The Construction Career Collaborative (C3) has just hit a homerun in downtown Houston on its way to create a safe, skilled, and sustainable construction workforce in the Houston region. In a C3 press release we received Monday, Hines announced that it has designated its currently unnamed groundbreaking Next Generation, 47-floor, one million square-foot project on the former Houston Chronicle site, Block 58, in downtown Houston to be a C3 project. The move by Hines is a first for the company headquartered in Houston and demonstrates the highest standard of care for the construction workforce that will build the tower under the direction of Gilbane Building Company, an accredited employer member of C3, and a global builder with offices in Houston.
In the recent press release announcing the new tower, Jeff Hines, Hines CEO said, “This tower promises to be a true ‘next-generation’ office building, drawing from the research and best practices we have learned from our office developments around the world. We are excited to not only be building it, but also to move our headquarters there.”
With the designation of the new project as C3, Hines has taken an additional step to a new level in the statement from the Hines release that the “project will be built to the highest standards that Hines has ever developed in Houston, including both LEED® Platinum and WELL Building certifications.”
“Hines is proud to partner with C3,” said Jerry Lea, Executive Vice President of Conceptual Construction at Hines. “In line with the Hines reputation for excellence, C3 is an organization that demands quality in the area of construction. We expect to see a better building, better value, and most importantly, a safe project.”
In addition to the new Hines headquarters, the landmark building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and expected to open in 2021, has attracted the Houston based Vinson & Elkins law firm. “We are pleased to join Hines as the anchor tenants for this new world-class, state-of-the-art building,” said V&E Managing Partner Scott Wulfe. “This move presents a unique opportunity to host clients and will allow our teams to work in a space that fosters innovation, efficiency and teamwork. This next-generation building will also allow us to continue to attract and retain the best talent and to provide the highest level of client service.”
Hines is one of the ten owners and 223 Accredited GCs and Specialty Contractors who have endorsed C3 as a collaborative business solution to creating a safe, skilled, and sustainable craft workforce for the industry in the Houston region.
You can read C3's press release about the project here.