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The Hines development firm is starting construction on its newest downtown tower, a 47-story skyscraper on Texas Avenue that the company says represents a revolutionary shift in the way it approaches office building design.

The Houston-based developer, which will move its own global headquarters to the building after more than 45 years in the Galleria area, said the design is laser focused on the needs of modern office tenants and their desire to attract the best workers in their fields, many of whom fall into the under-40 demographic.

“It’s every firm — energy, finance, legal, accounting — anyone trying to recruit and retain is a candidate for this building,” said John Mooz, senior managing director for Hines’ southwest region.

In addition to the Hines lease, Vinson & Elkins, the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Houston, will occupy the top seven floors. The firm signed a 16-year lease for 212,000 square feet of space.

Visually, the 1 million-square-foot tower will be a striking addition to the skyline by rising diagonally from the 800 block of Texas Avenue. Linear “sky atriums” will run vertically along the tower, a design element that aims to bring a feeling of the outdoors inside.

The building will combine the best elements of Hines’ other projects, the company said, including under-floor air systems, an abundance of natural light, active gathering areas and outdoor spaces.

“It’s intended to capture many of our best practices from around the world,” Mooz said.

The yet-to-be-named building project is a partnership between Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge, a Canadian development and investment firm.

Architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli designed the signature tower to the highest standards that Hines has ever built in Houston, the developer said. The two firms have collaborated on buildings in other major cities and were responsible for the recently opened, instantly iconic Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

The building will open in late 2021 as Hines’ 12th ground-up office tower downtown. Its most recent office projects there were 811 Main and 609 Main and the company recently developed a residential tower as well.

Hines had long coveted the Chronicle property, which it purchased in 2015 after the newspaper and media group announced that it would move to a building on the Southwest Freeway.

“We have had our eye on that site for well over 20 years,” Mooz said. “When the site became available we aggressively pursued the opportunity because of its location.”

Hines also owns the former Chronicle parking garage just northwest of its office block. It plans to build a second downtown residential project there, but a timeline has not been set.






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Does anyone know if Houston offers public access to building permits and such online? I've really been wanting to follow Houston's development more closely and hopefully even come up with some building elevations to find building heights with.
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I wonder why Houston seems to build a lot more office towers than Dallas.

I like this a lot. I would have preferred a greenspace with a waterfall in the street-level area where that glass-enclosed cylinder is though.
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What is the height? The official height; not speculation.
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What is the height? The official height; not speculation.
The numbers are estimated because there's no word yet on official height. 609 Main is 752' and it appears taller than that so I'd expect it to come in around 800'.

This rendering shows one of the atrium levels coming in at the height of 609 Main's crown.

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This is a rendering with both the office tower & the residential tower, c/o Realty News Report. Not sure if the residential tower design is final or a placeholder though...

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Really nice!

What are the cross-streets for the residential tower?
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What are the cross-streets for the residential tower?
Preston/Milam/Prairie, it will only take up half the block.

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Preston/Milam/Prairie, it will only take up half the block.

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Gorgeous! I hope this happens. I predict a roof height of 702 feet.
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I wonder why Houston seems to build a lot more office towers than Dallas.
I've often wondered this myself. At this time, the construction crane density appears higher in Dallas than Houston. One thing that strikes me about Dallas skyscrapers compared to Houston skyscrapers is that the Dallas ones tend to have shorter floors. In other words, a Dallas skyscraper tends to have more floors than a Houston skyscraper of the same height. I've often wondered why.
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Gorgeous! I hope this happens. I predict a roof height of 702 feet.
You don't have to hope, this is getting built. They've inked up 377k of the 1 million sqft of the buildings space, a lot of that space to the developer Hines for their future HQ that they're moving from Uptown. Also, the work is now underway on the lot for this building. There's no hoping, this one is as done deal as it gets. Financing, tenants, design, permits, etc are all done.

Same for the resi tower across the street also by Hines.
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That's a great photo. Will this tower rise on the parking lot in the middle?
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Thanks. Houston is looking good!
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