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Williams Tower near Houston’s Galleria mall plans lobby renovation

Williams Tower, a prominent office building in Houston’s Uptown/Galleria area, is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation of its lobby.

Building permits issued by the city of Houston say that $3.1 million is expected to be spent to upgrade the tower’s entrance space.

Records filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation say the project will involve renovations to the existing lobby areas on the building’s first floor and part of an existing build-out on the second floor.

The remodel will affect 22,982 square feet in the 64-story, 238,406-square-foot building.

Williams Tower is located at 2800 Post Oak Blvd., near the intersection of West Alabama Street and Post Oak Boulevard.

The building permits were issued to Houston-based O’Donnell/Snider Construction. Houston’s Ziegler Cooper Architects is listed as the designer.

Williams Tower is owned by Houston-based Invesco. Rents in the building, which was built in 1983, start at $30 per square foot, according to a listing on Loopnet.com.

Houston Business Journal has reached out to Invesco, O’Donnell/Snider Construction and Ziegler Cooper Architects for comment.

Williams Tower was previously owned by Houston-based developer Hines, which also offices in the building. Hines announced last year that it plans to move out of Williams Tower once the company’s new 47-story, 1 million-square-foot downtown office tower is completed in 2021. The new tower will be known as Texas Tower and will be anchored by Hines and Vinson & Elkins.

The law firm signed a 16-year lease for 212,000 square feet over the top seven floors, and Hines will occupy 155,000 square feet across five floors in a 15-year lease

Hines is partnering on the Texas Tower project with Ivanhoé Cambridge, a Canada-based real estate investment company.

Williams Tower landed a marquee tenant last year, with the announcement that CBRE was moving its 300 Houston employees into 77,000 square feet in the building.

CBRE occupies the entire fifth floor of Williams Tower and portions of the second and fourth floors. CBRE’s new office is filled with a dozen different workplace options. There are huddle rooms, or small, semiprivate gathering rooms, and an open-concept lounge and collaboration areas, among others spaces.

CBRE also handles leasing for Williams Tower.