Skanska’s LEED Platinum Office Building Lands First Tenant
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
Skanska USA’s commercial development business unit in Houston has officially announced the first tenant lined up for its state-of-the-art 3009 Post Oak Blvd. building, currently under construction in the Uptown/Galleria submarket.
Datacert Inc.—a 15-year-old global company based in Houston that provides enterprise legal management solutions—plans on relocating its corporate headquarters to the building. The company has signed a long-term lease for 49,824 square feet on the 10th and 11th floors of the new building.
“Our decision to move was driven by the need for more space to accommodate our growth, as well as a desire to have a state-of-the-art workspace that will help us attract and retain top talent and present well to our world-class client base,” said Datacert CFO Alan Harding. “The innovative, green design of 3009 Post Oak Blvd. will provide our employees with an attractive work environment with lots of natural light that’s in a premier location near Houston’s top amenities.”
3009 Post Oak Blvd. will total 20 stories and 302,000 square feet, including 12 stories of office space sitting atop an eight-story parking garage. The building will feature an all-glass curtain wall façade, an expansive double-height ground-floor lobby and 25,000-square-foot floor plates that maximize space-planning efficiencies. The building skin and high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems are designed to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent for operational savings. In addition, the building will have a sophisticated lighting control system for the office and garage areas, as well as a water-saving rainwater collection system used for landscape irrigation.
The project is on track to deliver in summer 2013 and is pre-certified LEED Platinum, making it the only speculative office building of this level outside the Central Business District in Houston. Skanska USA Commercial Development acquired the site in October 2009 and is self-financing 100 percent of the development costs.
Image: 3009 Post Oak Blvd. brochure, courtesy of Skanska