Ziegler Cooper worked with Jones Lang Wootten USA in 1996 to complete a redevelopment of Total Plaza (formerly the Entex Building, Louisiana Place, and United Gas Building) an 875,000 square foot, 35-story tower in downtown Houston, Texas. The building, managed by Brookfield Properties, opened in 1971 and features a mirror-finished reflective glass on its exterior. The building is named after its major tenant, Total Petrochemicals USA, a subsidiary of Total S.A.
The design for this comprehensive exterior and interior renovation created a larger, more prominent building base, and using a structural glass curtain wall system with metal clad columns, creates a transparency which allows one to see into the lobby, giving the base a rich layering. Through structural modifications including removal of portions of the second floor, corner exterior entrances are carved out and are further enhanced by cantilevered canopies, graphics and a stone feature wall. The interior portion of the renovation consisted of renovation of all lobbies including common areas, elevator lobbies, corridors and restrooms; creation of a retail common area at the tunnel level, connected to the street level by a new escalator.