Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston’s largest health system, opened a new 17-floor critical care tower at its Texas Medical Center hospital.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s new tower, dubbed the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion, began accepting emergency room patients effective Feb. 20, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Susan and Fayez Sarofim, the billionaire behind Houston-based investment firm Fayez Sarofim & Co., donated $25 million for the project — the largest gift Memorial Hermann had ever received when it was announced in February 2018. The Sarofim Pavilion was part of a roughly $700 million renovation and expansion project at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, according to Memorial Hermann.

“The Sarofim Pavilion enables Memorial Hermann to stay ahead of the fast-growing advances in medicine, keep pace with the extraordinary growth of the greater Houston metropolitan region and, most importantly, meet the health needs of our community for years to come,” David Callender, president, and CEO of Memorial Hermann said in a news release.

The new 17-floor tower has more than 140 patient rooms; 24 operating rooms, including three hybrid ORs; a 335-seat cafeteria dubbed the Arboretum Café; and 900 new parking spots. Sarofim Pavilion also is the new home of the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC — one of two adult Level 1 trauma centers in Houston.

Operations for Memorial Hermann’s air ambulance service, Life Flight, moved on top of the new tower. The new John S. Dunn Heliport is 10,000 square feet larger than the old helipad and is capable of handling the weight of a Black Hawk helicopter.

“As the Houston community is growing by leaps and bounds, the need for access to quality health care increases exponentially,” Susan Sarofim, chair of the Memorial Hermann Foundation board between 2015 and 2017, said in the release. “Memorial Hermann has stepped up to the plate to deliver a new facility with greatly increased patient capacity and state-of-the-art equipment. Fayez and I are so proud to support Memorial Hermann as the health system continues to deliver award-winning, innovative care to the Houston community.”

Construction began on the Memorial Hermann-TMC expansion in 2015. The building of Sarofim Pavilion took over 5,500 workers and 3.5 million man-hours, according to Memorial Hermann. Houston-based Vaughn Construction served as the project’s general contractor.


Sempra LNG has subleased 66,772 SF at 1500 Post Oak Blvd., an office tower in Uptown Houston.  Paul Penland and Graham Horton with CBRE Houston were brokers for the subtenant. Tim Relyea and Morgan Relyea Colt with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc. were brokers for the sublandlord, BHP.

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HaiDiLao Hotpot has leased 6,295 SF of restaurant space in Katy Grand at Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway/TX 99, Houston, from NewQuest Properties. Heather Nguyen and Rebecca Le of NewQuest represented the landlord. Pierre Yu, an independent Houston broker, represented the tenant.

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Lee & Associates – Houston represented Southern Star Buske, LLC in the sale of 18 acres on Conroe Park West Drive in Conroe. Mike Spears and Trey Erwin of Lee & Associates – Houston represented the buyer.

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Bk Yale, Ltd. sold an 8,200 SF office on 0.54 acre to Cedar Street Partners, LP, 204 W. 19th St., Houston. Scott Carter with CBRE Houston was the buyer’s representative and Matthew Berry and Robbie Kilcrease, also with CBRE Houston, where the seller’s representatives.

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Pearland Group Investments has purchased 6.15 acres at 14923 Hooper Road, Pearland, from Thao Hoang. Brad LyBrand of NewQuest Properties represented the seller. Steve Dome of Marathon Realty Advisors represented the buyer.

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Othon, Inc. has obtained a new 13,761 SF office lease at 575 North Dairy Ashford in Houston. The tenant’s brokers were Gary Lawless and Dustin Cruz with Cresa. Steve Rocher and Kristen Rabel with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, I-10 EC Corridor #2 Limited Partnership.

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Lee & Associates – Houston represented Williams Brothers Construction Company in the sale of 15.32 acres on Highway 90 in Houston. Frank Blackwood and Trey Erwin of Lee & Associates – Houston represented the seller and Stephen Schneidau with Cushman & Wakefield Houston represented the buyer, IDEA Public Schools.

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ACF Pyrotechnic, LLC, secured a lease for 13,010 SF of industrial space at 2413 South Houston in Pasadena, Texas. Doc Perrier with Finial Group represented the tenant.

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Holman Fenwick WillianUSA has renewed an office lease for 21,074 SF at 5151 San Felipe in Houston and plans to expand. Drew Morris and Jim Bell with Savills were brokers for the tenant.  Jason Presley and Warren Savery with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, Granite Barnhart Sage Plaza, LP.

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Global development and construction firm Skanska has announced that its new Bank of America Tower in downtown Houston received a three-star rating from Fitwel, a certification system for optimizing building design and operations to support human health and well-being.

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Chemical & Engineering, Inc. has renewed an office lease for 8,813 SF at 2100 Space Park Drive in Houston. Missy Downey with CBRE in Houston represented the tenant while Ace Schameus and Jenny Seckinger with Colliers were brokers for the landlord, TechTrans International, Inc.

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The Woodlands-based adWhite Marketing & Design has relocated its headquarters to the Magnolia Crossing development in Magnolia, Texas. Lease negotiations were handled by Newcor Commercial Real Estate. Ryan Dierker and Matt Gonzales of Newcor represented the tenant with the acquisition of 1,521 SF of office space at 33300 Egypt Lane.

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HRD Interests, LLC,  purchased an 11,187 SF structure on .72 acre at 2409 Airline Drive, Houston, from Sam A. Messina, trustee of the Lillie G. Messina Exempt Bypass Trust. Chris Dray and Alex Wright of NewQuest Properties represented the buyer. Pam Messina of Messina Properties represented the seller.

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Newmark Knight Frank has been involved in a number of recent real estate transactions, including the following four in Houston:

Owens & Minor Distribution, Inc. has renewed a 124,044 SF industrial lease at the Owens & Minor Building, 2700 Brittmoore Road. Jim Cooksey and Adam Faulk of NKF were agents for the tenant. Outside agents came from Stream Realty Partners and G&I IX Kempwood, LLC, the landlord for the property.

Interface EAP has extended its office lease for 5,017 SF at 2424 Wilcrest Drive. Greg Marconi of NKFwas an agent for the tenant. LandPark Commercial’s agents were also involved. The landlord is Sunblossom Wilcrest 2424, LLC.

Derby Management, LLC has obtained an office sublease for 4,337 SF at 675 Bering Drive. Philip Price of NKF as an agent for the tenant. Representatives from Cushman & Wakefield were also involved. The landlord is Encino Energy, LLC.

Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation has extended its office lease for 1,451 SF at West Loop I, 6565 West Loop South in Bellaire. Garrison Efird was the NKF agent for the tenant. Others from Pacific Oak Capital Advisors and PM Realty Group were also involved. The landlord is Keppel-KBS West Loop I and II, Inc.

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HSF Affiliates, LLC, has renewed its lease for 5,686 SF at 11000 Richmond Ave., Houston. Ashley Casterlin with Davis Commercial was a broker for the tenant. Kristen Rabel, Steve Rocher and Nina Seyyedin with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, Woodbranch 11000 LLC.

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JLL Capital Markets announced it arranged a $20 million refinancing for Sam Houston Crossing II, a 160,000 SF office property in northwest Houston.JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, Buchanan Street Partners, to secure the five-year, 4.0% loan with East West Bank. The JLL Capital Markets team representing the borrower was led by John Ream and Laura Sellingsloh.

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Parsons Mcentire McCleary, PLC, has renewed its office lease for 6,473 SF at One Riverway, Houston. Jim Bailey at Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant. Kristen Rabel, Parker Duffie and Marilyn Guion with CBRE in Houston represented the landlord, Riverway Holdings, LP, South Post Oak.

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Hackbarth Delivery Service, Inc. has obtained an industrial lease for 49,701 SF at 1350 Salford Drive, Houston, for its new location. Harper Gully with CBRE in Houston was a broker for the tenant. Ed Bane with Bridge Commercial Real Estate was a broker for the landlord, Stonelake Capital Partners.

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Cornil-Rowan Houston Ltd. sold a 29,250 SF industrial property on 2.31 acres at 300 Bammel Westfield in Houston to Archway Properties, LPBill Rudolf and Kyle Golding with CBRE Houston were the seller’s representatives. The buyer represented themselves.

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Lee & Associates – Houston represented Nazar Invest, Inc. in the sale of a 7,000 SF of industrial property at 15015 Fondren Road in Missouri City, Texas. Preston Yaggi and Cameron Hicks of Lee & Associates – Houston represented the seller and Brett Dishman with Boyd Commercial, LLC, represented the buyer, Jacob Ponniah.

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Ravago Americas, LLC, sold 220,000 SF of industrial property on 175 acres at 18314 Mathis Road in Waller, Texas, to LHG Real Estate, LLC. The seller’s representative was Jim Stark with CBRE Houston.

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Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, LLC, sold 69,908 SF of property on 6.4 acres at 5800 Surrey Square in Houston to Industrial Fabrics, Inc.

The seller’s representatives were Brendan Lynch, Darin Gosda and Glynn Mireles with CBRE in Houston.

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The Nancy Davis Kimbrell Trust sold 9.34 acres of land on Karalis Road in Houston to The Square. Darin Gosda with CBRE Houston was the seller’s representative. The buyer’s representative was Srini Gogineni with Prime Gain Realty. CBRE also handled the sale of nearly 10 acres to an adjacent ownership group.

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Partners recently arranged a 13,817 SF office lease renewal for planned expansion at Advance Energy Partners, LLC, 11490 Westheimer Road in Houston, Partners’ Dan Boyles represented the tenant while the landlord, Hertz Westchase Park Plaza, was represented by Kurt Kistler at Moody Rambin.

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Panjwani Energy Properties, LLC, has purchased a 0.43-acre tract at 5410 Laird St., Houston, from Little Gear LLC. Chris Dray of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord in the direct deal.

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Quail Corner, LLC, sold 7.61 acres of retail property at 2120 Texas Parkway in Missouri Center, Texas, to JTRE Holdings, LLC, which plans to redevelop the shopping center. Buyer representatives were Brian Ashby and Sydney Dixon with CBRE Houston.

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Phenix Salon Suites has obtained a new lease for 6,950 SF at 947 Gessner in Houston. Brian Ashby and Sydney Dixon with CBRE Houston represented the tenant. Brooks Shanklin with Edge Realty Partners represented the landlord, Blex Exchange, LP.

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Real Estate Transactions Elsewhere in Texas

NAI Partners Austin recently arranged a 2.78-acre land purchase for Spark Root Development & Construction at 8534 S. Congress Ave. in Austin. NAI Partners’ Troy Martin represented the buyer. Joe Willie McAllister of McAllister & Association represented the seller.

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NAI Partners San Antonio recently arranged the sale of more than 350 acres across two transactions. In the first, NAI Partners’ Brett Lum represented the seller in a 93.244-acre sale for SA Round Rock, LLC, at Green Valley Road in Cibolo, Texas. In the second, Partners’ Brett Lum and Carlos Marquez represented the buyer in a 260.22-acre sale for Oelkers at Country Road 445 in Hallettsville, Texas.

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Angela Chen, an associate in the retail division at Henry S. Miller Brokerage, and Jim Turano, an executive in the Office division, represented Walnut Hill McArthur, LLC, in the purchase of a 19,952 SF, one-story office building at 1320 West Walnut Hill in Irving. Tyler Maner and Tim Terrell with Stream Realty represented the seller, Walnut Hill Property, LP.  The buyer is an acupuncturist and plans to convert the building into a comprehensive and integrative alternative medical center.


Deal Sikes

Commercial property values in Houston should trend upward in 2020, as the region’s positive job growth will increase demand for development opportunities, according to Houston-based valuation firm Deal Sikes. Bisnow/Catie Dixon Matthew Deal and Mark Sikes DATACENTER INVESTMENT CONFERENCE & EXPO (DICE) SOUTH 2020 APRIL 9, 2020 | REGISTER NOW   FEATURED SPEAKER ROMELIA FLORES Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor, IBM “Houston’s commercial real estate values will be on a solid upswing in 2019,” Deal Sikes principal Matthew Deal said. “With Houston expected to gain population significantly in the next decade, the long-term forecast must include rising property prices that will be very impressive over the long haul.” The firm said rising land prices have pushed industrial development farther away from the center of the city, and outer suburban land prices have increased accordingly. But that hasn’t stopped development: More than 15M SF of warehouse and industrial space is under construction in the greater Houston area, the firm said. Meanwhile, property values in the urban core remain strong, as developers and builders locate buildings for redevelopment, or seek sites that are appropriate for new construction. “Multifamily construction is strong in Houston and researchers report more than 25,000 units are now under construction, although the pace is expected to be slightly more moderate in 2020 as the new inventory is absorbed,” principal Mark Sikes said.  “Investor demand is good and multifamily valuations have not yet peaked in most submarkets.” Though newer office buildings and Class-A towers under construction are leasing briskly, Houston’s office market is its most sluggish sector, according to the firm. The energy industry — a juggernaut in Houston’s leasing arena — is in the midst of a downturn, which is hurting growth. The healthcare sector is faring better. The firm identified the Texas Medical Center as a source of growth for Houston, pointing to the expansion of several hospitals and research facilities. “Although there are a few exceptions, the real estate market in Houston is headed for another good year,” Sikes said. “The region’s economy is healthy and although the energy industry is in a lackluster period, the overall economic outlook is outstanding.”


A beer tap is kept locked in a Washington, D.C., WeWork location

Bye Bye, Booze: WeWork Killing Kegs At North American Locations NationalCoworking January 27, 2020, Ethan Rothstein, East Coast Editor Bisnow/Ethan Rothstein A beer tap is kept locked in a Washington, D.C., WeWork location. WeWork’s free beer taps, one of the defining attributes of the halcyon days of the coworking company, are almost kicked. WeWork is phasing out free beer and wine at it North American locations, a spokesperson confirmed to Bisnow Monday. The company doesn’t have kegs at all of its 600-plus locations, but they were staples of WeWork’s earliest outposts, which were also its most successful, according to WeWork’s financial disclosures last year. By the end of February, the taps will all be phased out, the spokesperson said. Business Insider first reported the change Monday morning. “Data from an expanded member satisfaction survey we conducted last year indicated many of our members wanted a greater variety of beverage options, and we are pleased to roll out these expanded offerings, including a selection of cold brew, kombucha, seltzer, and cold teas, in response,” WeWork said in a statement. “As part of this beverage refresh, WeWork will also phase out on-tap alcoholic beverages in U.S. and Canada locations and aims to complete this process by the end of February.” The beer and wine taps are expected to be replaced with nonalcoholic options, rather than removed. The decision came as a result of new WeWork Chairman Marcelo Claure’s go-forward plan for the business, and was prompted by a member survey, not as a cost-cutting move, a WeWork source said. Booze will still be served at WeWork happy hours and other events, the source added. Alcohol was once a pillar of WeWork’s identity, from bottomless-drink member parties to CEO Adam Neumann’s infamous penchant for shots of tequila. But the company was sued in 2018 by a former executive who said she was sexually assaulted twice at WeWork events, which she claimed “center around partying and reflect the frat-boy culture that starts at the top.” That litigation is still ongoing and is in the discovery phase, according to New York State court records.  A month after the sexual harassment suit was filed, WeWork shifted its alcohol policy, from offering unlimited drinks and blatantly promoting consumption to a four-drink maximum. While the company claims cutting kegs isn’t about costs, its other recent stratagems have focused squarely on its blood-red balance sheet. After losing $1.25B in Q3 2019, WeWork nearly stopped leasing new spaces altogether in Q4, laid off 20% of its staff and has sold several previous acquisitions, including its stake in women-focused co-working company The Wing and digital meeting startup Teem in the last month.