From Downtown to Uptown to the Medical Center, Houston is growing upwards. Following find a selection of current major commercial construction projects including office, retail, mixed use and multifamily, categorized by area of Houston.

Office & Residential High Rises, a High School Opening Downtown & EaDo Nightlife    

Capitol Tower - Sustainable High-Rise in Downtown

Anchored by future tenant Bank of America, the 35-story Capitol Tower will feature 775,000 RSF of office and retail space. Touted by developers as the “most sustainable building in Houston,” Capitol Tower features a rooftop garden, energy efficiency controls, a rainwater collection system, and more.  Slated to open in Q2 2019, the Capitol Tower project is led by Skanska, Gensler, OBJ Landscape Architecture, and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

East Village - Dining, Drinks & Nightlife in EaDo

EaDo, the warehouse district just east-of-downtown Houston, has seen rapid gentrification and skyrocketing land values. Now home to nightlife, sports stadiums, residential developments, and more, developers are eager to capitalize on convertible spaces. One example is Ancorian’s East Village, where repurposed buildings house Chapman & Kirby - hybrid restaurant and nightclub, Our / Houston vodka distillery, and restaurant SeaSide Poke. East Village is expanding to open phases II and III this summer.  

HSPVA - Moves from Montrose to Downtown

The new campus of Houston’s High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA), a $80M and 168,000 SF project, is slated for completion in Q4 2018.  The school will feature an 800-seat theater, dance and music studios and is located near the theatre district between Caroline and Austin streets. HSPVA is just one of 40 schools being rebuilt or renovated through the HISD $1.89 billion bond program.

Caydon - Residential Tower in Midtown

Characterized by mid rise multifamily and mixed use developments, Midtown will see its first residential highrise in decades.  Caydon Midtown, a 27-story, 357 apartment tower with “high end finishings” and 12,000 SF of retail and restaurant space is slated to open in early 2019.  Australian based developer, Caydon Property Group is leading the project.

A Luxury Hotel, Luxury Residential High-Rises & BLVD Expansion

The Post Oak - Luxury Hotel, Residential & Retail

The 680,000 SF luxury development, The Post Oak, will span 10 acres and will include:

  • 250 Room, 38-Story Luxury Hotel
  • 20 Residential Units
  • 35,000 SF of Event Space
  • 150,000 SF of Class-A Office Space
  • Multiple High-End Restaurants
  • An Array of Sophisticated Amenities

Mastro's Steakhouse, a 10K SF restaurant constructed by O'Donnell / Snider and Abel Design Group, is already open on-site. The rest of The Post Oak is expected to open later this year.

BLVD - New Asset Owner Plans Expansion

The mixed use space that Whole Foods calls home already encompases 217,000 SF on Post Oak Boulevard. The BLVD and a 1.4-acre tract land was recently sold for $158 Million. Now, Whitestone REIT plans to build a six-story, mixed-use mid-rise with 91,000 SF of office space. plus 56,000 retail space below.

As part of the BLVD Place development, The Hanover Co. began construction of a new 32-story, 281-unit residential tower located south of Hanover Post Oak.

Arabella -  High-Rise Residential Condo

Add Arabella to the list of several high-rise luxury multifamily developments opened in Houston in recent years.  The Randall Davis developed, 33-story, 100 condo high-rise is already 70% pre-sold with units priced from $875,000 - $4M. The tower will feature ten terrace-top pools costing an average of $162,000 each.

An Innovative Medical Campus, Full-Service Hotel, Residential High-Rise & Art Museum Expansion

McNair Campus - Medical Education, Science & Treatment Combine

The $1.1 billion, 27.5-acre, first-of-its-kind medical campus collaboration including a top medical school, a globally-renowned cardiovascular research institute, and a hospital capable of receiving highly complex cases.  

Set for completion in 2019, the 1.2M SF, two-tower campus will house the Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St. Luke’s Health, and the Texas Heart® Institute, and will include 650 hospital beds. JE Dunn is building out the interior of Tower 1 and Tower 2 construction is led by Tellepsen Hunt, a joint venture between Tellepsen and Hunt Construction Group.

Intercontinental Hotel & Latitude Med Center Apartments

The first full-service luxury hotel built in The Texas Medical Center within decades, construction for the 353 guest room, 22-story Intercontinental Hotel is nearly complete.

The hotel will share a lobby with Greystar’s luxury high-rise residential tower, Latitude Med Center.  The 35-story tower will cater to Texas Medical Center professionals and also to patients who may require an extended stay for medical treatments and is slated to open this summer.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) master development plan will significantly expand the museum campus.  Designed to support a walkable experience with multiple public plazas, the expansion includes two new buildings designed by Steven Holl Architects; a new conservation center, designed by Lake|Flato Architects; and a landscape plan by Deborah Nevins & Associates.  Portions of the project slated for completion in 2018, include the:

  • Glassell School of Art & The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza - a striking L-Shaped building featuring an event plaza, rooftop garden, public cafe and housing facilities for the Glassell Junior School, Studio School, and Core Program.

  • Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation - will house the MFAH conservation team within close proximity to the MFAH for the first time. The building’s glass exterior will allow passerbyers to glimpse art conservation in action.


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