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Calpine Center

Built: 2001-2003
Designed by: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 33
Maximum Height: 453 feet / 138 meters
Location: 717 Texas Avenue, Houston, United States
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A nice, substantial addition to the Houston skyline. The 32-story tower is flat on one side, and features a long curve on the other, effectively making this a two-sided object. Its curves are accentuated by a grid over blue glass, similar to Enron Center South, but with a little more oomph. 24 stories will be offices. The rest is a parking garage, and lobby.

  • 26 July, 2002 - The Calpine Center lands its first big tenant, other than Calpine, itself. The Houston Business Journal reports that the law firm of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has leased the top two floors of the building.
  • 5 June, 2003 - During a strong thunderstorm, insulating foam blocks are blown from the top of the not quite completed tower. They fall 32 stories to the street below, injuring no one.

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