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Fourteen Real Estate Projects Altering Our Skyline

These fourteen mega-sized real estate projects are reaching for the sky. Many of these projects offer hundreds of thousands of square feet of Class-A office space in some of the most sought after markets in the country.

Kevin Annis, SIOR, CCIM - Broker/Principal

One Vanderbilt - New York City

Seeking the title of New York City’s second-tallest building, One Vanderbilt is part of a planned Midtown East rezoning. The 57-story structure, delivered in 2020, offers 1.6M SF of Class-A office space.

Salesforce Tower - San Francisco

This 1.6M SF, 61-story tower has been under construction since 2013, but slated to open later this year. Originally built on spec, construction began without a commitment from a major tenant. In 2014, Salesforce signed a 714K SF lease, valued at $560M to occupy 30-floors.

Vista Tower - Chicago

Vista Tower represents the largest real estate investment by a Chinese firm in the United States to date. This $1B development project will feature 406 luxury condos and 192 five-star hotel rooms held within the 98-stories. One bedroom apartments start at $1M.

Wilshire Grand Center - Los Angeles

A 1974 fire ordinance required helipads to be installed on supertall buildings after a disastrous fire in Sao Paulo. The Wilshire Grand Center will be LA’s tallest building and will not have a flat roof. The project was granted an exception by the Los Angeles City Fire Department since the building includes advances in fire safety and building technology. Wilshire Grand Center will be the home of 900 InterContinental hotel rooms and 400K SF of office space.

609 Main - Houston

609 Main at Texas is a 50-story mixed-use tower in Downtown Houston. The project’s north and south façade extend skyward creating a noticeable diagonal crown and highly visible landmark. The development offers 1M SF of mixed-use space as well as 1,700 parking stalls in a 13-story garage.

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences One Dalton Street - Boston

Boston’s skyline is being altered with Carpenter & Co’s 61-story project which is a collaboration with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Cambridge Seven Associates. It will be Boston’s third-tallest building when completed sometime next year. This project is significant for Boston as the city hasn’t built this big since Hancock in 1976.

Resorts Wold - Las Vegas

Las Vegas is working on their own development project as well. In 2007, Boyd Gaming tore down the Stardust with plans to redevelop it into the Echelon Place. This project was halted in the 2008 crisis, and Boyd sold the 87-acres to Genting Group. Genting Group brought on Steelman Partners to redesign the land into a $7B Chinese-themed resort casino. The 21M SF project features four hotel towers with 6,583 rooms, 175K SF of gaming space, a 4,000-seat theater, a panda exhibit and an indoor water park.

Panorama Tower - Miami

Originally known as 1101 Brickell, Panorama Tower was also halted during the recession and delayed for years. The project is now revised with new owners, Florida East Coast Realty (FECR). A portion of the project’s funding has come from EB-5 visas. Once completed later this year, the tower will be Miami’s tallest, but not for long. One Bayfront Plaza, also owned by FECR, will garner the title in 2019. Panorama Tower will continue to hold the title of the largest building in Miami, with a gross floor area of 3M SF, including the existing structure.

The Independent - Austin

This unique style design from Rhode Partners is definitely different. The 58-story, 685-foot tall building will be Austin’s tallest when completed in 2018. The project will be the home to 370 condo units spread across approximately 950K SF. Prices for these condo units will range from $400K to $3M.

Hudson Yards - New York City

The Hudson Yards redevelopment program is one of the most enterprising projects undertaken in New York City recently. Combining the city, state and private developers, the project’s cost will reach over $20B, with a 28-acre mixed-use development from Related Cos. And Oxford Properties highlighting the project. The project includes 16 skyscrapers with more than 12.7M SF of high end office, residential and retail space. Completed in various phases over the next seven years, Hudson Yards is anticipated to attract 65,000 daily visitors.

Central Place - Rosslyn

Washington D.C.’s height restrictions prevent supertall buildings, but in nearby Rosslyn, Central Place is looking toward the sky. The project features 570K SF of office, 44K SF of retail and 350 high-end condos. In addition, the 31-story mixed-use tower will include a public bus tunnel to connect it to the metro system.

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center - Philadelphia

This new building will be 60-stories and will be the ninth-tallest in the United States. The project features 1.7M SF of rentable space and total approximately $1.2B. On a clear day, it is expected to offer views for over 40 miles.

The Mark - Seattle

On schedule to deliver this year, The Mark is designed by ZGF Architects. A SLS Hotel will be on the fifth through 15th floors, then 528K SF of office space, to total 43 stories.

1144 Fifteenth - Denver

1144 Fifteenth is the tallest building to be built in the Mile High City in 30 years. The 40-story skyscraper is already attracting major attention and leasing on the 670K SF of spec space is well ahead of schedule.

To view the original article written by Kyle Hagerty of Bisnow Houston, click HERE.

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