Encouraging employees to return to the office goes beyond furniture
Exploring the intentional design of Texas Tower in Houston
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Texas Tower, Hines’ new global headquarters in downtown Houston, was designed with a focus on providing a positive experience for employees and visitors. The intentional design of Texas Tower promotes collaboration and connectivity, both within the building and throughout the surrounding community.
Texas Tower could be viewed as a skyscraper case study in how to lure employees back to the office by focusing on comfort and convenience. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, Hines developed the building in partnership with Ivanhoé Cambridge.
The building was designed with technology at its core, offering an underfloor HVAC system that enables employees to control the air flow in their spaces. The window shades also adjust based on temperature and sunlight, thanks to sensor technology. Conference rooms integrate video and conferencing technology to make meetings simpler and more engaging. Texas Tower also offers an automated dry-cleaning system. All Hines employees have motorized sit-stand desks, and can use Hines apps to assist with space booking and community activations, employee recognition and awards.
The tower is placed diagonally on the site, resulting in interesting view angles. It is situated at the confluence of downtown Houston’s central business district, Theatre District, and Historic District, providing easy access to restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. The amenities focus on employee wellness, and include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a public garden, and access to fresh air and green space throughout the building. It operates as a living lab for Hines occupier services and the facilities management business.
The goal is to offer hospitality-focused experiences to our own employees and test programs and services that help refine future offerings to support clients and tenants. Programs include hosting a Family Day, a Coffee Chat series, and pop-up events like surprise dessert bars, gift-wrapping stations, and ping-pong tournaments to promote fun-focused amenities. The Hines property management team is also considering ways to use specific spaces in Texas Tower and other Hines facilities to host regional or firm-wide, in-person events and programs that foster team connection, collaboration, and culture.
Texas Tower also offers a flexible office space through The Square. Comprised of 18,000 square feet on the mezzanine level overlooking the expansive lobby, The Square offers a comprehensive range of flexible space solutions to its customers and provides an elevated level of service and amenitization akin to a hospitality environment. Connected to the city and tailored to members’ specific needs, The Square at Texas Tower is intended to optimize performance and client satisfaction.
A beautiful addition to the Houston skyline, Texas Tower also shines as a destination built to the highest standards, including LEED® Platinum, WiredScore, and WELL Building Standards.