The following list provide details on all of the construction projects that have taken place in Downtown Houston since 1995.
It includes both private and public sector projects and cost estimates. The data is from HoustonDowntown and does not include interior renovations unless the entire building, including its exterior, is part of the project scope.
Buffalo Bayou: Allen’s Landing Phase II
1001 Commerce. Continued renovation of Houston’s first port at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous. New features include a promenade, terraced lawn, public art, benches and bike racks. Developer: City of Houston and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. $1.8 million.
Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral
Jefferson, Fannin, St. Joseph Parkway and San Jacinto Street. Catholic Church to build cathedral on full city block. Romanesque style building with 12-story bell tower. Sanctuary will seat 1,820. Developer: Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Completion: September 2007. $40 million.
Buffalo Bayou: Sunset Coffee Building
In Design. Developer: Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Cost unavailable.
Harris County Central Processing Facility
700 N. San Jacinto, 203,000-square-foot facility. Completion: late 2008. $42.7 million.
Incarnate Word Academy
Capital campaign is underway for the construction of a Fine Arts Center and the renovation of the existing building. The new Fine Arts Center will be located at the corner of Capitol and Crawford, and will feature a 400-seat multi-purpose auditorium, lobby area, dressing and storage areas, and state-of-the-art theatre production equipment. Construction began January 2006. Completion estimate: December 2006. Estimated cost: $8.5 million.
Main at Walker Garage
11-story, 925-car parking structure at the corner of Main and Walker. The garage will be used to supplement parking for tenants in Pennzoil Place at 711 Louisiana which is less than two blocks away. The garage will have 8,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level on the Main Street side and connected to the downtown tunnel system. Sunbelt Management owns the property and Hines will develop and manage the structure. Estimated cost: $20 million.
This new highly active urban park is being developed on 11.78 acres in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Announced: October 2004. Construction begins: fall 2006. Completion: late fall 2007 to early 2008. Estimated cost: $93 million ($41 from the donation of land by the city; $40+ million raised by the Houston Downtown Park Conservancy).
Houston Pavilions, an urban entertainment and retail hub, is bounded by Dallas St. to the north, Polk St. to the south, Main St. to the west and Caroline St. to the east. The development encompass almost 700,000 square feet on three city blocks. Approximately 200,000 sf of loft office space will also be available. House of Blues has been announced as the project’s first major tenant along with Lucky Strike, Lawry’s, the Prime Rib, McCormick & Schmick’s, Yao’s Restaurant and Lounge and others. Completion: October 2008. Estimated cost: $200 million.
U of H-Downtown Academic Building and Parking Garage
Located on the Shea Street parking lot located on the NE corner of Shea and N. Main St. 128,200 square foot building and a 500-space parking structure. Completion: June 2007. $30 million.
One Park Place
Houston’s first, new downtown high-rise luxury apartment residences in over 40 years, is centered on the west side of the future Discovery Green Park (under construction), and is bounded by La Branch, Lamar, Austin and McKinney Streets. The 37-story property is being developed by Houston-based developer Marvy Finger. With 346 units, there will be 28 typical residential levels with penthouses on the upper level. Levels 2 through 7 will be used for parking and over 20,000 sf of retail space will be on the pedestrian level. Construction: February 2007 with occupancy scheduled for February 2009. Approx. $100 million
Christ Church Cathedral Expansion
Expansion to include: issues of accessibility; the John S. Dunn Outreach Center; a 350 space parking garage, a new diocesan center to house the Bishop and staff; renovation of the Latham and Hines buildings; a new three-story building for the youth program and some Cathedral offices and a generous green space on 1117 Texas Avenue. Construction: June 12, 2005. Completion: approx. September 2006. Design Architect: Larry Speck. $22 million.
Bayou Place Expansion, Phase II
Texas Avenue at Bagby. Offices with parking on the ground level. Developer: The Cordish Company. Cost unavailable.
Harris County Civil Justice Center
New civil courts building at Caroline at Franklin. Developer: Harris County. $119 million.
The Cotswold Project focuses on pedestrian enhancements, streetscapes, and street improvements in a 90-block area in the northeast sector of downtown, bounded by Smith to the west, Buffalo Bayou to the north, US-59 to the east, and Texas to the south. Featured amenities of the Cotswold Project include fountains, public art, wider sidewalks, and street trees. Construction of the Phase 1 and 3 is complete. The final contract–access walkways to Buffalo Bayou–in Phase 2 will be completed in 2006. The project is a joint effort between the City of Houston and the Houston Downtown Management District at a total estimated cost of $ 68 million.
Buffalo Bayou: Sabine to Bagby Trail
A 23-acre promenade along downtown waterfront scheduled for completion in Fall 2005. Hike/bike trails on both sides of bayou to link Allen Parkway trail system to Sesquicentennial Park. Developers: City of Houston and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. $15 million.
Harris County Juvenile Justice Center
Rehabilitation of former criminal courts building. $35 million.
420 Main, redevelopment of a three-story historic building to five luxury lofts on the second and third floors, with retail at street level. Developer: Fretz Construction. $1.5 million.
First City Tower
1001 Fannin 49-story office building. Renovation of plaza, lobby and tunnel level. Phase I rehab (Lamar St. entrance) and Phase II (McKinney St. entrance). Developer: JMB Realty of Chicago. $11 million.
Kirby Lofts at Main
917 Main. Conversion of office building to residential/retail space. 70 units. Sale. Retail at ground floor. Developer: NBC Holdings, Inc. and The Randall Davis Company. Cost unavailable.
Lee P. Brown Metro Administration Building / Downtown Transit Center
Main, Pierce, Travis and St. Joseph Parkway. Full city block houses offices of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. 14-story building includes 300,000 SF of office space, 3,000 SF of retail on the ground floor, and nine bus bays. Bus bays opened June 2004. Office tower opened February 2005. Developer: Metropolitan Transit Authority. $41 million.
Root Memorial Square
Bell, LaBranch, Austin and Clay streets. Full city block. Renovation of historic downtown park built in 1937. Redesigned space to become a pedestrian plaza for downtown’s new multi-purpose arena (Toyota Center). Began construction: summer 2004. Completion: July 2005. Developer: City of Houston. $1.5 million.
820 Fannin. Rehab of 8-story commercial building into office, residential, retail. Developer: Spire Reality. Estimated cost: $14 million.
90-block street construction project in the northeast sector of downtown. Adds head-in parking and other amenities including fountains and public art. Developer: City of Houston. Construction managed by the Downtown District. Cost: $62 million.
Holy Cross Chapel: First Floor Chapel
905 Main. Renovation of former office building into Catholic chapel with related services and offices. Developer: Diocese of Houston/Galveston. $1.3 million.
Downtown/Midtown Transit Project
Reconstruction of 20 downtown/midtown streets. Developer: Metropolitan Transit Authority. (Additional $60 million from City of Houston to rebuild water and sewer lines. Additional $8 million from Houston Downtown Management for betterments). Total cost: $268+ million.
Communication Workers of America Union Hall
1730 Jefferson. New construction. 3-story building. 40,000 sq.ft. Includes meeting/ banquet hall. Capacity: 800. Developer: Communication Workers of America. $4.5 million.
220 Main. Conversion of bank built in 1911. Luxury boutique hotel. Developer: The Randall Davis Company. $35 million.
Inn at The Ballpark
1520 Texas. Renovation of former World Trade Center into a 12-story baseball-themed boutique hotel with 202 rooms with full service restaurant. Developer: Landry’s Hospitality. $37 million.
Main Street Square
1000 Main. A pedestrian plaza in the geographic heart of downtown Houston. Includes a 250 ft. reflecting pool with water jets, trees, public art, banners and upgraded sidewalks. Developer: Central Houston Civic Improvement, Inc. $8.9 million.
7 ½- mile at-grade light rail line connects University of Houston Downtown, downtown, Midtown, the Museum District, Hermann Park, the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park. Developer: Metropolitan Transit Authority. Enhancements by Main Street Market Square Redevelopment Authority and Houston Downtown Management District include upgraded sidewalks and pull outs, brick pavers, special streetlights, drinking fountains, additional landscaping, and a street clock. Opening Day: January 1, 2004. Contract for downtown METRO portion excluding rail cars, electrification systems and design fees: $33.1 million. Cost of enhancements: $10 million. Cost of entire METRO project: $324 million.
Club Quarters Hotel
720 Fannin. Redevelopment of old Texas State building into boutique hotel. Developer: Masterworks Development Corporation. $30 million.
Southeast Quadrant Streetscape Improvements
Project upgrades sidewalks, adds street lights and landscaping to area around new multipurpose arena. Developer: City of Houston/ Houston Downtown Management District. $8 million.
The Shops at Houston Center
1200 McKinney. Renovation of 190,000 sq. ft. of retail space in Houston Center. Includes façade, exterior signage and graphics with expanded retail at street level. Renovated ground floor lobby. Developer: Crescent Real Estate Equities, Ltd. $10.6 million.
University of Houston-Downtown
1001 Commerce. 4-story classroom building for depts. of Urban Teacher Education and Criminal Justice. 90,000 square feet. New construction. Developer: University of Houston-Downtown. $18.2 million.
US 59/Eastex Freeway Ramps
Construction of new interchange and entry freeway ramps serving northeast/ballpark area of downtown from US 59/Eastex and I-10. TxDOT. Phase II cost, $68 million.
Willow Street Pump Station
811 N. San Jacinto St. Historic sewage pump station converted to conference center and exhibition space. Developer: University of Houston-Downtown. $2.5 million.
Southeast Quadrant Streetscape Improvements
In the southeast sector of downtown, generally bounded by Main Street to the west, Rusk to the north, US-59 to the east, and IH-45 to the south, pedestrian walkways have been upgraded through the Southeast Quadrant Streetscapes Improvements project, a joint effort between the City of Houston and the Houston Downtown Management District. Improvements include new street pavement, improved drainage, sidewalks, trees and landscaping, removal of overhead utilities, and traffic signal upgrades. $8 million.
Capitol to Buffalo Bayou. Reconstruction of north/south street downtown. Includes storm sewer betterments, reconstruction of sidewalks, new street lights and traffic signals. City of Houston project. $18 million.
915 Franklin. Conversion of office building to residential. 100 units. Sale. Developer: Spire Reality. $22 million.
Buffalo Bayou: North Side Trail
Trail on north side of Buffalo Bayou connects Sesquicentennial Park to University of Houston-Downtown. City of Houston project. $2.8 million.
Buffalo Bayou Syphon Project
Buffalo Bayou at Fannin St. Installation of large diameter siphon under bayou to transfer waste water from the south side of the bayou to its north side. Developer: City of Houston. $5 million.
Calpine Center (now 717 Texas)
New construction of 32-story office tower at 717 Texas Avenue with 689,000 sq. ft. and 900-car garage. 24 floors of office space. Developer: Hines and Prime Asset Management. $100 million+.
410 Bagby. Conversion of Fire Station No. 1 to a 400-seat restaurant with aquariums that have a combined total of 500,000 gallons, a 6,000 square-foot ballroom that seats 500, a cafe and a gift shop. Project features amusement park that includes a Ferris wheel and a train. A 200,000 gallon shark tank at 33 Artesian, the City of Houston’s historic central waterworks building is also part of the five-acre site. Includes pedestrian plaza and 350 parking spaces. Developer: Landry’s Seafood Restaurants. $38 million.
201 Main. Office bldg. converted to residential. 62 units. Sale. Banquet facility on ground floor. Developer: Garvey Properties. Adjacent 4-story parking garage with ground floor retail. $20 million.
George R. Brown Convention Center Expansion
1001 Avenida de las Americas. Additions: 400,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and meeting rooms. Exhibit space at completion: 853,500 sq. ft. Developer: City of Houston. $165 million.
Harris County Parking Garage
2,400-car parking garage at Austin & Congress. Facility to be used by county and courthouse employees during the day and opened to visitors during the evening and on weekends. $12.8 million for Phase I.
1200 Avenida de las Americas. 1,200-room hotel next to convention center. Includes 66 suites, 2 ballrooms, 28 meeting rooms, and a 1,600-space parking garage connected to hotel via skywalk. Developer: Hines. $285 million.
Holy Cross Chapel: Façade Renovation
905 Main. Renovation of former office building into Catholic chapel with related services and offices. Façade renovation completed 1st quarter 2003. Developer: Diocese of Houston/Galveston. $575,000.
1100 Texas. Conversion of the Post-Dispatch Building to 314-room, 22-story hotel with full-service restaurant and lounge, parking garage, and 6,000 sq. ft. club on the second floor. Developer: Steven Holtze Corporation. $52 million.
Marriott Courtyard, Residence Inn, and Humble Tower Apartments
900 Block of Dallas. Conversion of office building to 191-room Courtyard by Marriott, 171-room Marriott Residence Inn and 80 apartments. Rental. Developer: Kimberly-Clark. $65 million.
Reliant Energy Plaza
New construction of 844,000 square-foot office building/1400-space parking garage/50,000 square feet retail at 1000 Main. Includes Transit-to-Tunnel Superstop with commuter amenities. Developer: Century Development. $150 million.
1510 Polk. Arena has 92 luxury suites. It seats 18,500 for basketball, 17,800 for hockey, and 19,300 for concerts.(Development cost: $202 million) Adjacent 2,500-car Tundra Garage connected via skywalk Development cost: $30 million) Developer: Harris County Houston Sports Authority. Dedicated September 2, 2003. $232 million.
US 59 Polk St. Ramp
Construction of new ramp from US 59 north bound to two lanes on Chartres St., providing immediate access to the convention center area, arena, ballpark and the east side of downtown. TxDOT $988,000
5 Houston Center
New construction of 27-story office tower at 1400 McKinney with 581,000 sq. ft. and eight levels of parking totaling 1250 spaces. Developer: Crescent Real Estate Equities, Ltd. $115+ million.
Baker Street Jail
New Harris County jail at 1200 Baker Street. 3,100 bed replacement of central jail. $70 million.
Citizens National Bank
402 Main. Conversion of nine-story 48,000 square-foot building to office space with nightclub on ground floor and mezzanine. Developer: 402 Main Street Limited Partnership. $1 million.
914 Main. Conversion of office building to residential/retail space. 132 luxury units. Sale. Retail at ground floor. Developer: Tarantino Properties. $60+ million.
Commercial National Bank Building
917 Franklin at Main. Renovation of 40,000 square-foot building. Office with retail/restaurant on the ground level. Developer: 917 Franklin Land Ltd. $70 million.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby. New construction includes two theaters (Sarofim Hall seats 2,650 & Zilkha Hall seats 500) and an 800-space parking garage. Garage is connected to the theater complex and the downtown tunnel system. Hobby Center is new home for Theater Under The Stars. Developer: Music Hall Foundation. $88 million.
411 Fannin. Restoration of four–story historic 1907 building into offices. 19,500 square feet. Developer: MBC Realty $300,000
Sam Houston Hotel (now Alden Hotel)
1119 Prairie. Restoration of boutique hotel with 102 rooms. Developer: Spire Realty Group. $20 million.
The Great Jones Building.
708 Main. Renovation of 10-story office bldg. Ground floor retail.9 floors of office space. Total of 83,000 sq.ft. Developer: Spire Realty Group, LP. $7 million.
1100 Smith Garage Expansion
Expansion of the existing 1100 Smith Garage to encompass the entire block. Project includes two additional parking levels and adds 650 parking spaces for a total of 2169 spaces. Developer: Hines. $6 million.
1500 Louisiana and Parking Garage
Construction of 40-story 1.2 million square-foot office building and 13-level parking garage with 1300 parking spaces connected by a circular sky bridge. Day care center on adjacent block also part of project. Developer: Hines for Enron Corp. $200 million.
Conversion of former Henry Henke Building to retail/office space. 50,000 square feet. Developer: Norik Amirkhanian. Cost of development: (estimate) $200,000.
Renovation of office building at 811 Dallas. Developer: BNC Real Estate, Inc. $4 million.
Buffalo Bayou: Allen’s Landing Phase I
1001 Commerce. Renovation of Houston’s first port at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous. Developer: City of Houston and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. $2.8 million.
711 Main. Conversion to residential space. 35 units. Sale. Developer 711 Main LLC (Boxer Properties) $22 million.
Hakeem Da’wah Islamic Center
202 Main. Renovation of the old Houston National Bank building into an Islamic mosque and learning center. Developer: The Olajuwon Group.
I-45 Elevated Section Bridge Replacement
W. Dallas to Memorial. Reconstruction of bridge decks. Includes installation of four beacons and landscaping where freeway crosses Buffalo Bayou. Project sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation. $11.9 million.
Jones Plaza Reconstruction
600 Louisiana. Reconstruction of downtown plaza for outdoor events. Developer: City of Houston. $6 million.
McKinney Place Garage
930 Main. New construction on site of demolished Woolworth Building. 1200-car parking facility with 40,000 square feet of street level and tunnel retail. Three tunnel connections. Developer: BMS Management, Inc. $15 million.
Sabine Street Lofts
106 Sabine. New residential construction. 180 units/garage. Rental. Developer: The Hanover Company. $31 million.
San Jacinto Lofts
915 N. San Jacinto St. Conversion of warehouse to residential space. 16 units. Sale. Developer: Wood St. Lofts LP. $5.5 million.
South Texas College of Law-The Fred Parks Library
1303 San Jacinto. New construction. Six story law library building. 78,301 sq. ft. Includes 3 conference rooms, terrace and atrium. Developer: South Texas College of law. $16 million.
Renovation of former Texas American Bank building. 370,000 square-foot office development with 800-car garage addition. Developer: Levcor. $30 million.
1801 Main Renaissance Office Tower
Renovation of 216,000 square-foot building. Developer: TCP Renaissance Partners. $3 million.
Bayou Place Expansion
Texas Avenue at Smith. Expansion, Phase IB. Hard Rock Café and outdoor plaza. Developer: The Cordish Company. $7 million.
Crowne Plaza Cullen Center
1700 Smith. Renovation of former Whitehall Hotel at Smith and Pease. 259 rooms. Developer: Maryland Hospitality, Inc. $25 million.
D’George Residential Project
1418 Preston. Conversion of former King George Hotel to residential. 100 single-room occupancy units. Subsidized housing. Rental. Developer: Non-profit Housing Corporation of Houston. $2.3 million.
Downtown Club at The Met
340 W. Dallas. (Formerly Metropolitan Racquet Club.) Renovated exercise facility. Added business center, day spa and dining facility. Developer: Trizec Properties, Inc. $5 million.
Holiday Inn Express
1810 Bell Avenue. 114 rooms. New construction. 57,000 sq. ft. Developer: North American Properties. $8 million.
1120 Texas Avenue. Office building converted to residential. 31 units. Sale. Interlochen Development. $3 million.
501 Main. Office/retail. Developer: Spire Realty Group. $2 million.
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford. 40,950-seat outdoor baseball stadium with retractable roof. First game on March, 30 2000. Developer: Harris County Houston Sports Authority. $286 million.
1111 Bagby. Skywalk connecting Chevron Texaco Heritage Plaza Building to the Doubletree Allen Center Hotel. Developer: Coventry Management Systems. Approximately $3 million.
Star of Hope
1811 Ruiz. Doris & Carloss Morris Men’s Development Center. Homeless residence and treatment facility. 279 beds. 33,000 total square feet, $5.4 million.
US 59/Eastex Freeway Ramps
Phase I construction of ramps serving northeast/ballpark area of downtown from US 59/Eastex and I-10. TxDOT completed Phase I in the fall 2000; part of larger project. $48.2 million.
Bob Lanier Public Works Building
611 Walker. City of Houston conversion of former Houston Lighting & Power office building into offices of Public Works and Engineering Department, Planning Department and other functions. Includes new tunnel links. $43 million.
Harris County Criminal Justice Center
1201 Franklin. Facility is at the heart of the Harris County Courts Complex. Opened November 1999. $88 million.
Federal Detention Center
1200 Texas Avenue. U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility at Texas and San Jacinto. $36 million.
New Hope Housing
320 Hamilton. New construction. 130 single-room-occupancy units built in three phases. Rental. Developer and owner: New Hope Housing. $6.2 million.
Northwind/Union Station Chilling Plant
1401 Rusk. Construction of first of four chilled water cooling plants to service Minute Maid Park and downtown buildings. A joint venture of Houston Industries and Unicom (Northwind Houston). Now operated by Entergy. $30 million.
One City Centre
1021 Main. Renovation of former First City Main Building. 600,000 square-foot development with 750 car parking garage. Developer: McCord Development. $22 million.
Replacement of Bridges
Capitol Avenue, Preston Avenue, Franklin Avenue, and San Jacinto Street bridges over Buffalo Bayou replaced by TxDOT and the City of Houston. Approximately $10 million.
St. Germaine Condos
705 Main. Old office bldg (Kress Building) converted to residential with retail at street level. 107 units. Rental. Developer: The Randal Davis Company. $2.4 million.
1300 Main. Renovation of 508,000 square-foot office building. Includes new 950 car parking garage. Developer: McCord Development. $21 million.
Renovation of old transient hotel to residential space. 57 single-room occupancy units. Rental. Developer: Houston Area Community Development Corporation. $2.1 million
Buffalo Bayou: Sesquicentennial Park Texas Avenue at Bagby Street. Phase II development and channel improvements to Buffalo Bayou. Developer: Phase II a- Harris County Flood Control; Phase IIb – Central Houston Civic Improvement, Inc. $18.4 million.
Christus St. Joseph Hospital
1401 St. Joseph Parkway. New garage and ambulatory care facility. $50 million
Harris County Central Chilled Water Plant
1303 Preston. Turnkey development of chilled water plant by CES/Way to serve county buildings, including new Criminal Justice Center. $20 million.
204 Travis. Conversion of historic building to residential space. 25 loft-style units. Sale. Developer: Threshold Interests. $5 million.
1111 Main. Conversion of building to parking garage for 1010 Lamar Building. Includes facade restoration. Developer: BPF Real Estate. $3.5 million
Texas Avenue Improvements
Bagby to Main. Redevelopment of Texas Avenue streetscape. Developer: Houston Downtown Management District. $950,000.
The Rice (now The Rice Lofts)
909 Texas. Conversion of historic hotel to residential space. 312 units. Rental. Retail on ground floor. The Randal Davis Company. $32 million.
Urban League Building
1301 Texas. Conversion of historic Federal Reserve Bank building to headquarters of Houston Area Urban League. Developer: Houston Area Urban League. $2 million. 1997
Corner of Texas Avenue and Smith. Phase 1A redevelopment of former convention center into theater, live entertainment, cinema and restaurant complex. Developer: The Cordish Company. Opened 1997. $23 million.
901 Bagby. Renovation and restoration of historic edifice and adjacent plazas by the City of Houston. $17 million.
City of Houston Police Administration Building
1200 Travis. Houston Natural Gas building purchased and renovated by the City. Dedicated December 11, 1997. $27 million.
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main. Construction of two new buildings for student activities and academic support. Dedicated June 24, 1997. Developer: University of Houston. $26.9 million
CenterPoint Energy headquarters office building. Developer: Hines Interests, LP Management. Approximately $100 million
Office tower reconstruction. Developer: Jones Lang Wooten. $12 million.
Market Square Clock Tower
Congress at Travis. Restoration of old city hall clock. Developer: City of Houston. $300,000.
711 William Street. Conversion of Bute Paint Company Factory to residential space. 54 units. Rental. Developer: The Randal Davis Company. $3 million.
214 Travis. Conversion of historic 3-story building to residential/retail space. Two owneroccupied units. Retail at ground level. Developer: Foley Building Development. $600,000
401 Louisiana. Conversion of historic office building to residential/retail space. 80 units. Rental. Retail at street level. Developer: The Randal Davis Company. $6.2 million.
White Oak Bayou Channel Improvements
At convergence of White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou. Bank stabilization and Championship Park site work. Developer: Harris County Flood Control District. $5.5 million.
Data courtesy of HoustonDowntown.com