Construction firm noted for historic downtown renovation project for WeWork by Chron

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Rogers-O’Brien Construction has gained national recognition for the transformation of one of downtown Houston’s oldest buildings into collaborative work spaces for WeWork at 708 Main. The Dallas-based construction company earned a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors in the Renovation Category at an annual convention last month in Long Beach, Calif.

The project entailed modernizing 86,000 square feet on nine floors inside the historic Great Jones Building, which originally housed offices for Texaco when it opened in 1908 and was once office to Houston entrepreneur Jesse H. Jones. Designed to accommodate businesses of all sizes, the project aimed to create a community of collaborative and socially engaging work spaces that feel more like a living room than a traditional office. “As the sole builder of WeWorks across Texas, we’re honored to have received this award, recognizing the hard work of our project team,” Rogers-O’Brien Construction President and Chief Executive Justin McAfee said in an announcement.

The renovated building incorporates WeWork’s standard design of high-density occupancy floors, from single work spaces to larger office spaces to accommodate various members. The WeWork building at 708 Main, along with adjacent 712 Main, is part of The Jones on Main, a historic redevelopment of Houston-based Midway and Lionstone Investments. Founded in 1969, family-owned Rogers-O’Brien Construction has offices in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

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