By Jeff Jeffrey – Reporter, Houston Business Journal

Houston tech company to begin build-out of new Upper Kirby headquarters

  • Houston, TX - November 21,2019
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Houston-based Pros Holdings Inc., one of the city’s largest technology companies, is preparing to begin construction on the build-out of its new headquarters in Upper Kirby.

Building permits issued by the city of Houston say that Pros Inc. (NYSE: PRO) plans to spend $12.4 million to complete the build-out of 10 floors at 3200 Kirby Drive, which is part of the mixed-use development known as Kirby Collection.

According to the permits, Pros Inc. plans to renovate floors four through 10, as well as floors two, 12 and 13.

The permits say that the build-out of floor four will include a dining facility, while floor five will have a lounge area and floor six will include a conference center.

The permits were issued to Houston-based O’Donnell/Snider Construction.

Houston Business Journal has reached out to Pros Inc. and O’Donnell/Snider Construction for additional comment.

Pros Inc. announced its plan to move its corporate headquarters into 118,000 square feet at 3200 Kirby last December, marking one of the largest office leases signed in 2018. The company employed around 580 people in Houston as of 2018 and is one of the city’s most prominent tech companies.

Last year, Pros Inc. was the sole software company to participate in a nine-company partnership to invest $25 million in the HX Venture Fund. The HX Venture Fund is dedicated to attracting more early-stage tech firms and venture capitalists to Houston.

Kirby Collection is composed of a 186,000-square-foot office building, which is fully leased; a luxury multifamily tower with 199 units; and 65,000 square feet of retail. The 1 million-square-foot, $125 million project was developed by New York-based Thor Equities and was in late 2017. E.E. Reed Construction was the general contractor for Kirby Collection. Richard Keating Architecture was the design architect, Dianna Wong Architecture + Design was the interior designer, and Houston-based Kirksey was the architect of record. Walter P Moore was the structural engineer, and Houston-based Wylie was the MEP engineer.

In addition to Pros Inc., Kirby Collection tenants include Moscow-based Lukoil, which signed a 5,900-square-foot lease in February 2018; Mississippi-based Hancock Whitney Bank; Houston-based Novum Energy Trading Inc.; and Jacksonville, Florida-based Regency Centers (NYSE: REG).

Pinstripes, a bistro, bowling and bocce chain, was the first retail tenant to sign on at Kirby Collection. The 33,830-square-foot venue opened in October.

Last November, Dakota, a new high-end restaurant and lounge, announced it was moving into the development.

Office tenants at Kirby Collection have access to a rooftop putting green and lounge, according to marketing materials for the building.

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