New & Noteworthy

Spring 2020 Issue
By: Trey Barrineau
Skanska Tower

780,000 sq. ft.
Skanska’s Bank of America Tower
in downtown Houston was recently recognized as the first LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell certified project in the U.S. The 780,000-square-foot tower, which opened in the summer of 2019, is also the largest LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell project in the world. Designed by Gensler, Bank of America Tower offers 754,000 square feet of sustainable office space and more than 35,000 square feet of public space at Understory, an open-air community hub. Tenants also have access to The Assembly, a 10,000-square-foot conference and private events center that features three meeting venues.


353,030 sq. ft.
The Pizzuti Companies have announced plans for two new speculative industrial buildings in West Chester, Ohio. Totaling more than 350,000 square feet, Mill Creek Logistics Center I and IIare being constructed on a 17.5-acre site approximately 20 miles northeast of Cincinnati. Designed for single- and multitenant users, the buildings are 169,522 and 183,508 square feet, respectively, and feature 32-foot clear heights, 24 loading docks, 256 car parking spaces and LED lighting throughout the warehouses. The project was designed by RED Architecture & Planning; the design-build team is Schumacher Construction Management.


271,500 sq. ft.
Heritage Properties is developing Tower Two at Bloc[83] in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a $108 million urban mixed-use development consisting of a 10-story Class A office building spanning 271,500 square feet. It will include retail totaling 30,000 square feet and a 665-space parking garage. The building’s innovative features include a tenant lounge and terrace overlooking Hillsborough Street and the Bloc[83] courtyard; retail designed for fitness operators, restaurants and bars; a two-story office lobby; column-free floorplates; and large windows.


251,000 sq. ft.
Bright Realty recently opened Offices at The Realm, a nine-story Class AA office building consisting of 235,000 square feet of office space and 16,000 square feet of first-floor restaurant space in Lewisville, Texas. Amenities include a fitness center, a conference center, a rooftop deck and Crescent Park, which includes shaded seating, event space, public artwork, a water feature with custom water shows sequenced to music, and a splash fountain for children and pets. Coworking space provider VentureX will have a location in The Realm that covers the entire third floor.

Ridgeline Properties

207,635 sq. ft.
Ridgeline Property Group, Archway Properties and USAA Real Estate Company are jointly developing the Telge 290 Logistics Center, a 207,635-square-foot Class A industrial building in Cypress, Texas. The building features 32-foot clear heights, ESFR sprinkler system, 47 dock-high doors with two drive-in ramps, 56 trailer parks, 132 car parks, a 180-foot truck court and on-site stormwater detention.


192,000 sq. ft.
Jordon Perlmutter & Company recently announced the development of Paradigm River North in Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo). The project will provide 192,000 square feet of creative office space, including 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Current plans include an environmentally sustainable eight-story LEED Gold office building featuring large, efficient floorplates measuring 25,000 square feet. Jordon Tryba Architects was selected to design the project, which will include extensive private exterior terraces and balconies throughout the building, dramatic downtown and mountain views, and access to a nearby light rail station.


108,000 sq. ft.
ElevateBio, a biotech company focused on cell and gene therapy, recently selected DPS Group and its design affiliate TRIA to guide the fit-out of 108,000 square feet of former warehouse space in POST at 200 Smith Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. ElevateBio’s new facility will feature a collaborative open plan office and amenities that promote interaction. It will also provide flexible production suites for manufacturing, laboratories, and a range of supporting utility and warehouse areas. TRIA’s design for ElevateBio will embrace the ceiling heights of 16 to 24 feet, abundant natural light, exposed steel beams and other original features of the former postal service distribution center.


100,000 sq. ft.
Groupe Touchette, a major Canadian-owned tire distributor, is building a new 100,000-square-foot distribution facility in CentrePort Canada, Manitoba’s 20,000-acre inland port and Foreign Trade Zone. It is the only inland port in Canada with direct access to tri-modal transportation — truck, rail and air cargo. Groupe Touchette will occupy 70,000 square feet in the new building, with the remaining 30,000 square feet available for lease. The new facility will have 32-foot-high ceilings, allowing the company to maximize its cubic square footage.


90,000 sq. ft.
C.W. Driver Companies is building Granada Hills Charter Schools new $34 million educational facility in Northridge, California. The new space will allow the school to expand its curriculum to offer transitional kindergarten (TK) through eighth grade programs and will enable it to increase capacity to more than 6,000 students. Construction of the new facility is expected to wrap up in August 2021. The more than 90,000-square-foot TK-8 campus will include a three-story, 48-classroom building; full-service kitchen and eating area; multipurpose room; lighted sports field; locker rooms; basketball courts; and an administrative office, as well as additional parking and pick-up/drop-off areas. Granada Hills Charter School is the largest charter school in the country.


55,000 sq. ft.
Miller Construction recently completed a new 55,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in Hollywood, Florida, for Sintavia, LLC, a metal additive manufacturer for the aerospace and defense industry. High-end finishes in the Class A building’s corporate space include imported tile, decorative ceilings, glass office fronts, stone countertops, and stone and wood veneer paneling. Miller’s crews installed epoxy flooring for strength, durability and added safety throughout the manufacturing space, which houses more than $25 million of advanced equipment such as 3-D metal printers, multiple furnaces and a 6,000-gallon argon gas tank.


41,900 sq. ft.
R.D. Olson Construction has renovated the Kimpton Hotel Wilshire, a 41,900-square-foot boutique hotel in Los Angeles that the firm originally built in 2011 as an adaptive reuse of a 1951 office building. The renovation encompassed a full modernization of the hotel’s 74 guest rooms, as well as a revitalization of the rooftop deck and other common spaces. The remodel includes new wall coverings, carpet, furniture, flooring and lighting for all guest rooms, as well as improvements to the corridors. The firm upgraded the rooftop deck, including major enhancements to the existing pool, bar, restaurant, restrooms, landscaping, tiling and lighting. Additional improvements were made to the lobby, boardroom, penthouse and second-floor lounge.


4,300 sq. ft.
Ware Malcomb recently completed the new gsf Innovation Center in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Ware Malcomb provided interior architecture and design services for the project, which received the People’s Choice Award in the 7th Annual IIDA Illinois RED Awards program. Golden State Foods’ new Innovation Center is a 4,300-square-foot space that features a test kitchen, a culinary research and development lab, and creative office space including a work lounge, conference rooms and touch-down hoteling areas — all in an open loft environment. Summit Design + Build served as general contractor for the project.

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