11000 Equity Drive

Houston, TX

Owner: Equity Drive LLP
Architect: Kirksey
$11.5 M
LEED Gold®
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Construction of a new three-story, 65,000 SF LEED-CS Gold building, as well as the interior fit-outs for four tenants. The $11.5 million project used state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge construction practices that enabled the work to be completed within budget while following an extremely aggressive schedule. The building, planning and technological innovations used during the construction are examples of innovative methods that will become industry standards.

Russell J. Wooten - Kirksey

Though our office has embraced BIM for many years, this was the first fully integrated project that started with the concept of BIM from rendering and documentation automation to 3D coordination, 4D cost estimating and 5D construction scheduling.

  • AIA National Inspirational BIM Pilot Project in the Technology in Architectural Practice
  • Texas Construction Best of Texas – Best Private Project of the Year
  • Houston Business Journal Landmark Award – Best Green Project
  • AGC Houston APEX Award – Best of the Best
  • AIA Architectural Honor Award
  • USGBC Houston Chapter – Best Environmental Team
Supported by a fully integrated BIM process, Satterfield & Pontikes built a project team dedicated to “better, faster, cheaper.” The team was able to increase speed, lower cost, and even improve the LEED certification level to Gold all while engaging in a near paperless environment. The speed with which this project was completed is impressive, it went from design to permitting to construction to occupancy in just ten months. In the end, the building beat the proposed schedule by almost 25%. There was just one RFI during construction, and every member of the team said they wanted to do it again.
This project was Houston’s first certified LEED Gold core and shell building completed in 2006. The building includes the following resource-saving features:

  • Moisture sensors in ground trigger sprinkler system, reducing water waste from typical automated sprinkler system
  • Efficient interior lighting with numerous windows allowing ample natural light to enter 
  • Aluminum sunshades around the outside of the building to reduce heating
  • An increased Solar Reflectance Index on the roofing system to reduce overall heat gain
  • A 30 percent increase in the outdoor ventilation rate, maximizing indoor air quality
  • The exterior of the building has been landscaped to utilize grasses and plants indigenous to Southeast Texas, as well as maximizing green space areas with plants surviving purely on rain water