Energy Related Properties, a developer based in Midland, Texas, USA, has unveiled plans to build a 53-story mixed-use tower in the commercial capital of the oil-producing West Texas region. The building will also feature one floor of subterranean retail and five floors of subterranean parking. According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, ERP calls the building a “celebration of rejuvenation,” referring to the city’s boom-and-bust oil fortunes.
Though a relatively small city of 111,000, Midland is no stranger to tall buildings, due to the concentration of oil and financial-related businesses in the area – it has been nicknamed the “Tall City” due to a spate of office-building construction during the oil boom of the 1980s. The Bank of America building is the current record-holder at 101m and 24 stories; the proposed Energy Tower would nearly double this height. Residents have opposed the tower’s construction because it would require the demolition of the Midland County Courthouse, which has been sold by the county.