, even matching some heights I already had even from the developers, who I suspect may be using Google Earth themselves.

Monday, November 13, 2017
26-Story Tower Proposed for Downtown El Paso

By Armando Landin

Plans are in the works to bring a 26-story, mixed-use tower to El Paso's downtown. The brand new addition to the city's skyline would include a mix of retail spaces, hotel rooms, and apartments, at the corner of Mills Avenue and Campbell Street.

An eight-level parking garage is also part of the overall structure.

According to City documents, initial plans include a total of 180 hotel rooms spread out over eight floors, while 180 apartments will occupy the top 16 floors.

Retail spots will have storefronts along the street-level ground floor, with about 35,000 square feet available among multiple spaces.

KevinFromTexas Nov 20, 2017 2:42 PM

The previous plan for this project called for a single 22-story building that was listed as 256 feet tall. Now apparently they're planning 3 buildings. Two "more slender" towers and a third 10-story hotel. Of course, the worry was this project would block the view of the mountains which rise just to east of there. I don't know how building three towers instead of one will change that.

Anyway, if they stick with the height they were talking about these would be the tallest buildings in El Paso outside of their downtown. The address is 201 Shadow Mountain Drive.

The developer's website:

West Side high-rise plan now to have 3 buildings

Elida S. Perez, El Paso Times Published 4:54 p.m. MT March 16, 2017 | Updated 8:11 p.m. MT March 16, 2017

An exclusive condominium development on the West Side boasting luxury living will create the first cluster of high-rise buildings located outside of Downtown El Paso.

The Meyers Group is developing an empty 4-acre plot of land adjacent to the 11-story Coronado Tower office building on Mesa Street and has changed its original plan to build one large 22-story high-rise into three separate buildings.

The site eventually will have two narrower 22-story condo towers and one 10-story boutique hotel, along with a variety of retail and commercial spaces.
The building in the background on the left is an existing building called the Coronado Towers. It's 140 feet with 12 floors.

KevinFromTexas Nov 20, 2017 2:49 PM

This was the previous design for the Shadow Mountain project.

22-story West Side tower plan's height an issue

Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times Published 6:22 p.m. MT April 19, 2016

City planners like plans for a proposed 22-story, luxury hotel-apartment building in West El Paso, but are recommending the tower's height be reduced.

The building would be located on a vacant, 4-acre lot at 201 Shadow Mountain Drive, sandwiched between a Chase Bank branch and a strip shopping center, and near the 11-story Coronado Tower office building on Mesa Street. Apartment and condominium buildings are across the street.

The company's plan calls for a 219-room luxury hotel, under a still to be determined hotel brand, on the building's lower levels, and 228 luxury apartments on the upper floors. The project includes a 715-car parking garage with a swimming pool deck, almost 42,000 square feet of retail space, and more than 55,000 square feet of landscaping.

KevinFromTexas Nov 20, 2017 3:04 PM

Emporis has this one listed with 14 floors.

Downtown El Paso Alive with Investment
A Comprehensive List of Downtown Projects

By Armando Landin

601 North Mesa (Hunt Tower)

El Paso-based Hunt Companies has plans to build a mid-rise tower across the street from the Artspace Lofts, according to signs at the location which formerly housed a bank and is currently a parking lot.

Hunt purchased the property at 601 North Mesa Street in 2014, which is bounded by Mesa, Missouri Avenue, Oregon Street, and Wyoming Avenue.

Few details are available on this project, which is still in the planning stages. The lone available rendering shows a glass-clad tower with nine to eleven floors. The property is located in a prominent spot adjacent to Interstate 10.

KevinFromTexas Nov 20, 2017 3:12 PM

The Marriott Courtyard downtown, listed in the link above, is under construction. It may even be finished by now. They're also building a huge medical center on the east side of El Paso near Fort Bliss for the base. It's under construction now. This thing started construction in 2013 and is behind schedule. It isn't expected to be complete until 2019.

Rendering and more details here:

Fort Bliss hospital behind schedule, $22M over budget

Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times Published 6:55 p.m. MT Oct. 21, 2016

Construction of the massive, new William Beaumont Army Medical Center complex at Fort Bliss is almost two years behind schedule and at least $22 million over the original contract award.

The $648 million contracted construction cost of the six-building hospital complex has swelled to about $670 million, and will likely grow, Brad Hartell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' construction manager for the project, said during a recent tour of the construction site.

The 1.1-million-square-foot medical complex, located on 270 acres of Fort Bliss land at Spur 601 and Loop 375 in East El Paso, was slated to open in 2017. But delays have pushed the move-in date to July 2019.

ealba Nov 20, 2017 6:13 PM

Gorgeous buildings. Look forward to reading more about these El Paso construction projects as they get underway.

IMBY Nov 21, 2017 7:51 AM

Thanks so much for the updates from El Paso! I love all the design work and I hope it all gets built!

Urbannizer Dec 12, 2017 2:00 AM

El Paso Children’s Museum reveals finalist designs, now up for a public vote


Renderings for the final three designs for the new El Paso Children’s Museum have been revealed, and residents of El Paso, Texas, can vote on their favorite until Friday, December 15th. All of the options, which include designs by Santa Monica-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Oslo-based Snøhetta, and Mexico-city based TEN Arquitectos, are designed around a master plan with specific installation requirements.

The $30 million Children’s Museum, officially named Spark, is the result of a $473.2 million “Quality of Life” bond program that began in 2012. Because Spark is meant to educate people of all ages, the master plan by Gyroscope Inc., a museum design firm, have included nine themed interactive zones, maker spaces, art studios, classrooms and rotating exhibition space. Those themed zones include everything from a climbing-centric room that draws inspiration from the nearby Franklin Mountains, to a rooftop water engineering center in the shadow of a full-scale model airplane.


The El Paso Community Foundation and other philanthropic groups involved with the museum expect to break ground in early 2018, and complete construction in the fall of 2020.
Koning Eizenberg Architecture - Santa Monica, Ca (All images are courtesy of the El Paso Community Foundation)

Snohetta - Oslo, Norway & NYC

TEN Arquitectos - Mexico City & NYC

clubtokyo Dec 12, 2017 2:07 AM

Nice updates!

drummer Dec 12, 2017 3:03 AM

That's awesome!

mSeattle Dec 12, 2017 5:02 AM

Wow, awesome designs, especially the ones from Snohetta and TEN.

JoninATX Mar 16, 2018 6:37 PM

Microsoft aims to stimulate El Paso’s economic growth through TechSpark program



By Jesse Martinez
March 16th. 2018

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
Microsoft has announced that El Paso was selected to take part in its new TechSpark program.

TechSpark is a civic program designed to foster economic opportunity and job creation in six communities across the United States, a representative from Microsoft said.

According to Microsoft, the program will allow the company to work with local partners on five programs to help accelerate economic growth through regional internet connectivity, digital skills development, career skills development, nonprofit support and digital business transformation.

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith will be in El Paso on Monday to speak at UTEP about artificial intelligence, jobs, digital skills and the new economy.

The Best Forumer Mar 27, 2018 9:36 PM


Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas (Post 7991720)

Why do they want to reduce the hite?

The Best Forumer Apr 10, 2018 1:29 PM

so when is the museum to start?

Urbannizer May 14, 2018 3:27 PM

It's now 18-stories


It will be the first office tower built in Downtown El Paso in more than 40 years. And now, it will also be one of the tallest.

The long-anticipated plan has gotten a big upgrade. City documents show the building will be 18 stories – not nine stories or 14 stories as originally imagined. And the investment has grown from $70 million to $85 million.
“It’s thrilling to be honest with you,” said Downtown real estate broker David Etzold.

The tower is scheduled to open around Fall 2020, Hunt Companies executive chairman Woody Hunt told El Paso Inc. in February.

Docta_Love May 15, 2018 2:11 AM


Dariusb May 17, 2018 12:53 AM

Wow, some awesome projects in the pipeline!

Urbannizer May 17, 2018 1:31 AM

EPCC breaks ground on campus expansion


El Paso Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony May 4 to celebrate the start of work on the Rio Grande campus expansion.

The expansion of the campus includes new classrooms for the college’s health care programs.

As part of its $255-million campus transformation plan, EPCC is adding six buildings on its five campuses to address overcrowding and upgrade its campuses.

The Best Forumer May 23, 2018 3:07 PM

nice updates.

KevinFromTexas Jun 21, 2018 6:06 PM


Originally Posted by Urbannizer (Post 8187287)

Groundbreaking on Wednesday, and this says it's going to be 306 feet tall - making it the tallest in downtown El Paso. This is El Paso's first building over 300 feet.

Hunt, WestStar break ground on 18-story Downtown tower

By Megan Martinez / El Paso Inc. Jun 20, 2018 Updated 3 hrs ago

El Paso-based Hunt Companies and WestStar Bank broke ground on their planned 18-story tower Wednesday.

The office building, called WestStar Tower at Hunt Plaza, will be the tallest building in El Paso at 306 feet and the first of its kind built in Downtown El Paso in nearly 40 years. It is expected to open in summer 2020 at 601 N. Mesa.

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