Houston’s tallest building renamed JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tower

Houston's iconic building renamed JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tower
Image: Courtesy of Hines

600 Travis Street, an iconic office building in downtown Houston, will be renamed JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tower.

”600 Travis Street will now be known as JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tower after the new anchor tenant,” said Hines and Cerberus Capital Management in a statement. JPMorgan Chase signed the 250,000-square-foot lease in July which took the property to 90% leased.

Hines said the deal also marked a homecoming of sorts for employees, as the building was named the JPMorgan Chase Tower until 2006.

“JPMorgan Chase has deep roots in Houston going back 155 years,” said Meredith Beaupre, managing director and market leader for the bank in Houston. “With nearly 6,000 local employees, we’re deeply committed to Houston. Moving back into the Tower will afford JPMorgan Chase the opportunity to create a striking urban campus including both the city’s tallest tower and one of its most beautiful historic buildings in the city – 712 Main located just across the street.”

Hines originally developed the tower in 1982 for Texas Commerce Bancshares, which would later become JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Designed by New York-based I.M. Pei & Partners, the five-sided, polished gray granite structure contains more than 1.7 million square feet and is the tallest building in Texas at 75 stories. Hines has managed both JPMorgan Chase Tower and the adjacent 20-story 601 Travis Street for more than three decades. Comprised of 407,896 square feet, 601 Travis features a 7,000-square-foot fitness center available to tenants of both buildings, a 280-seat auditorium and 12 floors of parking.

JPMorgan Chase will relocate its Houston Technology Center to the Tower from 1111 Fannin. The bank’s local Technology Center employs over 1,500 technologists.

“JPMorgan Chase’s local software engineers help the company realize the power of AI, machine learning and cloud computing. We build new applications and infrastructure to protect us and our clients, reduce risk and fraud and to upgrade our customer service,” said Forest Duke, head of the Houston Technology Center. “Developing cutting edge technology is important to Houston’s future and to the operations of our company.”

Hines and Cerberus reacquired both the 600 and 601 Travis Street buildings in 2019 and soon launched a major transformation project, including significant updates to the first and second floor lobbies, access to the tunnels and the exterior plaza.

Hines Senior Managing Director John Mooz said, “The renaming of 600 Travis Street is an exciting milestone in our partnership with JPMorgan Chase. As one of the most iconic buildings in Houston, we are proud to bring back a name that is key part of our city’s history. Now, we look forward to completing our best-in-class transformation project which will modernize the building’s offerings and ensure a tenant experience commensurate with its status in Houston’s skyline.”

As part of the renovation, the plaza area will be transformed into a vibrant urban garden featuring increased green space and more connections between the outdoors and the building. In a tribute to the building’s iconic history, the reimagined lobby will feature a new glass pyramid entry, inspired by the Louvre Museum in Paris – a nod to the tower’s original architect – that creates a spacious lobby with immense natural light and biophilic qualities as the outdoors are brought in. Building security systems will be upgraded and enhanced to reflect the more modern office environment.

As additional tenant amenities, there will be a new two floor conference center including a large, versatile gallery space on the first floor and a state-of-the-art conference center on the second floor which can accommodate up to 150 people in various rooms. With the addition of retail to the lobby, the plaza will also be activated by new food and beverage offerings for tenants and visitors. The plaza space will allow for outdoor meetings and meals, collaborative sessions with colleagues, and more secluded spaces for contemplative time. The largest Joan Miró sculpture ever commissioned, entitled “Personage and Birds” will remain onsite.

Finally, the former Sky Lobby on the 60th floor will be redesigned as an exclusive “Sky Lounge” for tenants to enjoy. With comfortable, elegant furnishings and seating vignettes, tenants will be welcome to use this space as a “third place” for meetings and collaboration. Renovations are currently underway with completion slated for September 2021.