BLVD Place

Street level view of BLVD place showing retail spaces on front side of the building

Cardno provided structural engineering services for Phases 1 and 2 of this 21-acre, luxury live-work-play destination located near Houston’s prestigious Galleria area. Upon full build-out, BLVD Place will include 1.4 million sf of primarily Class A office space, retail and restaurants, a residential tower and ample public outdoor space.

Phase 1 was completed in April 2009 and consists of a 70,000 sf, 4-story mixed-use building with retail and restaurants on the ground level, restaurant dining on the second level and loft-style office space on the upper two floors.

It incorporates a composite structural steel system. The exterior is characterized by a glass curtain wall with a double cornice — two continuous projecting eaves, with 12 to 20-foot cantilevers. The eaves provide a distinct and consistent architectural element planned for all future buildings. They also provide sun shading and rain protection. 

Phase 2 opened in late 2014 and includes four buildings. The main feature is a 78,000 sf Whole Foods flagship store with a dedicated subterranean parking level; the four levels of parking above serve the entire development.

An adjacent 4-story mixed-use building shares a party wall with Whole Foods. A portion of the second level is left open for outdoor seating, and the terrace structure is lower to meet drainage requirements. The structural system of the Whole Foods and the parking structure consists of post-tensioned cast-in-place concrete slabs and beams. The 4-story mixed-used building utilizes a composite structural steel system. 

A 6-story building, at the opposite end of Whole Foods, contains retail space on the ground floor and offices above, with the distinctive double cornice. The longest cornice spans 197 feet of the building elevation column free. 

The fourth building houses retail and offices. It is four stories with a structural steel system.