New Houston Office Building Will Be a Model of Sustainable Design

Houston SkylineThe 47-story office building that will occupy the former site of the Houston Chronicle will be more than just an attractive new addition to the city’s skyline; it will also be one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable buildings in the nation. Earlier this month, the developers of Texas Tower announced that the building has received Platinum pre-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.

This constitutes the highest available rating for energy efficiency and sustainable design.

“Texas Tower will be an excellent example of how we can achieve a sustainable, high-performance building that, as a result, operates at a lower comparative cost over time, benefiting tenants, owners and the environment alike,” said Clayton Ulrich,  Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations at Hines.

The one-million-square foot tower on the 800 block of Texas Avenue will be equipped with a variety of innovative features designed to minimize the structure’s carbon footprint over time. These include a rainwater and condensate recovery system, LED light fixtures with daylight control systems, reflective roofing materials, high-efficiency chillers and electric-vehicle charging stations for the building’s occupants. Texas Tower will also include flexible, customizable workspaces to optimize the building’s floorplan.

Perhaps the most striking thing about Texas Tower, however, will be its appearance from street level. The tower will be oriented diagonally on its site, offering stunning views of its glass façade to passersby from all sides. With 33 percent of the building already leased to its future tenants, Texas Tower is currently slated to open in late 2021.