Cassidy Turley Awarded 2.5 MSF Management Contract for Texas Office Properties
- Feb 03, 2012
February 3, 2012
By Nicholas Ziegler, News Editor
Building on its “longstanding relationship with J.P. Morgan,” services firm Cassidy Turley has just landed a contract to lease and manage 2.5 million square feet of office space owned by the banking firm’s institutional investors. The assignment will span two properties: Dallas’ 1.2 million-square-foot, 60-story Fountain Place and Houston’s three-building, 1.3 million-square-foot Post Oak Central. J.P. Morgan Asset Management awarded the contract to Cassidy after a bidding process that was opened up to a number of firms, but signed the final arrangement within 60 days, Commercial Property Executive has learned.
“As a firm, we work with J.P. Morgan on multiple accounts,” Bret Bunnett, regional managing principal with Cassidy, told CPE. “And we are expanding our relationship with J.P. Morgan in a significant way with these two assignments.”
Fountain Place, at 720 feet, is the fifth-tallest building in Dallas. Its current tenant roll includes Hunton & Williams, L.L.P., Wells Fargo Bank, and Tenet Healthcare Corp. According to Bunnett, the property is 90 percent leased. Post Oak Central, which is 94 percent leased, houses Apache Corporation – which signed a nearly 600,000-square-foot lease renewal and extension earlier this week – Suez Energy North America Inc., Stewart Title and and Cox Radio.
Texas, as a whole, has fared well during the economic downturn of the last few years. According to a fourth-quarter report by services firm Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Services Inc., Houston will lead the nation in job growth in 2012, with employers adding 87,000 jobs for a 3.4 percent increase in employment levels. “Houston [led] the nation in hiring through the first three quarters [of 2011],” the report noted, “followed by nearby Dallas/Fort Worth.”
“We expect these buildings will continue their history of success,” Bunnett said. “We’re poised to take Fountain Place to at lease 96 percent [occupancy] and Post Oak all the way to 100.”
This contract brings Cassidy Turley’s Texas office management holdings to approximately 22 million square feet in Dallas and Houston alone.