Houston firm selected to redevelop UT Pickle property

Sep 26, 2013
Austin Business Journal

Houston-based Hines appears to have won the coveted assignment to redevelop the western parcels of the J.J. Pickle Research Center in Austin


The center is operated by the University of Texas, and UT Director of Real Estate Amy Wanamaker said Wednesday that Hines edged Catellus Development Corp. and Trammell Crow Co. for the assignment of master developer. The 109-acre PRC West tract is located at West Braker Lane and Mopac Expressway. The site includes the West Pickle Research Building, previously known as the MCC Building, and a smaller Imaging Research Center building


It’s unknown if Hines plans to demolish those buildings or work them into the master plan configuration. ABJ has inquiries into Hines for more details


Wanamaker also noted that Pickard Chilton, an architectural firm in New Haven, Conn., was selected as the lead architect for the project


It’s unknown if Pickard Chilton submitted with Hines on the original request for qualifications. However, Pickard Chilton has several significant projects finished or underway in Houston


The company designed the Exxon Mobil Corp. headquarters there and is currently designing a 41-story office building at 609 Main St. in downtown and the headquarters for BHP Billiton Petroleum


The selection of Hines and Pickard Chilton still must be approved by the UT Board of Regents


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