Hines has started construction on 609 Main at Texas, the 48-story, 1,050,000-square-foot office tower at the corner of Main and Texas streets in Downtown Houston on the Main Street rail line. Construction is expected to take 36 months, with delivery scheduled for February 2017.

609 Main at Texas609 Main at Texas is being developed by the Hines CalPERS Green (HCG) development fund, a partnership that focuses exclusively on developing sustainable office buildings throughout the United States certifiable through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core & Shell (LEED-CS) program. This same partnership developed the highly successful BG Group Place project also on Main St. 609 Main at Texas is pre-registered LEED, and is expected to attain Gold or Platinum certification upon completion.

HCG has owned the full-block site since 2008. Site preparation, including the demolition of an existing abandoned structure, began in November 2013.

“609 Main at Texas will set a new standard for Houston’s Class A space, with its combination of world-class architecture, state-of-the-art amenity-rich office space in an irreplaceable location,” said Hines Senior Managing Director John Mooz. “We are excited to develop our next landmark structure in Houston.”

Designed by Pickard Chilton, 609 Main at Texas’ north and south facades will extend skyward, culminating in a dramatic diagonal crown, creating a new, highly visible Downtown landmark. The narrower east and west facades will be slightly recessed, and the subtly faceted exterior façade will be clad in floor-to-ceiling glass with brushed-stainless-steel accents. Vertical blades will be incorporated in the east and west facades, enhancing the tower’s silhouette and offering solar shading. Dramatic illumination within the east and west recesses, and the tower’s sloped crown will accentuate 609 Main’s presence on the nighttime skyline.

D.E. Harvey has been selected as the general contractor.