Houston's Future Development

Posted by Lauren Alff Feb 20, 2020 Visit My Blog
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These Five Developments Will Change Houston Forever

A new decade means a new look for the city.

Downtown Launchpad 

Location: Downtown 

  • Major players: Central Houston, Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Gensler Architects
  • What it is: An anchor of the upcoming 4-mile Innovation District spanning downtown to the Med Center, this start-up incubator will take up the 10th floor of the Amegy Bank building.
  • Why it matters: Hundreds of entrepreneurs will cycle through every four months to develop start-ups that could address climate change, advance medicine, and more.
  • Why we’re excited: We don’t know what the future of tech looks like, but Houston aims to be a vital part of it between the Launch Pad, Rice’s Ion, and the TMCx.
  • Fun fact: Two of America’s top accelerators, MassChallenge and gener8tor, were recruited to anchor the 17,000-square- foot Launch Pad. The Cannon Houston will also run two floors of co-working space at Amegy, a “virtual village” where start-ups can land post-Launch Pad.
  • Construction status: Almost finished
  • Opening date: Spring 2020 

MFAH Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

Location: Museum District

  • Major players: MFAH, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Steven Holl Architects
  • What it is: The third and final gallery building on the museum’s 14-acre, $450 million Sarofim campus
  • Why it matters: Two floors of modern and contemporary art featuring never-before-seen collections, plus a restaurant, a 215-seat theater, an atrium, 400 parking spaces, and tunnels to sister buildings
  • Why we’re excited: The building’s 7 site-specific commissions include a dragon sculpture by Ai Wei Wei and a tapestry by Trenton Doyle Hancock.
  • Fun fact: Come nighttime, vertical glass tubes on the trapezoidal concrete building will glow in patterns. 
  • Construction status: Underway 
  • Opening date: Fall 2020 

Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts 

Location: Downtown Theater District 

  • Major players: Houston First, Rios Clementi Hale Studios Architects
  • What it is: A $29 million facelift for Jones Plaza
  • Why it matters: The square will anchor the bustling Theater District, host performances on its new lawn, and no longer resemble a toilet.
  • Why we’re excited: The dazzling water features, great for selfies 
  • Fun fact: Wyatt donated $10 million to the project—hence the naming rights.
  • Construction status: Starts summer 2020
  • Opening date: Summer 2021

Houston Endowment

Location: Washington Corridor 

  • Major players: Houston Endowment, PRODUCTORA, Kevin Daly Architects
  • What it is: The new headquarters for the foundation, overlooking Spotts Park
  • Why it matters: The $20 million, 40,000-square-foot office will be the new center of Houston philanthropy.
  • Why we’re excited: The building, inspired by the park and its canopy of oaks, will be among our city’s architectural wonders.
  • Fun fact: The winning architects (Mexico City’s PRODUCTORA and LA’s Daly) won out over 120 other teams.
  • Construction status: Funding secured
  • Opening date: May 2022

Galveston Bay Foundation 

Location: Kemah 

  • Major players: GBF, Kirksey Architecture
  • What it is: The green, 30-acre headquarters for the foundation
  • Why it matters: Students (and adults) can head here daily to learn about the bay. 
  • Why we’re excited: A pier, boardwalk, trails, 4-acre shoreline conservation project, outdoor classrooms, and, of course, water access
  • Fun fact: The headquarters will be among 25 buildings in America that meet the rigorous Living Building Challenge, with solar panels and cisterns to collect rain for drinking water.
  • Construction status: $15 of $25 million raised; first phase underway
  • Opening date: TBA


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