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EXCLUSIVE: First Look Inside Skanska's Capitol Tower

A view of Understory, a 35K SF community hub and culinary market, from the ground level of Capitol Tower

Skanska is reimagining how the outside world can peek into the hidden Downtown Houston tunnel system.

With 10-foot glass windows on its ground level, Capitol Tower offers views of Understory, a 35K SF community hub and culinary market inside the tunnels.

The hub is open to the public and has an unprecedented five tunnel entryways — from 600 Travis, 712 Main, the Esperson Buildings and Pennzoil Place. Capitol Tower is at 800 Capitol St. and is expected to open in June.  

Understory is now 68% leased with only two restaurant stalls and the cocktail bar remaining. Recently, Flip 'n Patties, a Houston food truck turned brick-and-mortar concept serving Filipino-inspired street food and Akaushi burgers, inked a deal to open a location inside the 9K SF market. This marks the restaurant's second location and first inside the Inner Loop. The Understory location will focus exclusively on signature burgers and hand-cut, double fried French fries.

Transwestern's Nick Hernandez, Crystal Allen and Lacee Wilke represented Skanska. Lee & Associates' Clint Hankla and Robert LaCoure represented the tenant. 

Previously announced concepts include East Hampton Sandwich Co., Boomtown Coffee, Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas and MONA Fresh Italian Food.

Available office space is also dwindling at Capitol Tower. The office portion is 81% leased, Bisnow previously reported. Tenants include Winston & Strawn, Waste Management, Bank of America and Skanska. 

Bisnow took an exclusive hard hat tour of Capitol Tower. Check out the photos below: 

Hard Hat Tour at Capitol Tower