717 Texas in Houston, Texas. Courtesy Hines.



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design of a 33-story Class-A office building in downtown Houston. The development includes 22 office levels totaling more than 600,000 square feet and two trading floors topped with a rooftop terrace. Parking for 1,200 cars are on two below-grade levels and nine above grade. The building is constructed of a concrete-framed structure and shear walls on an eight-foot thick concrete mat foundation.

When this project received its Platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2010, it was the first high-rise building in the state of Texas to achieve this designation.

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