The Star

The Star

Anybody can go live in a shiny glass high-rise, but you can’t duplicate the look or character of a historic building. There’s just a unique vibe to it.”Development Partner Kip Platt, Provident Realty Advisors

A Star is Born: Historic Texaco office building readapted into luxury residences

This pre-World War II office building was the original headquarters for the Texaco oil company. The historic building, now called The Star, was readapted into 286 luxury apartments with the help of a 66,000-sf back-of-house expansion. The project team incorporated a self-standing moment frame system from Diversakore beam and column products, a hybrid system combining conventional reinforced concrete encased in a custom shaped steel plate shell (which also acts as steel reinforcing and a stay-in-place concrete form). DCI Engineers also designed the nine-story parking garage on the site.

 

Project Highlights

  • Added five high-ceiling apartments per floor with the Diversakore expansion.
  • Created a double-sided corridor which links the expansion to three parts of the older building (each constructed 20 years apart).
  • The moment frame system performs in high coastal wind conditions.
  • DCI pioneered the moment frame connections.

 

 

Location: 
Houston, Texas
Square Feet: 
476,000-SF
Stories: 
9-17
Primary Material: 
Concrete
Steel
Type: 
Structural
Sector: 
Commercial
Residential
Seismic

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