Miner-Dederick will feel at home on site at 1000 Main. The firm has worked for the last 24 months as general contractor on the 37-floor office tower soon to be complete. John Miner, CEO of Miner-Dederick, commented, "We're proud to be a part of the downtown renaissance with 1000 Main and Main Street Square. These projects are destined to have as much impact as Greenway Plaza or Allen Center did when we built them in the 70s and 80s."
Robert Eury, president of Central Houston Civic Improvement Inc., owner of the publicly funded project, commented, "It will truly be a landmark public space. The Square is strategically located in the heart of downtown... It's the absolute heart of the city. That's why we were motivated to do the project because we realized it was appropriate to create such a public place on such an important site."
Three branches of the underground tunnel system converge at 1000 Main, where escalators will take pedestrians to street level into the square. The area will also be home to two light rail station platforms at 900 and 1100 Main. The first Metrorail trains are scheduled to begin running on Main Street in February 2004. The Plaza is scheduled to be complete in January, at which time visitors will be able to dine, shop and enjoy magnificent landscaping and water features.
The centerpiece of the Square will be a block long water fountain and reflection pool that will include a state-of-the-art, choreographed light show highlighting 61 "pop" water jets that will arch over the top of the Metrorail track. The track itself will be slightly elevated above the reflection pool, providing the illusion that the train rides on water. Granite benches and paving accompanied by seasonal landscaping will provide a pleasing environment for taking in the water and light show.
The design of the Square was created by nationally known architects Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn, best known for their work on Battery Park City in New York. Architectural lighting design was created by Fisher Marantz Stone, the firm that created the World Trade Center lighting tribute for the victims of September 11th.
The project is part of Houston's ongoing effort to create a pedestrian-friendly downtown. Much of this effort is led by Central Houston Civic Improvement Incorporated. In fact, the private, non-profit business organization spearheaded efforts for City Council's approval of the project. The project was approved by Houston City Council last August by an overwhelming majority.
Miner-Dederick Construction is a general contractor most known for building high-rise office buildings. Since 1947, the company has built virtually every kind of building including places where people live, work, learn, pray and play.
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