While the coronavirus pandemic disrupts the lives and work of everyone in the United States, the Houston construction industry can breathe a sigh of relief – our work has been deemed essential and will continue, according to the recent “stay home, work smart” order issued by County Judge Lina Hidalgo. While civil and industrial construction is classified as essential to keep local infrastructure up and running during times of crisis, the order also exempts commercial construction from shutting down. While construction forges ahead in Houston, we’re taking a look at some of the major projects that are continuing in the Bayou City.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion
The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, a $450 million project, is set to open in November 2020 and will mark the completion of the museum’s multi-year expansion. The building will be specially dedicated to showcasing MFAH’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art. The addition adds 183,528 of square feet and will increase MFAH’s exhibition space by 75 percent, making the museum the fourth-largest in the nation in terms of display space, following New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nashville’s Frist Art Museum and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
1-69/West Loop Interchange Reconstruction
Topping the list of the Texas Department of Transportation’s most congested in Texas, the two freeway segments at I-69 and the 610 West Loop near the Galleria are a traffic hot spot – a fact that most Houstonians are well aware of. The $259 million reconstruction will widen connector ramps and provide remedies to eliminate dangerous weaving, increasing safety and mobility. While the project has another four years to go, the newly rebuilt interchange will be a welcome relief to Bayou City residents who are frustrated by the traffic in the area.
Pinto Business Park
Located in northwest Houston at the southwest corner of I-45 North and Beltway 8, Pinto Business Park is a 971-acre industrial park that will accommodate up to 7,000,000 square feet of distribution, manufacturing and corporate campus space when it’s completed. While the park is in still in development, it’s already welcomed some big-name tenants, including Grocers Supply Co. and an 855,000 square-foot Amazon fulfillment center that opened in 2017. The property is the largest contiguous tract of land inside Beltway 8 and outside the 500-year floodplain; when fully completed, the park will represent a potential investment of $9,000,000.
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