- Discovery Green Park sparked development in this area of downtown Houston. The site was a vacant downtown city block before the construction of the tower. The project became an extension of the park, creating a smooth transition between the plaza, tower, and park.
- 35 trees were planted, including allee elm, and highrise live oak.
- 12 heritage oak trees were saved along the street.
- The project avoids annual planting, offering cost savings through reduced maintenance and material needs.
- Asian jasmine and giant liriope were planted for their low-water needs.
- There was a 15% increase in permeable surfaces on-site from planting.
- The site design mitigates runoff.
- A green roof, located on the 3rd floor was installed to reduce the heat island effect, absorb stormwater, provide visual enjoyment to the users, and act as a passive filter for airborne particulate matter.
- Water is reused for landscape irrigation. A 5,000-gallon cistern collects water on-site.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 23,500 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 235 American residents for one day.*
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project uses regional materials.
- Two water features located on the central axis of the plaza were installed to define a central access point and cool the outdoor space. With a dense tree canopy above and water features at ground level, the entry plaza can be 10 degrees cooler than the adjacent streetscape.
- Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was minimized through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on site.
- The trees sequester 5,640 pounds of carbon annually.**
- The tower was 100-percent leased prior to completion.
- Maintenance savings were achieved by considering the number of maintenance visits required, the irrigation system, plant material selection, hardscape materials, and fountain systems.
- The project becomes an extension of the park, creating a smooth transition between the landscape and the tower. The outdoor plaza is marketed as an amenity for the building’s occupants.
- The tree planting on the streetscape and curvature of the road slows down vehicular traffic, providing optimal site accessibility and safety by Hess Tower.