By Jeff Jeffrey – Reporter, Houston Business Journal

First look: Iconic downtown Houston tower slated for major remodel project

  • Houston, TX - September 26,2019
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Heritage Plaza in downtown Houston will begin work next month on a massive remodel project that will touch some of the building’s key features.

The building, which is located at 1111 Bagby St., will undergo renovations to its exterior, main lobby, tenant conferencing areas and the sky lobby.

Click through the slideshow above to see renderings of what changes are planned.

The 53-story office tower offers 1.1 million square feet of office space that’s been touted as Class AA, as well as 28,535 square feet of retail space.

New York-based Brookfield Properties, which owns the building, said in a news release that the renovations will “enhance the volume and geometry of the space and focus on creating a clean and modern design using a brighter material palette with softer, lighter finishes.”

Among the biggest elements of Heritage Plaza that will change during the remodel will be the addition of a new glass curtain wall at the corner of Dallas and Brazos streets. Brookfield also plans to update the landscaping and paving in the building’s atrium.

The remodel plans also call for refinishing the main lobby and adding a new “social stair” with sitting areas.

On the 13th floor, the sky lobby will undergo an upgrade, which will create an unobstructed view of Buffalo Bayou Park.

The main and sky lobbies will also have new stone tile floors with bronze accents and updated furniture.

Tenants can also look forward to new boardroom-style conference spaces and collaborative seating areas in the sky lobby.

The building’s elevators will also see upgrades, including renovated cabs in the main lobby.

Brookfield said construction on the project will begin in October and is scheduled to be completed in December 2021. The company declined to comment on how much the renovations will cost.

Brookfield Properties has tapped Houston’s O’Donnell/Snider Construction to serve as general manager. Houston-based Kirksey Architecture is serving as architect.

Heritage Plaza is occupied by a number of well-known companies, including its largest tenant, EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG), whose headquarters occupies more than 350,000 square feet in the building.

The office tower is also home to accounting giant Deloitte, which recently launched its own renovation of the 204,210 square feet it leases in the building.

Meanwhile, Brookfield has also launched major renovations at several other downtown office towers it owns.

The three-skyscraper Allen Center office complex in downtown Houston is in the midst of a major renovation project that is scheduled to be completed next year. Brookfield’s “Reimagining of Allen Center” project has moved into its second phase, which includes renovating Two and Three Allen Center.

In July, Brookfield released new details about its plans for the Houston Center campus downtown, which is also undergoing an extensive renovation. Construction on Houston Center’s transformation began in February 2019 and is expected to be complete in late 2020.

In June, Brookfield announced renovations to Total Plaza, at 1201 Louisiana St., are expected to begin this summer and be complete in early 2020.

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