Wednesday, January 13, 2010

TweetEcho: January 4-10, 2010

For those of you who don't subscribe to our Twitter feed, here are the items we tweeted in the last week or so:

  1. Site of planned Allen Plaza tower may be foreclosed by bank:
  2. Skyscraper Update: Heron Tower Becomes Tallest In London
  3. Texas' Tallest Building Goes Green
  5. Architecture critic's first-hand review of Dubai -- not pretty -- makes an ugly comparison to Houston:
  7. Video: The restoration of New York's Beacon Theater:
  8. Video: The restoration of New York's Beacon Theater:
  9. Video: The restoration of New York's Beacon Theater:
  10. Video: The restoration of New York's Beacon Theater:
  11. Video: The restoration of New York's Beacon Theater:
  12. Burj Dubai gets renamed Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed and has an official height of 2,717 feet:

Friday, January 8, 2010

Texas' Tallest Building Goes Green

The tallest building in Texas is now a green building.

Hines put out a news release this week stating that its JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston is now LEED Gold certified.

If you haven't been to the JPMorgan Chase Tower, it's a nice building.  Visually, it's not all that compelling, but it does have a free observation level, which is becoming more and more rare these days.

Read the news release after the photograph from Houston Architecture:

Tallest Building in Texas Goes Green

(HOUSTON) – The Houston office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that JPMorgan Chase Tower has received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Existing Buildings Rating System.
Chase Tower is a 1.6 million-square-foot, 75-story office building that was designed by I.M. Pei & Partners and was developed by Hines in 1982.  It remains the tallest building in Texas.
With a current ENERGY STAR rating of 91, the building is 46 percent more energy efficient and annually saves $1.48 per square foot in energy costs when compared to the national average office building.  This translates into estimated greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 3,670 cars from the road.
Green features and programs include: reduction of indoor potable water use through low-flow fixtures; reclamation of non-potable water for irrigation; the use of energy efficient lighting with reduced mercury content; environmentally sensitive cleaning products; a comprehensive recycling and waste diversion program; green build-out guidelines for tenants; and the implementation of a comprehensive and ongoing retro-commissioning program, among other things.
Hines Senior Vice President John Mooz said, “JPMorgan Chase Tower represents Hines’ ninth LEED certification in Houston.  We are hearing a clear message from major tenants that LEED is a significant decision point in leasing.”
Hines worked closely with Kirksey’s EcoServices group, which played an instrumental role in managing the administrative aspects of the LEED certification process.
JPMorgan Chase Tower is 92 percent leased to a number of world-class companies, including: Andrews Kurth LLP; Cooper Industries; JPMorgan Chase & Co; LINN Energy; Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP; Morgan Stanley; Sanders Morris Harris Group; and Winstead PC, among others.  The property is owned by Texas Tower Limited and managed and leased by Hines.
 Globally Hines is responsible for 145 projects, representing more than 89 million square feet that have been certified, pre-certified or registered under the various LEED rating systems.  Hines was a founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council, and is active in the BRE Environmental Assessment Method program in the United Kingdom and the Haute Qualité Environnementale program in France.
In 2009 Hines was recognized by the EPA, for the second time, with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award; Hines has 138 buildings, representing approximately 77 million square feet that have earned the ENERGY STAR label.  Twelve Hines development or redevelopment projects, representing more than six million square feet, have been designated as Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,111 properties representing more than 449 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.  Hines has offices in more than 100 cities in 17 countries and controls assets valued at approximately $22.9 billion.  Visit for more information.  To learn more about sustainability at Hines, visit

Thursday, January 7, 2010

TweetEcho: December 17, 2009-January 3, 2010

For those of you who don't subscribe to our Twitter feed, here are the items we tweeted in the last week or so:

  1. The Burj Dubai and LA architecture's vacant stare:
  2. 18-story Main & Gervais office tower set to open in Columbia, SC
  3. New building added: LIM College - The Townhouse, New York :
  4. Building added: New York Police Department 121st Precinct Station House:
  5. New building added: Vdara Hotel and Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada :
  6. Slice of Life: Three Starbucks on Four Corners
  7. Fashion School Tries On A New Home In An Old Manhattan Building
  8. New building added: 2014 Winter Olympics Main Stadium, Sochi, Russia:
  9. Updated: Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul : Asker Ocağı Caddesi 1, Istanbul:
  10. Updated: Tokyo Sky Tree:
  13. New building added: The Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan:
  14. Latest Expansion on Michigan's "Medical Mile" Complete
  19. In a Seattle tower, the view is just as stunning inside
  20. Ever wonder what Facebook's headquarters looks like? Well, here ya' go!
  22. Video of New York's new Subway in the sky:
  23. Seven steps for 'saving' Pioneer Square
  24. The Burj Dubai's final hight is still officially a secret:
  25. My kind of town: New flight sim pack brings back Meigs Field, adds the Chicago Spire:
  26. Sanders Ackerberg, architect of many talents |
  27. Nordstrom's big lease will aid art museum
  28. Nordstrom shows once again why headquarters and civic stewards matter:
  29. A review of a movie about an architecture photographer:
  30. Tall stories by London's tower builders | News
  32. Dubai may ban video game set in a post-apocalyptic Dubai:
  33. Does #LA have the world's shiniest #skyscraper?:
  34. A look at #Chinatown in #Singapore
  35. The Many Faces of Thom Mayne's 41 Cooper Square in New York:
  36. Added 30 new free computer desktop wallpapers of#Vancouver
  37. Midwest Guest shows us Chicago's Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows:
  38. A Frank Ghery building that's actually SUPPOSED to look like a wreck:
  39. The Tops photo gallery has been updated. Check out some of the best architecture photography on the web:
  40. We've added another 94 fantastic pictures of #Vancouver and its skylines to the royalty-free stock photo collection:
  41. Added 94 new photos of #Vancouver and its skylines to the Global Architecture pool on Flickr:
  42. I have no idea what this says. Anyone in #Seoul or elsewhere who can read Korean care to translate?
  47. Slice of Life: Hanging Out the Laundry in #Italy:
  49. Skyline: #Minneapolis #Minnesota
  52. The guy who designs the Apple Stores has been honored by the American Institute of Architects:
  53. Cranky Canuck Frank Gehry drops the F-bomb and takes swipes at other starchitects: