A Project Milestone at 609 Main

Last month a major milestone was reached for the construction of Hines’s 609 Main office tower, one of Houston’s newest high-rise office buildings that will be located in the downtown district. The mat foundation was poured starting the evening of Saturday, August 23 and continued through the night until completion Sunday evening. The massive concrete pour required 1,400 concrete trucks to place the 14,000 cubic yards of concrete needed to construct the over nine-foot-thick concrete mat. The mat foundation is the fourth largest ever completed in Houston. 609 Main, located on a full city block bounded by Main Street and Fannin Street, is scheduled to open in December 2016.

When completed, this 49-story tower will stand prominently in Houston’s Central Business District. The reflective glass cladding and unique angular profile will give the tower a commanding presence on the downtown skyline. Amenities include a 6,000 sf conference center, a fitness center, 6,000 sf of ground-floor retail and an attached garage for 1,200 cars. Another notable feature is an urban green space that sits atop the garage with 23,000 sf of outdoor space wrapped around an 8,000 sf interior terrace, also topped by accessible green space.

The 1 million sf speculative space is designed to cater to user needs and comfort. The tower incorporates an underfloor air distribution system that allows individual temperature control in each workspace. The compact building core and 27,500 sf floorplates are highly flexible and allow daylight deep into the core. The 48th floor features a double-height glass roof. The building is expected to achieve LEED CS Gold.

Cardno Haynes Whaley is proud to be the structural engineer of record for this historic building and to be part of a project team which includes Design Architect Pickard Chilton, Production Architect Kendall Heaton Associates and General Contractor D.E. Harvey Builders.

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