Big Deals Inked in Greenspoint’s Office Market

QuEST Global, a global engineering services provider, opened a new 8,500 square-foot engineering center at 515 North Sam Houston Parkway E. Suite 500. The company, which already has more than 100 employees in the Houston area, plans to hire between 300 and 400 more to meet the rising demand for engineering services in the oil and gas industry.

Stream and AllianceBernstein recently purchased Eight Greenspoint Place in a sale-leaseback agreement with ExxonMobil. This arrangement allows ExxonMobil to continue to occupy the building while leasing it from the new owners for an extended period of time. Despite the sale, ExxonMobil will still have an active presence in Greenspoint. In addition to continuing to lease the building for the foreseeable future, the company also has a contract for 200,000 square feet in Three Greenspoint Place as well as 200,000 square feet at 396 West Greens.

In addition, other companies now calling Greenspoint home include: Tellworks Communications, Phillip Townsend and Oil Patch Technologies.

It’s An Exciting Time for the Lone Star College System

Greenspoint District staff are excited about big changes and developments taking place for Lone Star College System.

Dr. Steve Head was recently named the new chancellor of the Lone Star College System (LSCS), a position he officially took over on Aug. 1. Previous to taking on this position, he served as the president of Lone Star College-North Harris, a position he took over in 2007. He has also held several other positions within LSCS including: executive vice chancellor, acting chief operation officer and president of LSC-Kingwood.

Head is a long-time volunteer with the Greenspoint District. He has served on the Board of Directors since October 2010.

New leadership is not the only big development happening for LSCS.

The 70,000-square-foot Lone Star College Energy and Manufacturing Institute (EMI) located at the Lone Star-University Park campus is now accepting students. The center features 28 classrooms and labs, as well as industrial training spaces, including one shared with FMC Technologies Inc.

Head hopes this new facility will help launch many of the nearly 300,000 careers in the oil and gas and manufacturing industries that are expected to come online in the next three years.

Head explained to the Houston Business Journal that most of the students who attend EMI will receive academic training at Lone Star’s North Harris and Cy Fair campuses before completing “higher-level” training at the new facility.

The Greenspoint District benefits from its proximity to LSC-University Park where EMI is located. The center is only 20 miles from Greenspoint and offers junior, senior and graduate level classes through partnerships with several universities. Students enrolled with one of LSCS’ partner universities, including Sam Houston State University, University of Houston-Downtown Northwest and University of Houston-Northwest, are able to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree without stepping on the university’s campus.

Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center is a full-service satellite center of Lone Star College-North Harris. Students can obtain an Associate of Arts or Science degree or prepare to transfer to a university. The Greenspoint Center offers a selection of day, evening and weekend credit courses in 28 fields, including courses that will transfer to a university, certificates, computer and office skills and developmental studies. Other services offered at the Center include college admissions, college placement testing, free tutoring, academic and career advising, financial aid assistance, an extended learning center, library services, full service bookstore, café, adult basic education and literacy courses.

LSCS also works with companies to implement specialized curriculum to meet specific needs. Greenspoint District staff can make introductions to LSCS staff who can work with companies to design these classes.

Greenspoint District staff greatly value the partnerships that have established with LSCS. We look forward to continuing to foster those relationships and coordinate with the staff at LSCS to assist Greenspoint-area companies looking to take advantage of the many programs and initiatives LSCS has to offer.

LSCS was founded in 1973, and the organization remains dedicated to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes and more than 90,000 in total enrollment, LSCS is the largest institution of higher learning in the Houston area and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the United States.

Spring Recreation Area Opens to Monumental Crowds

Skateboarders in Houston now have a new park to hone and practice their skills. The Spring Recreational Area, located at 12351 Kuykendahl Rd., opened to the public on Aug. 14. The complex includes the nation’s largest skate park on one side of the complex, while the other side features a park without bounds, called Dylan Park, open to visitors of all abilities. The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) developed the parks as part of the City of Houston’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #11. For additional information about the design and development of the Spring Recreational Area, contact GGRA’s Executive Director Sally Bradford at 281-877-9952 or sbradford@greenspoint.org.

Spring Skate Park

The Spring Skate Park features 72,000 square feet of skate surface, including a world-class, competition-scale Texas bowl with a full pipe, 12-foot vertical ramp, 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips, plus a couple of backyard-style pools and three beginner/intermediate/advanced flow bowls. A section designed to emulate the street-skating experience has ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles, providing fun and creative challenges for skaters of all levels and interests.

The facility’s hours from June through August are as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Closed for maintenance
  • Saturday – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The park’s hours for the months of September through May will be as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Closed for maintenance
  • Saturday – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

While the skate park is open to the public and admission is free, skaters are required to register at the front office before entering. A registration form must be filled out by each skater and kept on file. After registration, the skater will receive a membership card, which will allow them to enter the park on return visits. If the card is lost, a new registration form must be filled out to receive a new card. Spectators are welcome to enter the facility but must stay in the designated spectator areas and not interfere with those who are skating.

Skate Park Rules 

The park has several rules and regulations in place designed to protect both skaters and spectators visiting and using the park. Rule violators will be asked to leave the park and refusal to comply may result in charges for trespass.

  1. Know your abilities and use the facility at your own risk. Exercise common sense and general courtesy to others. Be alert. Flying objects and bodies are not uncommon.
  2. All skaters are required to wear strapped helmets. Protective equipment (kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards) is strongly recommended.
  3. Bicycles, BMX, scooters, razors and motorized vehicles are prohibited.
  4. A parent or authorized adult must accompany children under the age of 10.
  5. Indecent or abusive language, or any activity, which creates a public nuisance is prohibited.
  6. The skate park is closed during wet conditions. When thunder is heard or lightning is seen the park will be immediately cleared. The park will remain closed for 30 minutes after the final occurrence of either thunder or lightning. If rain is heavy enough to cause unsafe skating conditions, the skate park will be cleared and closed until conditions improve and areas are one again deemed safe.
  7. No food or refreshments are allowed on the skating surface.
  8. Help keep your sake park clean by using trash cans.
  9. Graffiti or defacement of this facility is prohibited.
  10. Personal ramps are prohibited.
  11. Use of wax is prohibited.
  12. Tobacco, alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited.
  13. Glass containers are prohibited.
  14. Animals are prohibited in the skate park.
  15. Weapons are prohibited.
  16. Solicitation of fees or donations is prohibited without approval of Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority.
  17. All skaters and patrons must follow Greenspoint District staff instructions.

In addition to these rules, basic principles in place at the skate park are as follows: take turns; be aware of your surroundings; avoid cutting people off; be pleasant and show respect to all fellow users regardless of skill levels; and be mindful of spectators and non-who visit the skate park.

These rules, regulations and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all those who visit the facility, whether skating or not. The adherence to these guidelines will ensure an enjoyable experience by everyone involved.

Dylan Park 

Dylan Park is a park designed without limits to cater to individuals with special needs, including those who are wheelchair-bound, autistic and sight or hearing impaired. The park features wheelchair accessible playground equipment, open fields for free play and is completely fenced. It is named in honor of Dylan Newman, an area child who was a victim of child abuse and later died from his injuries.

To celebrate the opening, the City of Houston and the GGRA hosted a special ribbon cutting on July 24. Speakers at the event included Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Houston City Council members Jerry Davis and David Robinson, GGRA Chairman Elvin Franklin, GGRA Executive Director Sally Bradford, Greenspoint District President Jerry Lowry and Richard Newman, the father of the park’s namesake. Following the official remarks, attendees were treated to refreshments and the talent of a local face painter and balloon artist while they explored the new park.

Help Stop Flooding along Greens Bayou

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) recently began their first letter writing campaign to garner support for funding for the Greens Bayou Federal Project at Beltway 8 and Antoine. Flooding events can have a major negative impact on regional economic development, and GBCC is hoping to raise awareness by spreading the word to area residents and businesses. The goal of the campaign is to ask area residents to get involved by sending letters to the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Civil Works and our members of Congress asking for their assistance. To show your support, click here to use the automated template provided by GBCC.