October 2, 2014

Strategically expanding its presence in Texas, HKS opened a full-service, multi-sector office in Houston.  

The office is located at 712 Main Street, Suite 1200, at the JP Morgan Chase Bank Building, which is owned by Lionstone Investments. The office suite is the first in the building designed to achieve Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ green building rating system, LEED™ for Commercial Interiors v2009. 

A leader among worldwide architectural design firms, HKS is recognized for its unique ability to create and deliver buildings of distinction through award-winning architectural, planning, structural engineering and interior design services.

“The greater Houston metropolitan area is one of the largest, most diverse in the nation and one of the fastest growing,” said Dan Noble, president and CEO, HKS, Inc. “It is estimated that the city’s population will grow by 64 percent by 2025 – or 3 million people. Houston is home to the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions as well as being one of the country’s busiest ports.” 

HKS has designed projects in Houston since the 1960s, completing more than 50 throughout the region. As the largest Texas-based architectural firm, HKS draws from its rich 75-year knowledge base to focus on creating places that enhance the human experience. 

During the 1980s the firm focused on commercial buildings such as the 26-story Phoenix Tower and the 12-story One Commerce Green. 

The 1990s brought a new focus on healthcare projects in the Houston area, with Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and a major expansion of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center campus in the Texas Medical Center. 

Jason Schroer, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, associate principal with HKS, will serve as director of the new office. For more than 19 years, Jason has specialized in designing and planning large, complex projects. He is a practice leader overseeing a vast range of project types, primarily focusing on healthcare-related facilities. 

“With the new millennium, HKS has grown internationally, expanding to 27 worldwide offices. We are able to draw upon the strengths of each office with our one firm culture to better serve our clients in the area,” said Schroer. “Our primary sector offerings include arts and entertainment, aviation, convention centers, corporate/office, education, healthcare, government, hospitality, residential, science and technology and sports and entertainment. 

“Right now, the firm is engaged in sports work with Rice University; science and technology and healthcare projects for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and MD Anderson Cancer Center; as well as several commercial projects including 6 Houston Center with Crescent and San Felipe Place with  Hines,” he continues. “We look forward to continuing to grow and thrive in Houston, working in tandem with our clients.”

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in Texas in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,498 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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