Measuring Up.

Retail stores, schools, hospitals, tenant and ground-up buildings — you name it, we’ve helped build it. At Karsten, we take pride in every project we complete. View our portfolio to see how our work stacks up.

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University of Houston Indoor Football Practice Facility
The University of Houston partnered with D.E. Harvey to construct a new indoor football practice field in February 2016. The $20 million dollar project boasts an 80,000-square foot, football-specific facility and comes with a high-tech video board, remote-controlled cameras, and a 120-yard turf surface. There is an additional 25,000 square feet used for practice drills and classrooms. Harvey enlisted Karsten Interior Services to install the metal framing, drywall and acoustical ceilings which began in November 2016. With a crew of 24 employees, the structural engineering challenges of building a fifty-four foot freestanding partition and furring ensued. Additionally, over 80,000 square feet of abuse resistant drywall was installed. The projected concluded in September 2017.
Owner: University of Houston
Architect: PBK Sports, Inc.
General Contractor: D.E. Harvey
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YES Prep Northline
On the North side of Houston in 2017, an old hospital from the 1950’s was transformed into the YES Prep Northline campus.  Here, the staff welcomed 157 eager sixth-grade students in August. Being a tuition-free, public charter school, YES Prep provides disadvantaged students the opportunity for an outstanding but affordable education. Karsten Interior Services received this rewarding opportunity to partner with Linbeck in June of 2017. With much collaboration between the school, Linbeck, and their subcontractors, the first phase of this full time school was able to go through construction while in session in six months. The 101,000 square foot open-concept design, which features several courtyards gives the students a college campus feel. Although the campus endured flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the tight schedule was completed with minimal delays. Due to the success and hard work of the teams involved, this project has made a pathway for Linbeck and Karsten to be chosen to work on three separate campuses around the Houston area.
Owner: YES Prep Public Schools
Architect: Element Architects
General Contractor: Linbeck Group, LLC
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TDIndustries
TDIndustries, a fellow subcontractor, relocated their offices to a 10-acre greenfield site located in Northwest Houston. The campus is a two-story stand-alone building with a warehouse and assembly shop totaling roughly 60,000 sf. of space. With vast design goals, the team had to work closely with one another to fulfill TDIndustries dreams. Collaboration for this year-long construction process was imperative between subcontractors for the timely turnover of the job. An aspect very unique to this office build-out is the open work area and collaboration features with no private offices. Due to contemporary design and high end finishes of this project, it was an atypical approach for an office build-out with truly impressive results.
Owner: TDIndustries
Architect: m Architects, LLC
General Contractor: Benchmark Houston Builders
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St. John Knits
In February 2017 Karsten was provided the opportunity to partner with PWI Construction on the St. John Knits project located in the Galleria. The design intent was to produce a gorgeous new shopping space within the Saks Fifth Avenue wing of the mall.  St. John Knits is an upscale women’s clothing boutique catering to women on a wide range from charity events or updating the work-wear wardrobe. The scope of work Karsten was awarded included drywall, acoustical ceiling/wall paneling, and paint.  Under the tight 3 month schedule placed on the project, during normal mall operations, the new space build-out began with exterior framing including an abundance of windows and extensive blocking.  Lighting proved to be the most challenging component of the scope, but was beautifully executed as the ceiling was the focal point of the intricate design. The last phase was the aesthetic effect, when stone from England was imported and hung on the exterior; with an 1/8 stainless steel outline (while wall-covering, complete with real silver, was installed on the interior).  Through team work and coordination between PWI and Karsten it allowed for a successful and extravagant project.
Owner: St. John Knits
Designer: David A. Udkow Architetcs
Production Architect: O’Neil Langan Architects, PC
General Contractor: PWI Construction
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AZA
When respected trial law firm AZA decided it was time to build out a sleek new office space, Karsten was pleased to help bring their vision to reality. Approximately 20 Karsten team members took to the jobsite, managing demolition and buildback on the project. The Karsten Acoustical team kept busy, installing Ceilings Plus “Barz” metal panels, which offered a unique aesthetic. Other such projects included 4’x4’ and 2’x2’ Optima Vector ceilings throughout the office’s main waiting area and lobby, as well as a Eurospan Stretch ceiling system in all the conference rooms. This system provided improved acoustical performance with without what traditional fabric options might create. Karsten’s Drywall team remained hard at work, too, finishing out much of the space with intricate light coves and furrdowns. With just three months from project start to finish, AZA’s build-out required close coordination between all subcontractors and prime contractors at all times.
Architect: Abel Design Group
General Contractor: Trademark HITT
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Amegy Bank Headquarters
When Amegy Bank made plans to introduce a landmark Class A building as its new Houston headquarters, Karsten Interior Services stepped in to bring that vision to reality. Over the course of 20 months, teams ranging from 20 to 80 Karsten employees completed the interior and exterior metal framing, construction on the building’s core, shell and interior, drywall work, and other rough carpentry. With no lost time accidents, and a drive to deliver solid work on schedule, the project was completed in the fall 2016. The finished 350,000-square-foot tower boast a grand bank lobby featuring gorgeous tiles imported from Spain and Italy, a two-story conference center and space for more than 500 employees.
Owner: Amegy Bank of Texas
Developer: Hines
Production Architect: Kendall Heaton Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: D.E. Harvey Builders Inc.
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Memorial Hermann Hospital System Katy Renovation and Expansion
Karsten was proud to provide the drywall and acoustical ceiling installation services for the expansion and renovation of Memorial Hermann’s Katy location. The project, completed in fall 2016, encompassed a new patient tower and neighboring medical plaza. The expansion increased the hospital’s bed count from 142 to 210, while upping the space to 261,323 square feet total.
Owner: Memorial Hermann Hospital System
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction & Rosenberger
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Energy Centers III & V
Karsten was commissioned to help Trammell Crow Company’s up-and-coming energy centers find homes in Houston’s Energy Corridor. Teams stepped in from the project’s start, not only carrying out construction work on the buildings’ cores and shells, but also providing services such as metal framing, drywall, door assembly and specialty ceilings. With no time lost accidents, and a dedication to remaining on-schedule, Karsten delivered quality work that met client expectations, and remained on-time. The finished structures were LEED pre-certified Gold, due to their cores and shells.
Owner: Trammell Crow Company
Architect: Kirksey
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
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Flotek Industries Headquarters and Laboratory
Karsten played a key role in building Flotek’s new lab and administration building in the Sam Houston Business Park in Northwest Houston. The 50,000-square-foot building doubles the size of the company’s current chemistry research effort, giving Flotek a much greater foothold at being a global supplier for chemistries in the oil field. Their new state-of-the-art building features a unique “command center” in the heart of the research laboratories. Inside the command center is a 3,000-square-foot radius drywall art ceiling that could only have been accomplished with high levels of coordination not only within the Karsten team, but with other trades as well. Due to the detailed specifications and finishes Energy Architecture required of all who helped complete this innovative building, Karsten gathered 20 of their best team members to complete the task. After a little less than a year, Flotek’s new lab can house 45 employees to revolutionize the future of our oil industry.
Owner: CESI Chemical, Inc
Production Architect: Energy Architecture
General Contractor: D.E Harvey Builders
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Noble Energy Centers
When Noble Energy developed plans to bring two state-of-the-art, LEED-certified energy centers to Houston, Karsten came together to move the initiative forward. Team members provided services every step of the way, from the metal framing and drywall work required to help the project take shape, to construction on the building’s core, shell and interior, and finishing touches such as door assembly and specialty ceilings. Noble Energy Center 1, completed in 2013, features modern-day amenities such as on-site food options, an employee health club and the latest in technological infrastructure. Noble Energy Center 2, which reached completion in June of 2015, is connected to the first building via skybridge, and shares amenities with the first building. Although inclement weather presented obstacles throughout the second center’s build, the project was completed on-schedule, and without lost time accidents. Both structures meet U.S. Green Building Council standards.
Architect: Kirksey
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction (NEC I), Austin Commercial (NEC II)
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Cheniere Energy Levels 16-23, 25
Balfour Beatty Construction hired Karsten to aid in the build-out of a new tower for oil and gas company Cheniere Energy. With more than 50 team members on-site at the 700 Milam location, Karsten set in motion. The team worked on nine of the building’s 36 floors, installing acoustical ceilings, metal stud and gypsum board partitions, reveals, sound walls and a grand staircase. The six-month project — an extremely quick turnaround for such a build-out — reached completion February 8, 2015.
Developer: Hines, but sold to Deutsche Bank of Germany soon after construction
Architect: PDR
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
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West Memorial Place I & II
In the center of Houston’s Energy Corridor, located on 12 acres, now sits two LEED-Platinum certified buildings, West Memorial Place One and West Memorial Place Two. The first building began construction in early 2014 and now stands 12-floors at 331,000 square feet, while the second building began construction in early 2015 and now stands 14-floors at 385,000 square feet. These Class A buildings were built to create an optimal balance of cost, environmental, societal and human benefits to meet the functional requirements of a livable office setting. Skanska spared no expense when creating these buildings. From the daylight harvesting and motion detection systems in the garages, to the energy –efficient glass and stone exterior, these building are to consume 30% less energy than typical baseline buildings. Not only do these buildings have incredibly unique characteristics in the build, they also have an irreplaceable location. The West Memorial campus is adjacent to Terry Hershey Park Hike and Bike Trails, where employees have the leisure of enjoying both throughout the day.
Developer: Hines
Production Architect: HOK, Houston
General Contractor: Skanska
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TOPGOLF Webster
Turner Construction Company brought Karsten on board to help with the build-out of a new Topgolf location in Webster, Texas. In spring of 2015, the Karsten team set to work completing metal stud framing, drywall and acoustical ceilings for the 64,000-square-foot building. During peak construction, the project saw about 30 Karsten team members on-site, getting the job done. The project reached completion in October 2015, about six months after its start.
Owner: Topgolf USA, Inc.
Architect: Aria Group Architects, Inc.
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
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