Monday, January 9, 2017

Breaking ground and scraping the sky



HBJ reports Jan. 6, 2017 that Bank of America has been in talks with SKANSKA USA to lease a sizable amount of square footage in the yet-to-be-erected 35-story Capitol Tower. Interestingly, the article says that Skanska has not yet broken ground. So how did those massive skyscraper foundations get into the big pit dug after the demolition of the Houston Club Building? Perhaps the phrasing shouldn't be taken too literally. After all, many of the local "skyscrapers" have flat tops or tilted roofs, rather than pointy ones, and don't do much sky-scraping, if any. One Shell, with its transmission tower spike on top, may be considered a rare exception, while other bona-fide roof spikes are too diminutive to even reach the sky: like Christ Scientist's ornamented golden needle that will soon mark a new partying hotspot. Also see -- > gallery of variations in office tower tops.   

JPMorgan Chase & Co Plaza with Miro sculpture
Chase Tower Plaza with Miro sculpture - Capitol Tower Garage - Esperson Building 

SKANSKA name sign at Capitol construction site June 2016
SKANSKA name sign at Capitol construction site June 2016 
View of completed foundation work seen from the East - Pennzoil Place and Jones Hall across Milam 

The Niels Esperson Building - visible from the North until the new tower emerges 
Construction cranes that SKANSKA's Capitol Tower site (Jan 2016)
Construction cranes that SKANSKA's Capitol Tower site a year ago (Jan 2016) 



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