The MetroNational Treehouse commercial office building reflects the owner’s ideology and was designed to be used as a place of creativity and networking for employees, potential tenants, and investors. The first floor of the 15,000 SF building is available for lease to restaurant clients and the 2nd floor serves as a collaborative work space, conference area, and venue for entertaining. The Treehouse is recognized as one of Houston’s greenest commercial buildings and has been certified double LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the highest ranking LEED building in Texas and No. 2 in the nation.
The Treehouse boasts a vegetated roof, geothermal cooling and heating system, solar photovoltaic panels that harvest daylight, and a wind turbine for renewable energy generation. The solar panels and energy efficient lighting are designed to reduce the building’s energy costs to nearly 50% of a baseline office building. The water efficiency features work to reduce irrigation requirements by 70%, and the building’s vegetated roof mitigates the “heat island” effect created by traditional roofs and site paving. The exterior of the building features extensive use of Machiche wood harvested in South America, while the interior features flooring reclaimed from the Old Cotton Concentration Company warehouses in Galveston. Office spaces are flexible by design, allowing for changes to accommodate the developments the company is working on.
Architect: Studio Red Architects
Project Completion: 2014
Project Budget: $12,000,000.
Awards: 2015 Houston Business Journal Best Workplace Interiors