- 405 native trees planted on site, including live oak, crepe myrtle, and cypress.
- 12 trees were transplanted on-site.
- There are four roof garden amenities decks. The bamboo court, oak court, birch court and palm court each identify with their unique plant species.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project uses regional materials.
- Water features are introduced to reduce temperatures and aesthetic value.
- In shaded areas, temperatures can fluctuate by up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Trees sequester 48,600 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 5.8 cars per year.**
- By planning CityCentre around three existing parking garages, the development was able to save more than $57 million.
- In the last five years, the appraisal value has increased by 66%.
- The original land parcel was purchased for $27 per square foot, and in 2014 the sale price increased to $150 per square foot.
- With 21 shops, 25 restaurants, nine lifestyle spots, two hotels and four apartments, countless jobs and volunteer opportunities were created on-site.
- The project was designed to be pedestrian friendly. Since Houston is a vehicle-dominant city, putting a majority of cars on the outer edges of the development in parking garages, allows the interior to become pedestrian dominant. This move makes the “city center” come to life.
- The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- The project provides benefits beyond its footprint. The development acts as a center for gathering, dining, entertainment and shopping for the surrounding neighborhoods and drivers who pass the I-10/Beltway eight intersection. More than two million people can reach CityCentre in 20 minutes.
- 300+ events are scheduled per year, continuously activating the site.
** 120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)
CityCentre Houston is a 47-acre, mixed-use development where exceptional public spaces and streetscapes integrate the many offerings - offices, residences, hotels, restaurants, retail, conference, fitness, cinema and structured parking - into a cohesive whole. When the Midway development group purchased a failing shopping mall on 37 acres at the intersection of two major Houston highways (two more parcels acquired for later phases added 10 additional acres), they engaged OJB to guide and implement their vision for a complete, walkable urban destination.
The heart of CityCentre is the public plaza enclosed by the 13-story Hotel Sorella to the west, by one- and two-story restaurant and retail buildings to the north and south, and by the five-story CityCentre One office building to the east across Town and Country Boulevard. An intimate event lawn, water and fire features, and outdoor seating for ground-level restaurants extend the hospitality atmosphere of the hotel out into the landscape, making it ideal for a variety of programmed and spontaneous outdoor activities. The plaza’s paving pattern flows into and across the boulevard to CityCentre One; the design captures additional capacity for special events when the street is closed to automobile traffic.
Throughout the site, carefully detailed paving patterns, planting islands, curbs and grade changes calm traffic and prioritize pedestrian movement. This inviting and well-used series of outdoor spaces and streetscapes are integral to the success of CityCentre, which was featured in a 2015 Urban Land Institute case study and is becoming a benchmark for mixed-use urban developments.
Location: Houston, TX
Team: Gensler, Valencia, Walter P. Moore, Thomson Company, Haynes Whaley Associates
Awards: ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Houston Development of Distinction Award