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Gensler to Relocate Dallas Office as Part of Energy Square Campus Redevelopment

Architecture Firm will Bring Hundreds of Employees to Energy Square with the Move
April 10, 2018
Credit: Gensler.

Architecture firm Gensler plans to relocate its growing Dallas office -- and about 233 employees -- to the two-story, 45,000-square-foot Meadows Annex Building adjacent to the Meadows Building tower in Energy Square.

The move will help play a big role in the $50 million redevelopment of Energy Square into an amenity-rich, 14-acre corporate campus along Greenville Ave. in Dallas.

GlenStar and USAA Real Estate, which acquired the property in a joint venture nearly three years ago, originally intended to redesign the longstanding office buildings into one cohesive campus. The group hired Gensler and Dallas-based landscape architect Studio Outside to help with the project before the Texas-based architecture firm decided to take on a bigger role.

"The intent was to design a campus that would attract a large creative-type of tenant, never knowing that it would be us," said Cindy Simpson, a co-managing director of the Gensler Dallas office, in a statement.

"Now we get to experience the campus, not just as a design partner, but as a tenant as well," she added.

Gensler has been shopping the Dallas-Fort Worth market for at least the last year for office space in a move to relocate the architecture firm from its North Dallas office in Lincoln Center, which the firm has called its Dallas home for more than two decades.

The Meadows Building and Annex, designed in 1955 by J.N. McCammon and Jack Morgan, will undergo a significant renovation, while preserving the mid-century design of the building. The original rooftop graphics on the Annex will be restored after being destroyed from years of neglect.

Along with the Annex building at 5646 Milton St., Gensler will also redesign the lobbies at Energy Square to reflect a specific design throughout the campus. The firm is also designing a glass-enclosed building with a 10,000-square-foot tenant amenity fitness center and rooftop terrace event space to help unite the campus.

"It will reflect the agility of youth and future-proof the space," said Simpson, who said the core team is composed of the firm's "next-gen designers."

Gensler plans to move into the Meadows Annex building in September 2018.

For the record:

Tenant: CBRE's Jeff Ellerman and Scott Hobbs, along with Cushman & Wakefield's Randy Cooper, represented Gensler in the deal.

Project: Along with Gensler and Studio Outside, Turner Construction is the general contractor on the project. ArchiTexas is detailing the exterior restoration and rehabilitation of the Meadows Annex facade to keep its historical integrity.

Candace Carlisle, Dallas-Fort Worth Reporter  CoStar Group   
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