Bridgeland Breaks Ground on First Mass Timber Office Building in Greater Houston
Source: Bridgeland

Bridgeland Breaks Ground on First Mass Timber Office Building in Greater Houston

May 09 2024

Bridgeland, one of Texas's top-selling communities, has broken ground on One Bridgeland Green, Greater Houston’s and Howard Hughes’ first mass timber office building. The groundbreaking event marks the introduction of the first office development within Bridgeland Central, the emerging 925-acre urban district.

Located within the 70-acre Village Green at Bridgeland Central, One Bridgeland Green, a 49,000-square-foot, Class A office building typifies the commitment of Howard Hughes to innovation and sustainable design. "We are experiencing tremendous leasing momentum as companies look to locate and expand into communities where a long-term approach to office development incorporates both resilient design and innovative strategies that promote an enhanced quality of life," said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for Howard Hughes.

One Bridgeland Green will be constructed using 1,700 cubic meters of Spruce-Pine-Fir, Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT) decking, and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) shear walls. Its construction will emphasize sustainability, with additional materials including low-carbon concrete, and zinc cladding supplemented with renewable-energy and high-performance systems designed to reduce the overall carbon emissions associated with the lifecycle of the building.

An interior view of the upcoming One Bridgeland Green in Bridgeland. (Source: Bridgeland)

Designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Fitwel Certifications, the building is expected to reduce annual energy usage by 25% and lower municipal water consumption by 80%. This is aided by a 10,000-gallon rainwater harvesting cistern which will recycle rainwater and HVAC condensate, coupled with the benefits of implementing native vegetation and using water-efficient fixtures. Technological advancements such as electric vehicle charging stations and photovoltaic rooftop panels will incorporate renewable energy into the building’s programming.

Bridgeland Central, located at the heart of Bridgeland and at the center of all four villages, will incorporate office, retail, restaurants, medical, hospitality, and residential offerings. Bridgeland Welcome Center and Howard Hughes’ Bridgeland team will relocate to One Bridgeland Green to support the anticipated growth over the future decades. Additional leases will be announced in the coming months.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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