Construction of ‘iconic’ Houston skyscraper to start imminently
Work is to begin on a new skyscraper in Houston, Texas – and hopes are that it will become a new local landmark, culturemap.com reports.
The 47-storey tower, as yet unnamed, will be located at 609 Main on the corner of Main and Texas Streets. Primarily an office block, the building will have direct access to the Main Street rail line, making it convenient for commuters.
Tower will earn Gold or Platinum LEED certification
At 1.5 million square feet in total, work is due to commence on 1 November. This will start with the demolition of an existing building on the site, followed by laying the foundations in March next year. Real estate firm, Hines, hopes that the skyscraper will be open for business within three years.
The project is being developed by Hines CalPERS green development fund which has built dozens of sustainable buildings across the USA. This tower is already Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) -registered and Hines claims it will earn Gold or Platinum certification when finished.
It will contain parking for 1,500 cars, private terraces, a conference centre, hotel-style lobby, networking spaces and fitness centre – plus that all-important café.
Skyscraper to feature a ‘dramatic diagonal crown’
Described by Hines already as an ‘iconic local landmark’ (via chron.com), the skyscraper will feature a highly-visible ‘dramatic diagonal crown’. The real estate firm added that the exterior will be clad in glass with steel accents and LED lighting would be used to ‘accentuate 609 Main’s presence on the night-time skyline’.
Author: Elizabeth Smythe Date Written: 29 October 2013