609 Main at TexasInternational law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP has signed a 62,000-square-foot lease at 609 Main at Texas, the new downtown office tower developed by Hines. Located at the corner of Main and Texas streets in downtown Houston, the 48-story, 1,050,000-square-foot office tower will be complete in early 2017. Upon project completion, Kirkland will relocate its 75 Houston office employees to the building’s top 2.5 floors.

Kirkland was represented in lease negotiations by Chad Baker and Steve Burkett at JLL. Colvill represented Hines, the building developer, owner and manager.

Designed by the internationally recognized architectural firm Pickard Chilton, the project’s north and south façade will extend skyward, culminating in a dramatic diagonal crown, creating a new, highly visible downtown landmark. The property is pre-registered LEED, and is expected to attain Platinum certification upon completion.

Kirkland also leases more than 674,800 square feet in Hines’ 300 North LaSalle in Chicago and, 3330 Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto, Calif.

“We are excited to provide our lawyers and staff a truly world-class new home that reflects our ambitions for the Houston office. In less than two years, our Houston office has grown to include 45 lawyers. Our new space will provide an environment responsive to the needs of our clients and our people as we continue to build out key areas of the practice,” said Andrew Calder, a partner at Kirkland.