The Evolution Of The Skyscraper

With greenscaped terrace roof decks, public gardens on level 12, multiple food and beverage offerings and abundant spaces for networking, Texas Tower – now under construction in downtown Houston by Hines and Canada’s Ivanhoé Cambridge – is designed to attract and retain talent. In today’s marketplace, added Mejia, there is no one size fits all office space design, demand is increasing for more open work spaces. “One of hurdles we’re seeing is a lack of flexibility designed into original spaces of many buildings. Clients are looking for flexibility, not just folks sitting in a work space.” She adds that Gensler crafted the global headquarters of Yeti, an Austin-based producer of premium outdoor gear that featured plain honest materials and outdoor hues, and included a fire pit, an outdoor band stage/workplace, a brew house – and nothing that feels “Corporate.” Harrington said the creation of flexible space is here to stay, “Something that will be over 10% of CRE over the next few years,” he added. In the Los Angeles area – where companies are interested in creating content – Woodbine is renovating a Doubletree hotel and constructing office space next door for the creative content clients. ‘We took the hotel parking lot and entitled it for creative office space,” he explained. “We have the Doubletree hotel under renovation and when it is finished and the new building is completed, we will have agreements for employees to use fitness center, media space, book conference space in hotel. ” While a continued drive for flexible office space is expected to continue, it won’t engulf the market.

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