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Iconic Skyscraper Goes Green

Iconic Houston skyscraper earns coveted Green status after uber modern makeover

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8 Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
Kirksey Architecture did design work for  the Platinum LEED certified remodeling.   Photo courtesy of Kirksey Architects
Williams Tower with fountain in bayou in front day
Hines opened the 64-story office tower in the Galleria-area in 1982. WilliamsTower.com
Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014 Henrik Lobby
Hines' sweeping two-story lobby offers views of downtown skyscrapers, many designed by Hines. Photo courtesy of Kirksey Architects
3 Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
The new interiors are sleek and sophisticated. Photo courtesy of Kirksey Architects
5 Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
Light permeates the interior spaces.  Photo courtesy of Kirksey Architects
Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
Another view of the Platinum LEED certified interiors. Photo courtesy of Kirksey Architects
8 Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
Williams Tower with fountain in bayou in front day
Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014 Henrik Lobby
3 Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
5 Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014
Hines offices in The Galleria July 2014

International real estate firm Hines is on a high, literally and figuratively, after the redesign of its Galleria-area office has earned a coveted platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system for commercial interior ratings.

The 49th and 50th floor offices of the iconic Williams Tower were transformed by Kirksey Architecture from the original design, created more than 30 years ago by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Focus of the new design is a two-story lobby offering grand vistas of the city skyline where 12 of Hines' 17 downtown projects are visible.

 The focus of the new design is a two-story lobby offering grand vistas of the city skyline. 

A key element in earning the top LEED certification is the adaptive re-use of existing materials. The figures are convincing: 42 percent of materials and 62 percent of furnishings were salvaged, 750 cubic yards of construction waste material was recycled and the majority of the English Oak paneling that once defined the space was reused, refreshed and slightly modified to allow natural light into the floors.

 “We are tremendously proud of this achievement and we recognize the importance of leading by example and demonstrating our commitment to the environment,” Hines senior vice president, corporate operations services Ilene Allen said in a statement.  “Achieving LEED-CI Platinum is the result of more than 18 months of preparing, planning, and execution by our architects, contractors and employees."

Hines is setting the example for other tenants in the 64-story, 1.5 million-square-foot office building that the firm developed and opened in 1982.

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