Houston First Corporation and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau are now in their new home in Partnership Tower, the 10-story office building that connects to the north end of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The new building looks out at Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green and the downtown skyline. It is attached to the GRB via sky bridge and adjoins a 1,900-space parking garage that will also serve the forthcoming Marriott Marquis Houston.
Monday, September 12, was moving day for most employees, who will be housed on the second, fourth, sixth and eighth floors. Although the building is not completely finished, it was a smooth transition and most of the boxes and moving crates have been emptied as the new offices take shape.
Also sharing space in the new building is the Greater Houston Partnership. The business organization occupies the top two floors, which also includes a large outdoor terrace designed to showcase Houston to meeting planners, business leaders and other dignitaries from around the world.
Future plans include adding the offices of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority and the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston, as well as retail space on the ground floor and a 400-room hotel above the garage, which will also be connected to the GRB by sky bridge as are the Hilton Americas-Houston and Marriott hotels.
"Moving into our new building is an important step, as we continue our efforts to re-imagine Avenida de las Americas as a walkable entertainment district for visitors and residents," said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First. "This is a new day in the development and transformation of Avenida Houston.
"Being housed under the same roof of our partner organization creates the opportunity for synergy and gives us all a much stronger hand in promoting Houston to the world."
The new address for Houston First is 701 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010. The main phone number for Houston First is unchanged at 713.853.8100. The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau will use 713.853.8100 and its address will also be 701 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010.