Ponds, Paths, and Office Space in the Energy Corridor

Kirksey designed both of these 7-story, 175,000-sq.-ft. office buildings for PM Realty, which expects construction to begin on the first of them — dubbed Jacobs Plaza — here at 12140 Wickchester Ln. this month. They’re part of a proposed office park north of the Katy Fwy. and east of N. Dairy Ashford that, as this rendering shows, will comprise a manmade pond and pedestrian paths that lead out to the nearby Addicks Reservoir. Houston Business Journal reports that the primary tenant and namesake for the first building will be Jacobs Engineering.

Rendering: Kirksey Architecture

8 Comment

  • The market seems a little frothy …. wonder when the crash comes?

  • This looks like many of the other energy corridor campus designs. Do they all share a common landscape designer?

  • It like the glassy walls which give everyone views of the pond, which can really brighten up a cubicle farm.

  • @Fred, in fact there are only a small number of landscape architecture firms in this town who do commercial work on this scale. So yes, I’m sure a lot of the designs do look very similar. Also, many Houston landscape architects are graduates of that university up in College Station. Though A&M has top notch programs in agriculture, the weak spot seems to be the landscape architecture program. Not very innovative.

  • Surprised at this, Jacobs has two large 6 story buildings at Westpark and Beltway already and from what I recall they own both buildings outright.

  • Curious how they’re going to handle ingress and egress. There are only two streets with access to the Katy Freeway feeder. One is through a neighborhood (who complained of traffic and got a one-way outlet enacted ago, which was later reversed on the opposition of building owners).

  • These EPC companies are going to become office leasing agencies if these megaprojects start to slow down.

  • Isn’t the Addicks Dam one of the most highly endangered Texas dams–not at imminent risk of failing, but compromised? I guess they’ve done their homework, or maybe they think the risk is okay.