Captain’s Corner – The Port Bureau is on the Move—Literally
I am excited to announce that the Greater Houston Port Bureau is moving to a new location at the end of July! Our future office is located at 4400 Highway 225 East, near Beltway 8. It is newer, larger, and more central to the port region, and it will allow us to provide greater value to, you, our members.
The Port Bureau offices within Port Houston’s Main Administration Building have served us well for over 20 years of our 89-year history. Our co-location with Port Houston has enabled countless hours of collaboration, business development, and dignitary visits, and we are very appreciative of everything Port Houston has done and is doing to support the Port Bureau. However, the Port Bureau is growing in staff and membership services, and it is time for us to move to a space tailored to serving our members’ needs.
Our new office will be outfitted with a first-class training room and a board room to better facilitate meetings, workshops, and educational offerings for our members. While we won’t have the excellent view of the Houston Ship Channel from our windows anymore, we will be close to the Houston Pilots’ office, which will further enhance our collaboration on port and vessel efficiency measures.
We are thankful for the support of several of our members in identifying a new home base for the Port Bureau. We were offered potential lease spacing from several member companies, which we greatly appreciated, but ultimately the Board decided to pursue an independent office. Greg Marconi and Rob Stillwater of Newmark Knight Frank assisted us in evaluating several dozen sites. Greg and Rob, along with John Moody of Moody Law Group, PLLC, worked with us to successfully negotiate the lease. Workplace technology company CDM360 is helping us outfit the space, including the design of our training room.
The Board and staff are eagerly looking forward to developing our new office into a pivotal spot that fully integrates and supports the needs of our members. We will be unveiling more about our new space in the magazine, on our website, and through social media as the space is developed. An open house is planned for later in the year, and we hope you will take a tour!
It’s a new chapter for us, but our vision remains the same: “Companies working together to improve our port region.” The new facilities in this centralized location will greatly assist us in promoting the core themes of our work: sustainability/improvement of the channel, operational excellence, global influence, and community among all Port Bureau members. We look forward to working with you at our new location! As always, thank you for your continued support.
CAPT Bill Diehl, USCG (Ret.), P.E.
- Date July 3, 2018
- Tags 2018 June