Cassidy Turley to Lead Leasing Efforts for Allen Center; Renovations Kick off at Hines’ 600 Travis Sky Lobby

Brookfield Office Properties tapped Cassidy Turley to provide project leasing services for Allen Center, a 3.1-million-square foot, class A office complex in downtown Houston.

Brookfield Office Properties has tapped Cassidy Turley to provide project leasing services for Allen Center, a 3.1 million-square-foot, multi-building, Class A office complex in downtown Houston.

“We could not be more excited to get started and work with the Brookfield team to expand the roster of exceptional tenants at Allen Center,” said John Pruitt, the Cassidy Turley executive managing director who will handle leasing for Allen Center, along with managing director Eric Siegrist and senior vice president Jessica Ochoa. “Providing project leasing services for a true trophy asset in a thriving market like Houston is an extraordinary opportunity.”

With an address of 1200 Smith St. in Houston’s CBD, Allen Center consists of three office buildings: One Allen Center, a 34-story, 993,000-square-foot outfit located at 500 Dallas St.; Two Allen Center, a 36-story building featuring 996,000 square feet at 1200 Smith St.; and Three Allen Center, a 50-story high-rise totaling 1.2 million square feet at 333 Clay St.

With Allen Parkway as its western gateway, Allen Center offers direct access to the freeway system and panoramic views of the beautifully landscaped environs. Additionally, the property features premier amenities including an on-site food court, numerous tenant support services, a large central courtyard and a connection to Houston’s downtown tunnel system.

“We look forward to collaborating with Cassidy Turley’s team on leasing efforts for Allen Center,” commented Clint Bawcom, vice president of leasing for Brookfield, Houston’s largest CBD office owner. “Brookfield will continue to lease the remainder of its 8 million-square-foot Houston CBD portfolio, while Cassidy Turley concentrates on this landmark asset.”

The master-planned development is the largest new leasing assignment awarded this year to Cassidy Turley’s Texas division.

Meanwhile, the Houston office of Hines, along with partner and building owner Prime Asset Management, has kicked off renovations of the two-story sky lobby at 600 Travis (formerly JPMorgan Chase Tower), also downtown.

Designed by Gensler, the new space will showcase new museum-quality wood flooring instead of carpet, a new ceiling with more design and lighting features, added seating and new video displays. Offering the highest public view of Houston from the sky lobby’s 60th floor, the observation deck is currently closed for overhauling and is expected to reopen in early 2014.

Developed by Hines in 1982, the 75-story tower is Texas’ tallest office building. The property features 1.7 million square feet of office space and is currently 91 percent occupied, according to company statements.