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  • Trammel Crow swoops into downtown Austin
    on October 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    ​​​AUSTIN – City documents show an initial plan for the redevelopment of a prime downtown Austin block by Trammell Crow Co. The 36-story office tower would have 665,000 sf of offices—making it the city's largest office skyscraper—plus restaurant and retail space.The 1.75-acre site—surrounded by Colorado, West Sixth, Lavaca and West Seventh Streets—is owned by the University of Texas System. The UT System used to occupy offices on the site, although it has nearly finished relocating across the street to a new headquarters tower.The current tower and parking garage on the block will be demolished. However, the Trammell Crow plans would preserve much of the historic Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall. The remaining space on the block would be converted into an open plaza. […]

  • Midland's trophy tower twosome hits the market
    on October 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    ​​MIDLAND – Two office properties, considered key trophy towers in the downtown Midland office market, are being marketed by Colliers International.The two properties, Fasken Center and Frost Bank Tower contain a total of 600,000 sf and have high occupancy rates.The buildings sit on 7.8 acres of land and have maintained good occupancy during down cycles in the energy industry.The Fasken Center is a 421,546 sf twin-tower office complex that is 99.2 percent leased. It was completed in 1974.The 12-story Frost Bank Tower is a 177,952-sf multi-tenant building. The Frost building, completed in 1982 was renovated in 2014. […]

  • STEM growth: Amarillo College seeds $2M greenhouse, lab
    on October 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    ​​​AMARILLO – Amarillo College planted the seed for new academic programs geared toward students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The construction will be accompanied by a horticulture certificate and, later, four new degree pathways in the STEM fields.​The college’s biology department celebrated the start of construction on a new $2 million greenhouse and lab facility with an informal groundbreaking.​The 12,400-sf greenhouse will have four bays, two instructional labs and state-of-the-art equipment—including root imaging systems and gene sequencing technology.The facility will also have equipment for growing plants in soil-less hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic environments.The facilities, replacing a parking lot at the Washington street campus, are expected to open in time for the fall 2018 semester. AC is also spending $184,000 for renovations to turn an adjacent home to the greenhouse into office space, landscaping and more. […]

  • A&M Student Services marching to Military Walk
    on October 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    ​​​​COLLEGE STATION – A new building designed to centralize student services at Texas A&M University is scheduled to be built at the spot of Bizzell Hall on Military Walk.According to the university, the $42.6 million, 95,000-sf Student Services Building is expected to be open to students in 2020. Interior demolition of the building, which was built in 1918 as a dormitory, began mid-October 2017, and officials expect exterior demolition to be complete by November 2017.Construction is expected to be complete by 2019, when staff will move into the facility.Departments currently located in Bizzell Hall will be moved to the White Creek Complex location on West Campus this summer.Student services departments moved out of Cain Hall in October 2015 to make way for a parking garage and on-campus hotel/conference center. Since then, student services has been housed at the White Creek Complex. […]

  • PACCAR truck manufacturing facility underway
    on October 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    ​​​McKINNEY – Construction has started on a new 130,000-sf PACCAR truck manufacturing facility.The facility is located at the northeast corner of Wilmeth Rd. and Redbud Blvd., and is expected to be complete in 2018.Under an incentive agreement with the McKinney Economic Development Corp., PACCAR will make capital investments of over $20 million and bring 200 jobs to the community over the next six years. […]