HOUSTON, November 2, 2021 – The Houston office of Madison Marquette today announced that Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has signed a long-term lease extension for 259,000 square feet at 1000 Main in downtown Houston. Although the original lease was not due to expire until the end of 2025, Shell took an early decision to renew and will continue to occupy eight floors in the 837,161-square-foot Class A office tower.
Madison Marquette’s Wade Bowlin represented the landlord, Germany-based Union Investment, in the transaction, which marks the largest office lease signed in Houston’s CBD year-to-date. Cushman & Wakefield’s Tim Relyea and Joseph Peddie represented the tenant.
“Shell’s lease extension illustrates a rising trend among tenants for amenity-rich office space as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Bowlin, central regional president for Madison Marquette’s property services. “Investing in an amenity package elevates the workday routine and provides onsite access to conveniences that appeal to tenants who are fully or partially returning to the office after 16+ months working from home.”
The 1000 Main property is one of several office buildings and facilities used by Shell in the Houston area and is occupied mainly by the company’s Trading & Supply business in the United States.
In June 2021, the property opened a Gensler-designed amenity center to provide tenants alternative venues to the daily workstation along with a variety of spaces to retreat and refuel. The 12,500 square-foot tenant-exclusive lounge area is equipped with wi-fi and high-end finishes along with restaurant and lounge seating surrounding a barista style coffee station. A state-of-the-art conference center offers flexible options to accommodate up to 144 people with town hall seating, or a three-room configuration for board room and classroom style seating. A separate gaming area features two Top-Golf simulators, a pool table, shuffleboard and multiple TVs for an after-hours spot to watch a game or unplug with colleagues. Additional onsite amenities include a fitness center and training studio complete with automated spin and yoga classes, treadmills, free weights, spa-style locker rooms, towel service and quality personal care amenities.
Built in 2003, 1000 Main is a LEED-Platinum certified, 36-story office tower with approximately 42,470 square feet of retail. Located off Main Street and Lamar along the Metro Rail, 1000 Main is linked to the extensive Downtown Houston tunnel system which offers access to a variety of shops, services and additional dining options.
Photography of 1000 Main’s newly constructed amenity center is available for download here.
About Union Investment
Union Investment stands for forward-looking real estate investments worldwide. Our business model is underpinned by 55 years of real estate expertise. With assets under management of around EUR 49 billion, Union Investment is one of Europe’s leading real estate investment managers. The company invests in the office, retail, hospitality, logistics and residential sectors and holds around 440 commercial properties across 23 countries worldwide in its portfolio. In the US and Mexico Union Investment actively manages 34 properties worth a total of EUR 5.4 billion. For additional information, visit https://realestate.union-investment.com
About Madison Marquette
Madison Marquette is a leading private full-service real estate provider, investment manager, developer and operator headquartered in Washington, D.C. The company delivers integrated investment, development, leasing and management services to a diverse portfolio of 330 assets in 20 states and manages an investment portfolio valued at over $6.2 billion. The company partners with global, institutional and private investors to provide industry-leading investment and advisory services across asset classes -- including mixed-use, retail, office, medical, industrial, senior living and multi-family. Following its 2019 merger with the Boston-based Roseview Group, Madison Marquette added capital markets, investment banking and corporate advisory services to its integrated capabilities. Founded in 1992, the company built its reputation on the successful development, repositioning and redevelopment of landmark mixed-use assets, and now leverages that performance legacy to provide clients with exceptional asset services and investment advice. Madison Marquette has a strategic bench of professionals providing nationwide service from 14 regional markets and is a member of the Capital Guidance group of companies. For additional information, visit www.madisonmarquette.com.