What more suitable spot could there be in Houston for a showroom, warehouse, and designer-education center focused around Silestone and the other kitchen-and-bath-slabs lines of a Spanish manufacturer to land than in a brand-new complex of tilt-up buildings aligned along the southbound Beltway 8 feeder of the Sam Houston Tollway across from Spring Branch? Not long after the concrete slabs went up at 1315 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. North (north of Westview Dr.), the slabs of ground quartz, marble, recycled materials, and precious stones went in. The multi-warehouse complex opened late last year; The Houston Cosentino Center at Suite 150 opened last week.
So what if the vast concrete expanse of the feeder-road-side parking lot in the middle of the U-shaped tilt-wall complex looks kinda bleak? The inside is set up to be sleek:
There’s 27,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and distribution space in there, plus a slick showroom that shows off Cosentino’s slick manufactured surfaces set against a vintage poster of tanned and shirtless Spanish workers wielding mallets at a marble quarry:
There’s more inside, including a coffee bar, classrooms, and a few fully functional kitchens. The privately owned business has had its its North American headquarters in the Houston area since 1996 (it moved from Stafford to Sugar Land last year), but the new design center is the 25th in a series of similar centers set up since 2010 in U.S. cities, modeled after the company’s facilities in Europe.
- About Cosentino Center [Cosentino]