HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – The new 47-story Texas Tower office project has been awarded WiredScore’s Certified Platinum designation recognizing its advanced internet connectivity.
The Texas Tower, a Hines and Ivanhoe Cambridge development under construction on Texas Avenue in downtown Houston, will be the first ground-up building in Houston to have the Platinum certification.
A secure, reliable and fast internet connection is one of the top factors sought after by tenants — as well as a crucial pillar in the tenant experience. Texas Tower will have the capacity to accommodate any tenant connectivity requests, as well as offer maximum redundancy to decrease the chance of downtime and have multiple internet service options for primary and back-up connections, Hines said.
“Texas Tower delivers on an entirely different level with environments that work as hard—and as smart—as its tenants. The building is designed for robust IT connectivity and redundancy as well as readiness to improve as technology evolves. We believe this differentiates us from other offerings,” said Hines Senior Managing Director John Mooz.
Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, Texas Tower will aim to reduce energy consumption without compromising tenant comfort, to achieve the highest sustainability, connectivity and wellness standards — LEED Platinum, WiredScore Platinum and WELL v2 Building Standards, respectively. Construction of Texas Tower kicked off in July of 2018.
Already 33 percent leased, with Vinson & Elkins as a major tenant, the building is scheduled to open in late 2021.
Michael Anderson of Colvill Office Properties is leasing the building, which is being constructed on the site of the Houston Chronicle building, 801 Texas Avenue.
The site, known as Block 58, is bounded by Texas Avenue, Travis, Milam and Prairie.
A Hines group bought the Block 58 site – with an additional half-block used as the Chronicle garage – in October 2015 for $54 million from Hearst Newspapers. The newspaper left downtown and moved to Southwest Freeway at Loop 610, a building that formerly housed the Houston Post.
Hines, a real estate development firm founded in Houston in 1957, will move its own headquarters into the new building, leaving the Williams Tower (formerly Transco) next to the Galleria to occupy 155,000 SF in the Texas Tower.
Sept. 25, 2019 Realty News Report Copyright 2019
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