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Colliers unveils office expansion at Park Towers North in Houston

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Colliers is pleased to announce the completion of its office expansion in Houston.

Colliers, one of the largest commercial real estate services firms in Houston, has seen steady growth since moving to Park Towers in 2013. In 2020, the firm made the decision to take advantage of market conditions and position itself for planned future growth. Colliers previously occupied the ninth floor of 1233 West Loop South (Park Towers north building) in the Galleria submarket. The longer-term growth plan dictated the necessity to expand the footprint to the entirety of the tenth floor while retaining three-quarters of the ninth floor - a total of 36,954 square feet.

“As we grow, our space has had to evolve with us and support the ethos of our team,” said President Patrick Duffy. “Our new space creates collaborative pods and encourages interaction on multiple levels. It is professional, comfortable, fun, and efficient - which are four high priorities for Colliers. We have a goal of not getting too big. We intentionally limited our expansion to the right number of professionals to remain a major player without expanding to the point of creating unhealthy internal competition. ”

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The new space includes a large executive conference room with the ability to open to the reception and kitchen area, three additional conference areas, both a large window-facing kitchen (including beer kegs) and a catering kitchen, a granite coffee bar, internal stairs and several collaboration/brainstorming niches. The sleek design also pairs practicality with built-in white noise throughout, motorized sit/stand desks, and multiple coworking spaces to accommodate collaboration. Adding to the atmosphere are glass and granite touches throughout the space.

“Covid changed the way we approached this project. We increased our percentage of offices versus workstations in our new design, bucking a trend of more open workstations. We also opted to have dedicated workstations for every employee versus utilizing hot desking. We wanted to create a space where people felt they have their personal space and will want to come into the office versus working from home,” Duffy said.

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A beautiful live green wall with over 1,100 plants welcomes you to the tenth floor when taking the interior stairs. The wall, while a beautiful edition, also has several advantages including noise reduction, air purification and an improved sense of overall well-being. The large wall adds a touch of relaxation and welcoming ambiance.

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Colliers Design + Construction Advisory Team headed the project from start to completion. The team’s uncompromising commitment to quality, on-time delivery and operational readiness was above par with the service promised with each project. Leveraging both understanding and knowledge of best practices, the team helped realize the design with the brand and daily workplace operations in mind.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better project team to bring the space from conception to completion while having the opportunity to work alongside Colliers leadership and an excellent team from O'Donnell Snider,” said Neil Potter, Senior Project Manager at Colliers. “While the pandemic and supply chain issues posed challenges, the team was able to make quick and informed decisions, ultimately finishing the job on time and on budget.”

The office redesign and expansion were executed by Abel Design Group, O'Donnell Snider Construction and the Colliers Design + Construction Advisory Team. The design team, Abel Design Group, was awarded the project due to their extensive and superior work since 2001. The award-winning architecture and design team specializes in corporate, hospitality, higher education, restaurant and retail design both nationally and internationally.


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Patrick Duffy

President

Houston

Pat is the managing director of brokerage services in Houston for Colliers.  Pat has more than 37 years of experience in commercial real estate as a producing broker, educator, sales manager and managing broker. Pat relocated to Houston from Florida where he served as President of the Colliers offices in Tampa Bay, Orlando and Southwest Florida.

​Pat started his career as Director of Marketing for a real estate data base company where he spent three years interviewing top brokerage houses throughout the United States and assisted in their automation needs as a consultant and instructor.   As President of the Colliers Houston office, he has direct responsibility for recruiting, training and managing the sales and leasing teams, property management and business plan creation and coordination for the company.

Pat was responsible for building and organizing retail service delivery capabilities for Colliers worldwide as chairman of the Colliers Retail Specialty Group (96-2000, 2002-2013).  Pat is also a founding member of the Colliers Oil and Gas practice group.  Among his academic accomplishments, Pat wrote the capstone case study for the CCIM program's final course offering from 1986 - 1998.  The case study combined the marketing and financial concepts taught by CCIM to allow the students to apply the material to a simulated commercial property disposition.

He has been an instructor for NACORE’s (now CORENET) Intermediate Finance Course and was awarded the Top-Rated Faculty Certificate in 2000.  Pat has been quoted in national and regional publications including the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Newsweek, Real Estate Forum, National Real Estate Investor, Globe Street and others.  He has been an expert panelist for NAIOP, Real Share, ICSC and many other real estate organizations.

Pat has served as a member (and Chairman) of the Colliers Managers Steering committee, the Board of Directors for Colliers USA and is the past Chairman of the Colliers USA Board of Advisors.  In 2003, Pat was awarded Colliers Manager of the Year.  In 2004, he was chosen by Colliers as the Tom Richardson Award recipient, an honor based on strength of character. In 2012, Pat was chosen as the recipient of the Colliers USA Pinnacle Award for service excellence.  Pat is the only person in Colliers to win all three of these awards.  He served as an instructor for Colliers University 2010-14.   In 2017 Pat was recognized as a “Best Boss” by Real Estate Forum magazine.

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Neil Potter

Vice President

Houston

Neil Potter is a Vice President and member of the Design and Construction Advisory team at Colliers in Houston, Texas. Potter has a diverse background in construction, starting with carpentry hands on to ownership of general contracting companies. For the past 20 years, Potter has been in the construction industry and is able to use the knowledge that he has gained to help owners successfully navigate the design and construction process.

Most recently, Potter served as the Vice President of Construction and leader of Arch-Con Corporations Community Division. Potter was responsible for managing multiple project teams, preconstruction services, estimating, scheduling, business development, project management and project closeout. During his time at Arch-Con, he successfully oversaw the contracting and construction of more than 250,000 square feet for non-profits, liturgical, private education and community centers. Constructing various building types, Potter created value for his clients by offering solutions, alternative construction methods and working with architects and engineering teams to reach clients’ budgets and construction goals.

Prior to his role as Vice President, Potter was a partner with Bayou City Construction, a boutique interior construction company. There he was responsible for managing budgets, subcontractors and business development. Other responsibilities included cost estimation, bidding process, sub-contractor management, project scheduling, change management, and the management of various compliance requirements related to permitting, inspections and safety, and managing communications with the architects, engineers and owners.

Potter’s tenacity was shown at early age by one of his most proud achievements, being an Eagle Scout. Neil is a Texas Christian University graduate, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He and his wife, Macari, are the proud parents of three children Kendall, Mary Langham, and James IV. He resides in the City of Houston, where he is an active member of the community, being a member of multiple non-profit organizations.

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Crissy Nolen

Chief Marketing Officer

Houston

Crissy is passionate about innovation and productivity in the workplace; constantly seeking a better way and helping others succeed are a couple of her daily drivers.

Crissy develops and expands marketing and technology platforms for the Houston office and contributes to the Southwest region.

She started as the marketing specialist at the front desk of a boutique commercial real estate firm in 2007,  with her first assignment of building their website. From there learning commercial real estate and bringing the best marketing practices to the CRE realm has been her focus.

In 2010 that boutique firm merged with Colliers' Houston office where Crissy was promoted to marketing director, now chief marketing officer, and has been responsible for the organization's marketing efforts. Crissy designs and conducts in-house training programs to elevate staff knowledge and to enhance new business skills. She organizes and executes company events and recognition programs to support and promote a positive work culture. In January of 2020, she became a principal of the firm.

Some of Crissy's career highlights include being named Colliers U.S. Marketer of the Year, partaking in Fort Bend's Leadership Class program, being recognized as a local Top 40 Under 40, and taking home awards for Best Market Intelligence and Driving Business Efficiencies & Effectiveness.  

Crissy earned the Commercial Property Marketing Certification (CPMC) from Colliers University.  CPMC is the first and only accreditation for commercial real estate marketing professionals. It offers a professional development path to increase strategic and tactical expertise in marketing/research, knowledge of the industry, and capabilities with commercial real estate tools.

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