Sundance Square Unveils Plans for Three New Building to be Constructed in the 35-Block Development


Sundance Square Unveils Plans for Three New Buildings to be Constructed in the 35-Block Development

Construction on Project to begin Spring 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 3, 2011) – Sundance Square has unveiled plans for three new buildings to be constructed in the 35-block office, retail, and entertainment district.  The buildings will be located at 420 Commerce Street, 425 Houston Street, and 407 Throckmorton Street.

“These Class A office buildings will be prime office space with highly designed lobby finishes and architectural details,” said Ed Bass, project developer. “We will also continue with the approach of creating buildings in a traditional architectural style enhancing the character and ambiance of Sundance Squares’ rich history.”

Each of the buildings will feature retail space on the ground level with office space above. The building on Throckmorton Street also will feature one floor of residential space offering six penthouse luxury apartments.  These one- and two-bedroom units will have outdoor terraces with floor to ceiling glass walls and sweeping views of Sundance Square and the City of Fort Worth. They will be accessed as an extension of the Sanger Loft apartments at 222 W. 4th Street.

The Throckmorton Street building will be the largest building with six floors and more than 99,000 square feet including 12,196 square feet of retail and 12,187 square feet of residential space. This building will have frontage on W. 3rd and Houston Streets as well as Throckmorton Street with different portions featuring three distinct architectural facades.

Taking a cue from Chicago architecture at the turn of the last century, the façade at the corner of Houston and 3rd Streets will incorporate very large window bays in granite, limestone and plaster. The exterior at the corner of Throckmorton and 3rd Streets is influenced by Scandinavian architecture from the early part of the 20th century and incorporates horizontal ribbon windows. On W. 3rd Street, a metal and glass, bridge like façade will connect the two masonry facades.

The Houston Street building will also stand six stories tall with more than 93,000 square feet including 12,393 square feet of retail space.  The ground floor of the building will include an office lobby on Houston Street and retail space fronting Houston, 3rd and 4th Streets. The façade will include a handsome mix of granite, limestone, brick, and decorative aluminum taking inspiration from several historic downtown buildings including the Blackstone Hotel and the Western Union Building.  The Jett Building at the corner of Main and 3rd Streets with the Chisholm Trail Mural will be preserved.

The five-story Commerce Street building encompasses more than 83,000 square feet with nearly 17,000 square feet of significant retail and restaurant space. The upper floor offices will access terraces on both the north and south ends of the building. The massing of the new building will respond to the height of the existing Land Title building so as not to overwhelm this historic landmark, which will be preserved. The façade of the Commerce Street building will be broken into three distinct parts to complement the scale of the other buildings in this area. The center facade will feature four-story high arched brick window bays over a rusticated brick and granite base.

“The addition of office, retail and residential space to Sundance Square in this economy emphasizes the success of the development and the strength of the business environment in downtown Fort Worth,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. “Interest in space from office and retail users is already strong because of the location of the buildings in the heart of Sundance Square.”

Sundance Square will seek LEED certification for all three buildings, which have yet to be named.  Each of the buildings will boast LED perimeter lighting to follow Sundance Square’s master design. The phased project will begin with the construction of two buildings immediately after Main Street Arts Festival concludes April 22, 2012.

The space on either side of Main Street between 3rd & 4th Streets has been designated as plaza space, which will be defined on the east and west by the Commerce Street and Houston Street buildings. The plans for the plaza are still being formulated and will be announced at a future date.

David M Schwarz Architects, Inc. is the designer of the project.  Mr. Schwarz has been the master-plan architect for Sundance Square since 1989.  His firm has designed five previous Sundance Square buildings as well as the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall.

The Projects Group of Fort Worth, Texas, which offers comprehensive program and project management services to companies, non-profit organizations and institutional entities, has been named the project manager.

Bennett Benner Pettit, Planners + Architects was named architect of record for the project.  The Beck Group has been retained as construction manager.

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