About 1200 Travis
1200 Travis is a 28-story building in Downtown Houston, Texas that is currently occupied by the Houston Police Department as its current headquarters. At one time it was known as the Houston Natural Gas Building. The building, with 575,000 square feet (53,400 m) of rentable space, has a typical floor size of 16,500 square feet (1,530 m). The police department's 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m), three-floor crime laboratory, a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m) fitness center, a 5,000-square-foot (460 m) voice/data room, a 10,000-square-foot (930 m) 24-hour emergency tactical command center, and a fingerprinting laboratory are located in the building. The building, originally the Entex Building, was built in 1967. A renovation in 1988 involved the installation of a new central plant. In 1994 the City of Houston bought the building to house the headquarters of the Houston Police Department. In February 1995 the Houston City Council unanimously voted to retain the Hines company as the development manager for the renovation of 1200 Travis. In the 1990s Hercules Engineering and Testing Services received a contract to do testing in the renovated 1200 Travis building.