Wells Fargo Plaza (Houston)
|Wells Fargo Plaza|
1000 Louisiana Street|
Houston, Texas, United States
|Roof||302.4 m (992 ft)|
|Floor area||170,362 m2 (1,833,760 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Richard Keating of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, also Lloyd Jones Brewer & Associates|
|Developer||Century Development Management|
This building is currently the 20th-tallest Building in the United States, the second tallest building in Texas and Houston, after Houston's JPMorgan Chase Tower, and the tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere. It is the tallest building named for Wells Fargo.
From street level, the building is 302.4 meters (992 ft) tall and contains 71 floors. It extends four more stories below street level. Only the Wells Fargo Plaza offers direct access from the street to the Houston tunnel system (a series of underground walkways connecting many of downtown Houston's office towers); otherwise, entry points are from street-level stairs, escalators, and elevators located inside buildings that are connected to the tunnel.
Wells Fargo Plaza features a wide variety of fine amenities for its tenants including The Houstonian Lite Health Club located on the 14th floor.
Sky lobbies on the 34/35th and 58/59th floors are publicly accessible and offer views of Downtown Houston. These sky lobbies are served by double-decker elevators and primarily serve as transfer floors to local elevators.
It was designed by Richard Keating, FAIA, while a partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In 1983, the building lost a large number of windows during Hurricane Alicia. Originally named the Allied Bank Plaza, it was renamed to the First Interstate Bank Plaza in 1988. First Interstate Bancorp was then taken over in 1996 by Wells Fargo, therefore transferring ownership of he building.
In 1993, the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston leased 9,707 square feet (901.8 m2) in the First Interstate Plaza. In 1995 Koll Real Estate lost the management contract for the First Interstate Plaza. In 1996, NGC Corp. (now Dynegy) leased 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2) in the First Interstate Plaza. The company moved over 700 jobs from a suburban office building along U.S. Route 290 (Northwest Freeway) to the Wells Fargo Plaza. In 2012, the company moved out of the building as part of downsizing initiatives while undergoing bankruptcy procedures.
In 2006, Targa Resources signed an 11-year lease to occupy 101,600 square feet (9,440 m2) of space in the Wells Fargo Plaza. Targa expanded from its subleased space and began to occupy floors 43 through 46. With the expiration of the lease, Targa has since moved to 811 Louisiana. In 2007, CB Richard Ellis became the exclusive leasing agent for Wells Fargo Plaza. As of October of that year the building was 91% leased. The leased space consists mostly of large tenants, with some mid-sized tenants occupying space.
The Houstonian Lite club is located in a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) area on the 14th floor. It includes group exercise studio space, locker rooms, a private Pilates studio, and exercise equipment. The club, operated by The Redstone Cos., operators of The Houstonian Hotel, was the third "Houstonian Lite" club in Greater Houston, and it was scheduled to open in mid-to-late March 2006. It had been under construction since December 2005. The owner of the Wells Fargo building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Metropolitan Tower Realty Company Inc., and the building manager and lessor, Lincoln Property Co., developed the health club.
The Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston is located in Suite 1900. At one point the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston was located in Suite 5300 and later Suite 2300; as of 2008 the consulate now resides in 2 Houston Center. At one point the Consulate-General of Switzerland in Houston resided in Suite 5670; the mission, which at a later point moved to Two Allen Center, no longer exists.
The office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas is located in Suite 2300.
Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Houston at Suite 1900
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