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Aug. 7, 2014

MetroNational Announces Grand Opening of the Treehouse in Memorial City

By Liviu Oltean, Associate Editor

The Treehouse in Memorial City

MetroNational recently announced the completion and grand opening of the Treehouse Memorial City, a two-story, 14,700-square-foot structure designed to emphasize Houston’s architectural prowess and innovation. Acting as an office, general meeting point and showroom, the Treehouse will be home to all of Memorial City’s current and future development activities, including master planning, architecture, construction and interior design.

Aptly named, the structure has an impressive array of green features: a geothermal cooling and heating system, daylight harvesting lights and a green roof complete with solar panels, a rainwater collection system, a wind turbine and a rooftop garden. In addition, the design mirrors the outdoors through such features as use of interior columns wrapped in custom-made tree-like woodwork and conference room tables made from tree trunks. The quaint development offers on-demand wireless connectivity, wireless screen sharing and interactive whiteboards, and a lobby with monitors that track the weather, traffic and various other metrics. All in all, MetroNational’s treehouse is well on its way toward receiving LEED Platinum certification.

As we reported, Memorial City is a 265-acre mixed-use development that runs along the Interstate 10 corridor. It encompasses approximately 7.6 million square feet of developed real estate, including the 1.7 million-square-foot Memorial City Mall, The Westin Memorial City Hotel and the Memorial Hermann Medical Center, the second-largest medical campus in the Houston metro area.

“We take pride in being market leaders and adopting advanced environmental standards and practices that demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility. The Treehouse is an inspiring environment that ignites imagination and serves as a creative collaboration center for us and our valued partners,” said Glenn Fuhrman, AIA, vice president of design & construction at MetroNational. “We are proud that the Treehouse is a highlight of our continuing sustainability efforts and the company’s dedication and emphasis to building for the future.”

Photo courtesy of MetroNational

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