HOUSTON – The tallest office tower in Texas – a 75-story Hines building in downtown Houston – is getting a new sky lobby. The Houston office of Hines along with partner and building owner, Prime Asset Management, announced that construction has commenced on the new sky lobby design at 600 Travis (formerly JPMorgan Chase Tower).
Designed by Gensler, the two-story sky lobby will include: new museum-quality wood flooring instead of carpet; a new ceiling with more design and lighting features; added seating; and new video displays. Offering the highest public view of Houston from the sky lobby’s 60th floor, the observation area is currently closed for renovation and is scheduled to reopen in early 2014.
Developed by Hines in 1982, the 75-story tower ranks No. 13 in the listings of the tallest buildings in the nation. Designed by I.M. Pei & Partners, 600 Travis contains 1.7 million sf.
President of Prime Asset Management Rafic A. Bizri said, “600 Travis is one of the most iconic towers in downtown. We look forward to working with Gensler and Hines on this dynamic redesign, and know Hines will continue to provide best-in-class property management services to the tenants during this renovation.”
600 Travis is 91 percent leased with tenants including: Andrews Kurth; LINN Energy; Locke Lord LLP; Winstead; Breitburn Energy; Eaton; Morgan Stanley; and JPMorgan Chase.