Technology leaders, developers, building owners, investors, and public officials from around the world will converge on Houston this March to experience why so many multi-national companies call The Energy Corridor home.
At the Global Policy and Practice Forum – a first-of-its-kind for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) – thought-leaders in planning, development and sustainability will address the new value proposition found at the intersection of technology, energy, and real estate. Themed "The New Calculus," the ULI forum will feature some of The Energy Corridor’s most iconic commercial real estate projects, during a tour hosted by Clark Martinson, General Manager of The Energy Corridor District.
The tour, explains Martinson, will show how commercial real estate projects in The Energy Corridor are adding value to properties through new technology and sustainability initiatives. The ULI says these sites represent “Houston’s global icons of commercial real estate.”
“We will provide forum visitors behind-the-scenes insight with building tours of three very different projects in The Energy Corridor,” Martinson says. “Each site demonstrates how an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders can work together to create a highly livable and workable center. The Energy Corridor is a key example of how land owners, investors, lenders, service and technology providers, employees and others can come together to create a place where 300 multinational, national and local companies now thrive.”
The ULI/Energy Corridor tour will visit Helios Plaza, home to BP’s Westlake Campus, Houston’s first LEED Platinum-certified building; ConocoPhillips' global headquarters, where sustainability efforts and office workspace have evolved to attract and retain employees; and Eldridge Place I, II and III, all LEED Gold-certified office buildings. Eldridge Place is also where The Energy Corridor District’s ground-breaking, onsite CarShare program will launch.
One of the highlights on Martinson’s ULI tour will be Helios Plaza’s High Performance Computing Center – one of the world’s largest computational research supercomputing centers, scheduled to open in summer 2013. The center’s onsite alternative energy system uses a natural gas-combined heat and power plant to provide 85 percent of the buildings’ electricity.
These projects can help demonstrate how value is being shaped, communicated, and seized by an interdisciplinary group of market actors, according to the ULI. Other highlights of the forum include talks from leading public officials who are shaping new rules and new tools for market transformation. ULI partners will be on hand to meet the global participants, including ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, the C40 Cities Network and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the NRDC Center for Market Innovation. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ULItech.