Out with the Old, In with the New
Since the groundbreaking of the reimagined Allen Center in May 2016, much progress has been made. As a part of the renovation, we have completely revamped the West Sky Bridge connecting One and Two Allen Center. We are excited to announce that the new sleek and sunny West Sky Bridge is open and we have also moved forward with the demolition of the East Sky Bridge. Take a look at this time-lapse video which shows the construction of the West Sky Bridge and a video of the demolition of the East Sky Bridge.
The renovation of the East and West Sky Bridges are part of the $48.5 million renovation underway at Allen Center. Other renovation features include a nearly one acre greenspace; a chef-driven signature restaurant; and the transformation of the One Allen Center lobby into a two-story, clear glass façade.
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Videos courtesy of D.E. Harvey Builders
What’s in store at the reimagined Allen Center? Perhaps a signature restaurant
Construction of the reimagined Allen Center in downtown Houston is well underway and Brookfield Properties, together with Transwestern, will deliver a new 25,000 sq ft restaurant/retail mix with seamless connection to the streetscape and the surrounding business community.
Transwestern is working to secure a signature restaurant in One Allen Center that will have a prime location overlooking the new central lawn. Housed in a new two-story glass façade, this dynamic space will be highly visible to pedestrians and other street traffic along Dallas and Smith.
According to Crystal Allen, Senior Vice President of Transwestern Retail Services, “Brookfield is creating a new downtown destination that will appeal not only to downtown office workers, residents, and visitors but also extend to the wider community by activating the central lawn area during weeknights and weekends. This iconic project deserves to be a “go-to” place for Houstonians and we intend to make that a reality.”
Paul Frazier, Executive Vice President of Brookfield, noted that their properties create a sense of place by integrating destination dining and amenities on-site; the highest standards in sustainability and efficiency; and a strong social, cultural and community involvement.
Amenities available in and around Allen Center will include:
- Additional valet station on Dallas St. and upgraded valet options on Polk St.
- Transformation of courtyard into an activated greenspace that will welcome downtown visitors after traditional office hours and on weekends
- Installation of two-story linear glass in One Allen Center to create a visually stunning sense of arrival from Smith and Dallas Streets
- Multiple, readily accessible transportation options
- Greenlink bus service operates for free during weekdays and weekends, with stops along Smith Street (weekdays) and Louisiana Street (weekends)
- Light rail (Main Street and Theater District) – Approximately half mile walking distance
- Houston B-cycle (location to be installed in Antioch Park across from Allen Center)
- Parking garages with almost 10,000 spaces -
- Allen Center (Clay St.)
- Metropolitan Garage (Dallas St.)
- Heritage Clay Street (Bagby St.)
- Regency Garage (Clay St.)
- 1100 Smith (Smith St.)
Downtown Houston sees 220,000 visitors daily, with 150,000 employees and 11 million people attending downtown events annually. There are currently 55,769 residents living downtown, with 4,661 new units planned or under construction. In addition, the City of Houston and Downtown District’s initiatives to provide an enjoyable pedestrian experience by improving wayfinding, making upgrades along Dallas Street, marketing downtown through “Something Big Is Up,” providing regular free events and adding new art installations have inspired people to embrace retail outside of the tunnel system.
The Allen Center renovation began in May 2016 and construction is on track for a third quarter 2017 completion.
Courtyard transformation now underway!
Construction on the Courtyard between One and Two Allen Center began today as a part of the “Reimagining Allen Center” project. Tenants and visitors will be able to travel between buildings via the East Sky Bridge, closest to Smith Street.
To see construction areas between One and Two Allen center, click to see our map here.
Signage is also available throughout the complex showing closings and directing to alternate paths of travel.
The Courtyard will be transformed into a beautiful, lush green space which will feature events, art installations and more. To learn more, visit our project page.
OSHA Safety Lunch
On Wednesday May 4th, Harvey and their subcontractors took an opportunity to participate in Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OHSA) National Safety Week. Each year OSHA designates one week to focus on trending safety statistics and reinforce the importance of every worker going home safe. Harvey provided a fajita lunch and gave out several raffle prizes including Home Depot gift cards and tools.