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The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, phase III to the Museum Fine Arts of Houston Expansion, will begin construction shortly.


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Museum of Fine Arts Houston's $450M expansion hits milestone

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A considerable part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's $450 million campus redevelopment officially broke ground on May 31.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, a 165,000-square-foot building that'll contain 54,000 square feet of gallery space, a 200-seat theater, a restaurant overlooking the campus' sculpture garden and an underground parking garage. It's the largest structure underway as part of the MFAH's 14-acre expansion to its Fayez S. Sarofim Campus.

"This is not about us today," said Rich Kinder, board chairman of the MFAH and executive chairman of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. "This is about a great project. … I'd argue it's transformational for Houston."

The building is set to deliver in late 2019 and is being built by St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Cos.

Kinder, whose foundation donated at least $50 million to the MFAH expansion, attended the building's groundbreaking ceremony alongside his wife and Kinder Foundation President Nancy Kinder, as well as Gary Tintertow, director of the MFAH; Anne Duncan, vice chairman of the MFAH and Steven Holl of New York-based Steven Holl Architects, which designed the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus master plan.

So far, $390 million of the campus' total cost of $450 million has been raised, Tintertow said at the building's groundbreaking.

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building's perimeter will be lined with six small pools. It'll be connected to the 80,000-square-foot Glassell School of Art and the Caroline Wiess Law Building via two pedestrian tunnels. The Glassell School of Art, as well as the 36,000-square-foot Brown Foundation Inc. Plaza, are currently under construction and scheduled to open in January 2018.

The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Conservation Center, a 30,000-square-foot conservation center with studios and offices, will be built on top of a MFAH parking garage and should deliver in late 2018.

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^^^ what a long awaited and brilliant project for our fair city of houston. MFAH shall become the new essential once completed....
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Push for Texas music museum in Houston revived after plans for one in Austin dashed by Legislature

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AUSTIN -- Like Willie Nelson sang in "The Party's Over," a controversial plan by state leaders to build a Texas State Music Museum in Austin had its lights turned out.

Two separate bills that would have established the new museum in the state Capitol complex, in part of a new government office building across from the Bullock State History Museum, died in the Legislature before it adjourned last Monday -- burying a plan endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott and other top officials.

It also ended, at least for now, a push by Austin officials to get bragging rights for the state music museum over Houston. In fact, the death of the legislation is re-energizing supporters of a long-planned music museum in the Bayou City to push ahead with their plans.

It's also seen as a boost by others who operate or support music museums statewide. A group of nearly 40 private music museums across Texas that protested the Austin project say the dispute has spurred them to establish a statewide network to showcase the state's colorful and rich music ways that a single museum cannot.

"This has not been a doomsday. It has been an epiphany for everyone on the value of the music business in Texas," said Stephen Williams, a founding member of the Museum of American Music History, a coalition of more than 50 organizations, private collectors and families who he said has been working for years to get the museum located in Houston.

Williams and others who operate or support the dozens of private music museums in Texas said a meeting is planned in July at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage to organize those plans. Many of them felt the push for the new Austin attraction was government overreach.
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So... why did some not want it to be built in Austin?

And yes I agree... it should be built here in Houston.
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So... why did some not want it to be built in Austin?

And yes I agree... it should be built here in Houston.
A few years back Houston was granted designation for the project but never received federal funding from the state.

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“This is about the state reneging on its promise to Houston. This is about the state competing against private museums,” MAMH founding member Stephen Williams said. “This is about Austin wanting to get something through a law that it couldn’t get through a statewide competition.”
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The Driscoll Montrose

29-story, 339' ft high-rise with approx 11,000 planned for the River Oaks Shopping Center by Weingarten and Hanover. The rendering comes from a document seeking approval of demolition for the project.

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I think I am pretty much over all of the same boxes going up in Houston. More Kirby Collection (even though it also has a boring box attached) styled development please.
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I think I am pretty much over all of the same boxes going up in Houston. More Kirby Collection (even though it also has a boring box attached) styled development please.
Not only that but the owners of RO shopping center have been whittling away at it piece by piece
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1114 Texas Avenue Downtown

Plans to turn this slim building into a 150 room Hyatt Place hotel were approved last Friday.

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I think I am pretty much over all of the same boxes going up in Houston. More Kirby Collection (even though it also has a boring box attached) styled development please.
I agree. Something different please. Something... different.
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The Driscoll Montrose

29-story, 339' ft high-rise with approx 11,000 planned for the River Oaks Shopping Center by Weingarten and Hanover. The rendering comes from a document seeking approval of demolition for the project.

Don't like this one much. I guess it is density but what's up with the parking around it?
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Just stumped upon some futuristic renderings for downtown Houston published Feb. 20, 2017. I'm pretty sure they're just concepts. Architect is MA2. http://www.arch2o.com/downtown-houston-proposal-ma2/
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Plans to turn this slim building into a 150 room Hyatt Place hotel were approved last Friday.

70-year-old office building to be transformed into Hyatt hotel

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Add another historic hotel renovation to downtown Houston's portfolio.

The 16-story office building at 1114 Texas St. will be redeveloped into a Hyatt Place hotel, Rahul Bijlani, senior vice president of CBRE Hotels, confirmed to the Houston Business Journal. Bijlani's client, Nick Patel of Pride Management Inc., owns the property and will lead the redevelopment, he said. Patel declined to comment for the story.

The 154-room hotel will open in December 2018, Bijlani said. The redevelopment will cost $14 million, according to a building permit filed with the city of Houston.

The 115,360-square-foot building at 1114 Texas was built in 1948, per public records, and was last valued at $1.9 million as of Jan. 1.
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The Driscoll Montrose

29-story, 339' ft high-rise with approx 11,000 planned for the River Oaks Shopping Center by Weingarten and Hanover. The rendering comes from a document seeking approval of demolition for the project.

Only in Houston will you see an condo tower in the middle of a suburban shopping center surrounded by parking lots.
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It definitely is strange. Since there is only a few spots of parking out front anyway, I wonder why the tower and podium parking could not be moved closer to the sidewalk and the little parking that is out front could be incorporated into the garage.
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It definitely is strange. Since there is only a few spots of parking out front anyway, I wonder why the tower and podium parking could not be moved closer to the sidewalk and the little parking that is out front could be incorporated into the garage.
It looks like they are trying to keep the new building at the same distance from the street as the existing building(s) and it looks like the first floor will have retail as well so I'm guessing to maintain a uniform look all the way around.

EDIT: and the developer, Weingarten is destroying what character that shopping center has left.
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Just stumped upon some futuristic renderings for downtown Houston published Feb. 20, 2017. I'm pretty sure they're just concepts. Architect is MA2. http://www.arch2o.com/downtown-houston-proposal-ma2/
I do believe this is just a fantasy proposal... I think half of those shots are in LA.
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