1994
Global
Height rank

BG Group Place

Houston
Height 192.7 m / 632.3 ft
Floors 46
Official Name

The current legal building name.

BG Group Place
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

MainPlace
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2011
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Address
Postal Code
77002
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

office
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete
Energy Label
LEED Platinum
Official Website
Architectural

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

192.7 m / 632.3 ft
To Tip

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

195 m / 639.8 ft
Occupied

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

179 m / 587.2 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

46
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

1109
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

23
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

117,324 m² / 1,262,865 ft²
Rankings
#
1994
Tallest in the World
#
314
Tallest in North America
#
16
Tallest in Houston
#
902
Tallest Office Building in the World
#
182
Tallest Office Building in North America
#
163
Tallest Office Building in United States
#
16
Tallest Office Building in Houston
#
1034
Tallest Concrete Building in the World
#
123
Tallest Concrete Building in North America
#
97
Tallest Concrete Building in United States
#
3
Tallest Concrete Building in Houston
Construction Schedule
2007

Proposed

2008

Construction Start

2011

Completed

Architect
Design

Usually involved in the front end design, with a "typical" condition being that of a leadership role through either Schematic Design or Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Other Consultant

Other Consultant refers to other organizations which provided significant consultation services for a building project (e.g. wind consultants, environmental consultants, fire and life safety consultants, etc).

Owner
Hines CalPERS Green Fund
Architect
Design

Usually involved in the front end design, with a "typical" condition being that of a leadership role through either Schematic Design or Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Architect of Record

Usually takes on the balance of the architectural effort not executed by the "Design Architect," typically responsible for the construction documents, conforming to local codes, etc. May often be referred to as "Executive," "Associate," or "Local" Architect, however, for consistency CTBUH uses the term "Architect of Record" exclusively.

Kendall / Heaton Associates
Structural Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Ingenium Inc
MEP Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Wylie & Associates
Contractor
Main Contractor

The main contractor is the supervisory contractor of all construction work on a project, management of sub-contractors and vendors, etc. May be referred to as "Construction Manager," however, for consistency CTBUH uses the term "Main Contractor" exclusively.

D.E. Harvey Builders
Other Consultant

Other Consultant refers to other organizations which provided significant consultation services for a building project (e.g. wind consultants, environmental consultants, fire and life safety consultants, etc).

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Americas 2012 Award of Excellence

2012 CTBUH Awards

CTBUH Initiatives

BG Group Place Chosen as Featured Building

15 March 2013 - Featured Building

About BG Group Place

As one of the few new high-rise buildings to be constructed in Houston, BG Group Place provides pleasant work spaces, occupiable urban green areas, and direct and easy access to developing and existing forms of public transportation. The revitalization of Houston’s Main Street district has been an ongoing effort, which the new tower contributes to.

The building is Texas’ first LEED Core & Shell Platinum-certified building, obtaining its status though a variety of building elements and strategies. Transportation is a huge contributor to the sustainability of the building, the site location providing a variety of options for occupants. Located in the heart of Houston’s Central Business District, the tower was able to directly connect to the METRO light rail expansion, as well as Houston’s unique pedestrian tunnel system. It is served by 16 Park-&-Ride locations and nearby highways, but also provides bike storage and locker-room facilities. A nine-story parking garage makes up the podium of the building, atop which sits an occupiable green roof, offering views of the surrounding city fabric. This area provides a new amenity to building occupants which is not typically available.

A five-story “sky garden” is located on the 39th floor, creating a void in the overall form of the tower. The sky garden creates a fully planted terrace which wraps around an interior atrium that glows at night as the main feature of the building. This area also includes three observation decks as well as seating and planted areas. Aesthetically, the notch breaks the tower from being a simple formal extrusion and creates a unique and identifiable feature.

To mitigate solar gain from the Texas sun, horizontal glass and aluminum sunshades wrap around the curved north and south façades of the building, creating a textured façade. On the west face, vertical sunshades were employed to combat the evening sun’s rays, reaching nearly to the top of the building. Additionally, the corners of the building are notched to create eight corner offices per floor which are shaded by the building’s geometry, but allow views of the city.

The approach to the building is thickly planted, providing shade to the adjacent sidewalks and creating a pleasant experience to passers-by and visitors. The building has 1,115 square meters of retail space at the ground level, connected to many other retail opportunities though the pedestrian tunnel system. Each tower floor plate provides a flexible 2,500 square meter area served by 18 high-speed elevators.

Sited on a plot which originally had several dilapidated and asbestos-treated structures, the plan for the building required the demolition and remediation of these buildings before construction of the new tower could begin. The structure of the building is lightweight concrete, one of the first applications in Houston in over 40 years. This system reduced the overall weight of the building, decreasing construction time, basement depth, and cost. The building is thoroughly monitored to allow for energy efficiencies in its usage, including motion detectors for lighting fixtures, tenant occupancy monitors to determine system needs, and CO detectors in parking garages to measure ventilation needs.

The building has numerous sustainable features including condensate recovery systems for reduced water demand, but the addition of the tower to Houston’s skyline is also significant in that it is one of few new tall structures to be built since the 1980s.

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Americas 2012 Award of Excellence

2012 CTBUH Awards