Since we are obsessed with improving the process for finding office space in Houston, it is only natural we also love finding really cool and unique spaces. Every week, we are going to feature a new office space in Houston and our first feature is Primer Grey. Primer Grey is a marketing design firm in Houston and they office in East Downtown Houston (the hip people call it EaDo).
This week we are featuring the office of New Regional Planning, a full service real estate strategy and consulting firm based in Houston. I had heard through the grapevine that New Regional Planning had one of the most unique offices in the entire city, and we were lucky enough to be able to stop by and take a peak. It didn’t disappoint.
We had been anxiously waiting to go visit 8th Wonder Brewery; especially after all the press they had been receiving from Swamplot and CultureMap in Houston lately. We met one of the Co-Founders, Ryan Soroka at their newly leased location in downtown Houston (specifically Eado). You could see the excitement brewing (sorry couldn’t help it…) as he unlocked the door and rolled up the metal bay doors to his soon to be converted industrial space in Houston.
How's this for a traditional bank? Frost Bank opened state-of-the-art branch in Rice Village, which made for another of the more interesting new Houston commercial properties. Here's the kicker, it's not just a place for banking transactions, but can serve as an alternate location for businesses, organizations, and boards to hold special events and meetings. This kind of complex shows how cutting edge properties can diversify and get the most use out of a single location.
This week we are featuring the Houston downtown office space of integratePR, a local public relations and social media firm located on Vine Street in EaDo Houston. TheSquareFoot had the pleasure of visiting integratePR's offices, located in a refurbished industrial-style complex with a historical look and feel. The building, named Vine Street Studios, was originally the Union Transfer and Storage Building built in 1917 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. There is a total of 57,500 square feet of net rentable office/studio space, plus 25,000 square feet of rentable basement space, for a total of 82,500 square feet. Allie Herzog, Founder and President of integratePR was nice enough to give us a tour of her second story downtown Houston office which has an open concept, exposed air conditioning and lighting ducts, and is encased in red brick.[gallery link="file"]
For an old-school oil and gas town, there is no shortage of awesome office spaces. The coolest thing is no matter how many great spaces we find, they all have their own unique energy and locations. This weeks feature is Culture Pilot, who is accelerating the design and marketing culture in Houston. Not only is their client list impressive (National Geographic and Style channel - to name a couple), but their commitment to Houston and the community is second to none. They work closely with organizations such as TEDx Houston, Support Local Grow Together. Their latest project is SURGE, a new energy accelerator in Houston. This is pretty exciting as this the first of its kind in Houston and has been a very successful model as TechStars, Y-Combinator, and Capital Factory have proved.
This week we are featuring Forthea, an internet marketing company that helps businesses and brands thrive online. Their office in Greenway is located on Alabama and embodies the creativity and spirit their firm creates for their clients. We love their name and one of the meanings of the Greek word "thea" is 'sight', so it quite literally means 'for-sight'. Not to be simple, you can see the additional meanings here.
Recently, we went on an adventure to the Blinds.com offices on Richmond off the Beltway in Houston. I am not sure what we expected, but we were blown away by the energy and creativity glowing throughout their office space.
This week TheSquareFoot is featuring the office of Green Business Bureau, which aims to aid companies and organizations to become environmentally friendly or "Go Green". Green Business Bureau believes that not only can green business practices and processes help protect the environment, they may also help a company improve its bottom line. We thought this was an awesome concept and wanted to check out the hub of this exciting Houston-based venture first hand. Located on the second story of the building housing Brian O'Neill's Pub, this unique setup for a Rice Village office in Houston looked ideal for a company full of so many young faces.
Recently we took a break from our efforts of bringing efficiency and transparency to Houston small businesses and entrepreneurs who were looking for space for their business. We ate at Sushi Pop located across from Memorial City Mall on I-10 and Bunker Hill because we had heard good things, and knew it was owned by the same group as Azuma and Uptown sushi. The sushi was delicious but we were surprised by the fantastic build-out and retail space. The inside was meticulously decorated and felt open and inviting. It is usually difficult to find a reasonably priced sushi retail establishments in Houston, which has awesome food and also great restaurant space, but Sushi Pop has our seal of approval!
For our first 2012 installment of office space of the week, we are featuring our friends over at Infinity Power Partners, an energy-consulting firm for large consumers of electricity or natural gas. Located in Three Post Oak Central in the Galleria area, Infinity's execs have matched a Galleria corporate & budding energy business culture with their love of big game hunting and flat screen TV's. When it comes to office space in Houston in the Galleria area, Infinity Power Partners has just about the best location possible with it's close proximity to 610 and all the Galleria retail that's within walking distance. Oh, and the views aren't too shabby either....
This week we are featuring the offices of a young Houston startup company, SupportChoice, Inc. Located on North Post Oak Rd. near Uptown Park, SupportChoice Founder and CEO Taylor Pipkin and his staff provide on-demand computer support via remote desktop control technology. Offering a host of services, SupportChoice is a great resource for those in need of technical support with the click of a button.
This week we're featuring a really unique space in the Houston Montrose area, where RedHouse Associates makes it home. Literally a red house, this Houston city landmark has been completely renovated on the inside and serves as the base to Houston's premier startup Incubator - which provides strategic advice and services to assist young companies in developing business plans, devising product strategies, growing sales organizations, and preparing senior management teams for raising capital and strategic exits.
We had the pleasure of touring CultureMap's Houston office space, located on Wood Street in East Downtown. Given CultureMap's hip and trendy vibe, our expectations were high and the offices did not disappoint. With hardwood floors and the sun shining through the windows, the space has a happy, warm tone. The main area of the space includes a spacious open room for the writers to work and a large kitchen, where almost any meal could be prepared. In the back is the living room type set up with great artwork and great looking (and very comfortable!) furniture. We finished off the tour in CultureMap CEO Stephen Newman's office and saw why CultureMap is inspired by great design.
This week we are featuring the offices of SnapStream TV Search, a television monitoring solution that lets you search, clip and save everything you can possibly record on TV. Jon Stewart from The Daily Show uses them to track news throughout the day and find clips for their shows. You can imagine without this technology how burdensome that process would be!
This week we feature the offices of Frankel Building Group, an award winning Houston custom home builder. Located in the heart of Tanglewood, this family business is run by President Jim Frankel and his two sons Kevin and Scott. Considering their reputation for building exquisite custom homes, we expected their headquarters to be pretty impressive and it certainly didn't disappoint.
We're excited to show you the offices of Chaione, Houston's premier mobile app development shop and active contributor to the local start up scene. Located in the 4900 Woodway Building, this 5000 plus square foot office space has some of the best views of downtown and the Galleria the city has to offer.
This week we show you the studio of m Architects. We'll let them take it from here:
We had the pleasure of visiting PKF Texas last week. We loved the energy and vice of their office space. One would typically think of an accountant's office space as somewhat dull and bland, but this was anything but!
What happens when you cross the Knights of the Roundtable, Dr. Strangelove, a New York City warehouse, a stock exchange trading floor and astroturf? If you work for London-based energy industry recruitment company Spencer Ogden, you'd see all of these contrasting and diverse influences in your new Houston office space.