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The joint venture of Rockefeller Group and Stonebridge today joined Clark Construction and their building crews to celebrate the topping out of 600 Fifth Street NW, the only new office building under construction in Washington, D.C. that is set to deliver over the next two years.

The 400,000-square-foot building, which is 50 percent pre-leased, is taking shape on the site of the former eight-story Metro headquarters. Stonebridge and Rockefeller Group completed a 99-year ground lease with Metro in June 2023, and immediately broke ground on the $375 million project. 

The redesign was planned by the international design architect Pickard Chilton.

“600 Fifth Street delivers a compelling next-generation workplace while contributing to the vitality of this great city,” added Jon Pickard, FAIA, Principal at Pickard Chilton.

Read more at Morningstar 

Plaza area of the RO in Houston, Texas

Nearly seven years after first announcing plans to build a massive mixed-use development in the Greenway-Upper Kirby area, Transwestern Development Co. is finally preparing to break ground.

Next month, Transwestern will begin construction work on The RO, a 17-acre development at 3120 Buffalo Speedway, near the corner of West Alabama Street and Buffalo Speedway.

That intersection is one of the most prominent and well-trafficked in the area. When it is completed in 2027, The RO, pronounced “row,” will include Houston’s first luxury Auberge Resorts Collection hotel with attached condo units, a sprawling retail village with up to eight restaurants, more than 700 multifamily units and creative office space.

To design the site, Transwestern assembled a "who's who" of prominent firms, with Connecticut-based architecture firm Pickard Chilton overseeing the master plan. For the multifamily and office design, Transwestern again hired Pickard Chilton as design architect.

“From the very beginning, the vision for the site was to create a mixed-use environment that doesn’t feel like it was all built at one time, with a sense of variety in the architecture and a shared palette of building textures inspired by River Oaks legacies,” said Anthony Markese, a principal at Pickard Chilton.

Read more at Houston Business Journal 

With the Ashley River as a backdrop, Highland Resources CEO Clark Davis accepted an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for excellence in land reuse for the Magnolia property on the upper peninsula.

Highland will be among the first to break ground. The company has hired architect Jon Pickard of the global architecture firm Pickard Chilton to design a 125,000-square-foot office complex that it will develop. The five-story waterfront workplace will be perched on "The Point," offering views up and down the Ashley and across to state-owned Charles Towne Landing. The goal is "to create the best-in-class office project that Charleston's ever seen," Davis said.

Read more at Post and Courier 

Northwestern Mutual’s $500 million renovation of the North Office building has surpassed local business and resident contracting goals, according to a quarterly report written in April.

Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt are leading interior and exterior renovations for the 540,000-square-foot North Office to mirror the Tower and Commons. Both buildings are on the insurance company’s campus in downtown Milwaukee. The project includes new connecting structures and a pedestrian plaza on Cass Street.

Read more at DailyReporter 

Designed to resist horizontal forces like wind, the shear core for the 44-story Mutual of Omaha headquarters is seen rising in downtown Omaha Monday.

The future Mutual of Omaha headquarters tower will have a crucial wind-resistance feature built in. It’s a common feature in tall building architecture, but constructing it in what will be the region’s tallest building requires a specialized device.

Rising from anchors deep underground, a concrete box-like structure called a “shear core” is taking shape in the center of the construction site at 15th and Douglas Streets.

Read more at Omaha World Herald 

Scientists working in a bright and clean lab

Boston Properties has begun building an apartment tower that will become Cambridge's tallest building even as the region faces a construction slowdown. 

The project is part of a $1.2B redevelopment and partnership with Eversource that will include not only the residential tower but also two life sciences buildings and an underground substation, the Boston Business Journal reported. 

The 16-story life sciences buildings at 290 and 300 Binney St. total 810K SF and are 100% pre-leased to AstraZeneca and the Broad Institute. In November, BXP sold a 45% stake in the life sciences buildings to Norges Bank Investment Management in a deal that values them at $1.7B. 

Read more at Bisnow