From its soaring lobby clad in beautiful stone and wood finishes to its panoramic, skylighted penthouse loft, 609 Main at Texas in Downtown Houston is an aesthetic marvel designed to maximize the comfort and daily experience of its workplace tenants.
According to Lars Koster, Senior Vice President of HINES, 609 Main is an example of the company’s dedication to building and managing real estate that is not only far-reaching in architectural design but also energy-efficient and sustainability-driven. “609 Main is an example of HINES’ investment build strategy,” Koster says. “We build to own, so we invest for the long term to maximize operation efficiency and savings. That’s why Hines has always been a leader and, frankly, a pioneer in sustainability, whether it's using shades to cut the amount of heat and gain coming through windows any other aspect of a building. I’m proud to say that we’ve done more LEED-rated buildings than any other developer.”
The man Behind the Business: J.B. Tinney
J.B. Tinney knows his business.
For nearly forty years, he has been a valued partner to architects and general contractors across the Southeast, working on iconic Class-A office-building projects as well as coveted residential developments. Today, he is President of Houston-based Architectural Fabric Systems, Inc., a Texas distributor of Legrand Commercial shades. Legrand Commercial Shading sat down with Tinney to talk about roller shades and why he thinks going motorized is the best bet for the long term.
LCS: You’ve said you ideally like to start a project by educating the client first on the benefits of roller shades.
TINNEY: I go to the end user first, before I go talk to the architect or the general contractor, because it’s the client who's financing and overseeing the project.
LCS: So what’s something a client might expect from this education?
TINNEY: Almost universally, any Class-A office building project today is going to feature floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s what the clients want, it’s what the architect wants. Who doesn’t love all that natural light and the benefits of daylighting for increased comfort and energy-efficiency? But when it comes to controlling all that light and heat coming through all those windows, the practice is to usually go with installing mini-blinds and not rollershades.
LCS: Why is installing roller shades more effective than mini-blinds?
TINNEY: It comes down to three things: creature comfort, cleanliness and energy efficiency. And you can add to that just plain old-fashioned better-looking aesthetics. With shades you can look outside, even when they’re down. You can knock out the glare and the heat and still maintain to enjoy the views. And mini-blinds collect dust, but they’re heat conducive and re-radiate heat into the interior, which is both uncomfortable and less energy-efficient. And let’s be honest, without any uniformity, mini-blinds can look bad from the inside and the outside. Because of its monolithic shape, a roller shade doesn't interfere with interior design. That’s why it’s preferable to architects who found the lines of mini-blinds competing with their design work.