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600 Travis Street

Identification

600 Travis Street
JPMorgan Chase Tower, Texas Commerce Tower in United Energy Plaza, Texas Commerce Tower, Chase Tower
117680

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
composite structure
granite
curtain wall
light gray
modernism
active heating (unspecified)
yes

Usages

commercial office
shop(s) service branch(es) restaurant parking

Facts

  • When completed it was the tallest building outside New York and Chicago, and the seventh tallest building in the world.
  • Tallest five-sided building in the world.
  • The Joan Miro sculpture in its plaza is entitled Personage and Birds.
  • There is a two-story skylobby on the 60th floor with a free observation deck overlooking downtown and southwest Houston. It is open during business hours.
  • The JPMorganChase Tower is the tallest building in Texas.
  • Tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River from 1982-1990; surpassed by the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
  • The main lobby is a 5-story atrium on the diagonal side, facing the plaza. On the other sides the lobby is open to the tunnel system below.
  • This building lost over 4 dozen windows to 2005's Hurricane Rita, and in 2008 it lost 513 to Hurricane Ike. The damage caused by the latter storm was repaired over the course of 59 days at a cost of $5 Million.
  • For years, the roof was home to a helipad that was rarely, if ever used.
  • Miro's original "Personage and Birds" sculpture model is in the 60th floor skylobby along with two other sculptures that were considered for the plaza.
  • In the original design for this tower, 80 floors were to have been built. However, the floor count would be reduced to 75 because the FAA felt that 80 floors would place aircraft at risk flying in and out of William P. Hobby Airport.

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Location

600 Travis Street
77002
Downtown
Inner Loop East
Houston
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

1,002.01 ft
1,002.01 ft
1,002.01 ft
993.35 ft
197.24 ft
196.26 ft
75
1978
1982
192

Involved Companies


I.M. Pei & Partners
3D/International

MEP engineering, facade maintenance system supplier, facade supplier, facility management, general contractor, property management, shell construction, structural engineering, tenant, wind surveyor

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Atrium is present
  • Observation floor is available
  • Pedway access is available
  • Plaza is available to the public
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