Plans announced for Big Brothers Big Sisters Houston headquarters building

09/24/2014 | Three Square Design Group

The Houston office of Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced plans for its new headquarters building, with architect Three Square Design Group, Bury and others providing pro bono services of more than $250,000.

The three-story contemporary office building will be prominently located on Houston’s popular Washington Avenue, across the street from the City of Houston Permitting Center. The building will include a three-story atrium, an open-air top-floor balcony and unparalleled views of downtown. A color-changing three-story feature wall will make the building one of Houston’s new iconic landmarks, noticeable from the Pierce Elevated and surrounding areas. Sustainability and green technology are a top design and construction priority.

The chapter’s new headquarters will provide work space for staff and interaction areas for children and adults matched in a mentoring relationship. In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters had 1,997 mentoring matches. The new building will help the agency reach their goal of serving more than 3,000 youth by 2018.

“We couldn’t be happier to put our resources behind an organization as meaningful as Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Three Square Design Group principal Jake Donaldson. “This building will give the organization what it needs to reach its next level of success, and will give the Washington Corridor and all of Houston a new building to be proud of.”

The Houston office of Big Brothers Big Sisters, led by executive vice president and market leader Pierce Bush, has assembled a team from across the commercial real estate industry to provide these pro bono services. Contributors include Three Square Design Group as architect, Bury for civil, landscape, structural and MEP engineering, Rice University School of Architecture in conjunction with Agency-Agency for schematic design, Earth Engineering for geotechnical services, Rogers O’Brien for construction estimating, Triten Real Estate Partners for development services and All City Permits for permitting.

The new facility is scheduled to break ground first quarter of 2015.