Hoar breaks ground on CityCentre Three
By Wendy Burke
HOUSTON, TX (September 27, 2011) Since opening just a couple of years ago, CityCentre has become quite the destination, packed with apartments and condos, a hotel, a gym, a movie theatre, and office space with shops, bars and restaurants in the spaces in between. New tenants are quickly filling up the last of the vacant space. The development certainly looks complete, but Midway Companies isn’t done with CityCentre yet.
Hoar Construction broke ground on another element, a 120,000 RSF, six-story building that will house retail and Class A office space in August. The LEED Silver project will also involve construction of an additional roadway with surface parking and a courtyard that will feature fountains and landscaped seating areas.
The project site is the northern half of the grassy area between the Hotel Sorella and Beltway 8, and is just under one acre in size. It’s a very small urban site in a high-traffic area – challenging, but nothing new for Hoar. Hoar is known for their ability to work on congested and challenging sites. In fact, most of their current projects fit this profile.
The Science Teaching Lab at University of Houston sits just inches away from an existing, occupied building at one of the University’s busiest intersections. With very little staging or lay-down area, Hoar has maintained a safe jobsite and minimized disruptions to students and the University. Hoar has also completed the new Jury Assembly Facility in the heart of downtown Houston. The site takes up one city block, is 85 percent below-grade, and ties into Houston’s tunnel system. In Abilene, Texas, Hoar is expanding Hendrick Medical Center while the facility remains fully operational. At Abilene Christian University, Hoar has added onto the Student Recreation Center while it remained occupied and school was in session.
Similarly, CityCentre will remain open during the 12 months of construction and Hoar expects that those visiting CityCentre will not be inconvenienced by construction.
“We treat the site like a downtown site to minimize impact to the development,” project superintendent Lance Smith of Hoar Construction said. “An 8-foot wall separates the jobsite from the hotel and City Centre visitors.”
Anyone who’s peeked inside the construction fence has seen that Hoar has been busy with site prep, the building pad, spread footings and underground utility work, carefully avoiding the Hotel Sorella’s utilities which run underneath the northeast corner of the jobsite.
“We chose Hoar Construction because attention to detail and a thorough management process will allow CityCentre to be impacted the least during construction,” said Shon Link, Director of Development for Midway Companies.
Midway Companies’ vision for CityCentre is one of integrating work and living – a place where people live, shop, eat, work and play in the same area. CityCentre’s existing office space is now 100 percent leased, so the new office building will help fulfill that vision.
“Restaurants, fitness, retail, lofts, theatre, and residences all within walking distance of where you work create a compelling lifestyle. Businesses at CityCentre see the opportunity to enhance the culture of their company and the day-to-day lifestyle of their employees in an environment like CityCentre,” Link said. “The addition of CityCentre Three will provide additional opportunities for businesses that understand the value of establishing an exceptional quality of life for their employees.”
The building, designed by Munoz and Albin with Kirksey Architects, uses the same material palette as other CityCentre buildings, but the massing is multi-faceted. A large curtainwall mass with a terrace, recessed lower floors and offset windows are some of its unique design characteristics.
Hoar has completed several class A office buildings and tenant build-outs in Houston, including Granite Westchase II (LEED Silver) and the Petrobras America Headquarters.