Friday, August 28, 2015

Clouds of White Powder emanate from County's "Milk Crate" Building

Harris County Administration Building undergoing Facade Renovation

TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: FACADE RENOVATION ON HARRIS COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING TAXES MOBILITY AND AIR QUALITY 

Downtown is replete with construction sites, with many streets partially obstructed if not closed altogether. Government facilities are also affected. Facade repair work continues on the Harris County Administration Building in the NE corner or Main and Preston.

This county facility, whose street address is 1001 Preston Houston TX 77002 houses the Harris County Tax Office and handles motor vehicle registration and title transfers, but not driver's license renewals and ID cards. It is also the seat of the Harris County Commissioners' Court, and houses numerous other county offices.

Harris County Administration Building undergoing Facade Renovation
Powdery Facelift 
The concrete exterior of the ten-storey office building erected in 1975 has been deteriorating. Its appearance had earned it the nickname "milk crate" building. See Houston Architecture page for 1001 Preston.


The general contractor on the renovation project, which has a price tag of  $5,429,357 is STRUCTURAL CONCRETE SYSTEMS, LLC. Crews are currently working on the West side of the building facing the Main Street Corridor. The sidewalks underneath on Main and on Preston Street have been boarded over to protect passers-by from falling debris. The dust cloud released by the work proceeding above, however, is another matter.

North-West corner of Harris County Admin Bldg. 
The 300 Block of Main Street in front of the Building is currently closed to southbound motor vehicle traffic, albeit for unrelated reasons. Mobility on the northbound portion is affected by the presence of large metal containers and a construction-related tanker truck on the corner. 

Road Closure in 300 Block of Main Street (8/27/2015)
Harris County Administration Building undergoing facade repairs (2015)
Photo from earlier in 2015 when the South facade was being tackled 
SOUTH SIDE OF COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
 1001 PRESTON STREET ADDRESS 

1001 Preston: Harris County Administration Building 
Metal poles holding up scaffolding at 1001 Preston entrance
with protective padding 
BUILDING DETAILS FOR 1001 PRESTON FROM HCAD 

1001 Preston St - HCAD Data for this Building 


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