About Continental Center I
Continental Center I (originally named 1600 Smith Street, also known as Cullen Center Plaza) is a 51-story, 732 feet (223 m) office tower in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States. The building is the headquarters of Continental Airlines. At one point it also served as the headquarters of ExpressJet Airlines. It is a part of the Cullen Center complex. The 51 story building has about 1,098,399 square feet (102,044.6 m) of rentable Class "A" office space. The design architect was Morris Aubry Architects, the general contractor was Linbeck Construction Company, the mechanical engineer was I.A. Naman, and the structural engineer was CBM Engineers. The building was completed in 1984. The tower stands as a postmodern-style building. It is currently the 8th-tallest building in Houston. Continental operates a ticketing office on the ground level. Bruce Nichols of The Dallas Morning News said that in early 1984 1600 Smith Street "was so vacant it became a symbol for overexpansion in Houston." By 1987 the Canadian company Trizec Group bought debentures carrying an option to buy portions of the Cullen Center, including 1600 Smith Street.