That new office tower slated for the site of the 12-year-old Bally’s, then Blast! Fitness building (pictured at left) at the northeast corner of the Memorial City Mall will be the new American corporate headquarters of industrial gas manufacturer Air Liquide. And it’ll be 2 buildings, actually: A 452,000-sq.-ft. 20-story tower designed by Morris Architects in back, and a 145,000-sq.-ft.12-story office building designed by Gensler in front, facing the I-10 feeder road. It’ll be called Air Liquide Center, but as shown in the rendering above, the core of the 2-building sandwich will be an 8-level parking garage.
Blast! and the other retail tenants of the existing building are long gone, but 3 are scheduled to return to spots in the ground-floor feeder-road strip-retail portion of the front building at 9807 Katy Fwy.: Starbucks, Le Peep, and T.N. Tailor Alterations. Air Liquide will move operations from the 2700 Post Oak office tower in the Galleria area and take up 222,000 sq. ft. of the new buildings.
- Memorial City lands Air Liquide’s headquarters [Houston Chronicle]
- Memorial City location and amenities will help Air Liquide recruit, retain employees [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: Bally’s I-10 Shopping Center To Be Blasted Away for New Office Tower, Blast Begins Total Houston Takeover of Bally Total Fitness, Metro National Gets Its Park Back
Photo and rendering: Metro National