Tierra Smith, Bisnow Houston

Office Tower Poised For Major Renovation

  • Houston, TX - April 08,2019
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Another office building in the Galleria area is preparing for an amenity activation.

1800 West Loop South, a 400K SF office tower at San Felipe and Interstate 610, will add a social hub, a tenant lounge, a private patio and a fitness center, according to a release by Transwestern. Interior renovations are set to wrap up this summer.

“We are focused on delivering well-rounded spaces that elevate and enhance the workday routine,” said Nimble founder and Creative Director Candice Riley Campbell, who will be responsible for project design. “Every detail was consciously considered to ensure it provides value and convenience to the tenants it serves.”

The first-floor social hub will include a large, open service area with complimentary cold brew and sparkling water. The reservable tenant lounge offers Airshare media and a private walk-out patio. Other on-site amenities underway include a 32-person meeting space, amenity-rich public spaces, refreshed lobby and common areas, and a new fitness center with a 20-person studio room for streaming private classes.

Owner Keppel-KBS US REIT tapped O’Donnell Snider Construction to serve as the general contractor, along with CDI Douglass Pye Inc. as the architect for the speculative suite program. Transwestern Commercial Services will provide leasing services.

“By providing more amenities in the building, tenants have the flexibility to enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch, work out in a state-of-the-art fitness facility or have an interoffice meeting on-site, which improves productivity and work-life balance,” Transwestern Senior Vice President Louann Pereira said.

Amenity add-ons at office buildings have been a growing trend in Houston recently, primarily focused in Downtown Houston. Completed and in-progress projects include Houston Center, 811 Dallas, 1415 Louisiana and One City Centre.

In the Galleria area, Hicks Ventures and Taconic Capital Advisors are planning the renovation of 1177 West Loop South, which the partnership bought earlier in April.

Braun Enterprises is also redeveloping an office building in the Galleria area. Formerly known as Yorktown Plaza at 5353 and 5373 West Alabama, the plan includes exterior and interior upgrades.

CORRECTION, APRIL 9, 9:30 A.M. CT: A previous story incorrectly identified Louann Pereira’s company. She works for Transwestern.

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