Corgan Associates, Inc., the ninth largest U.S.-based architectural and interior design firm, opened the doors to its new corporate headquarters in Dallas' West End at the intersection of Ross and Houston Streets, the first new construction project in this historic district in more than 10 years.
Located at 401 N. Houston St., Corgan will be the sole occupant of the three-story, 58,000-square-foot building.
Standing 45 feet tall, Corgan's new building is encased by a modern yet industrial exterior comprised of glass, copper and dark "iron-spot" brick. The building is an exposed structure characterized by simple, clean expression throughout, reflective of the firm's practice of delivering innovative design. Large window walls span the building's north and south sides, maximizing daylighting potential in the studio areas and offering sweeping vistas of the Dallas skyline and the Trinity River project. An even better view of downtown is available from Corgan's 1,500-square-foot roof deck which sits atop the three-story structure and serves as one of several employee social areas. The heart of the "T-shaped" building is connected by a winding, black steel staircase, which functions as the gathering and exposition space where the entire firm can collaborate on work and celebrate client successes.
Corgan's headquarters is constructed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and includes many environmentally sustainable, energy-conserving features such as recycled building materials, rainwater collection and energy management systems. Corgan purposefully designed different windows and window grids to respond to the varying light and heat throughout the day. With strategic window placement and use of moveable sunshades, coupled with reflective roof design and materials, the building mitigates heat and conserves energy.
"Corgan's new world class architectural offices and enhanced technology will redefine us as a design leader growing and expanding both nationally and internationally," Corgan President David Lind said. "Our new headquarters also allows us to express our design excellence to our clients and the public by showcasing our work at street level."
Lind continued, "The design of our new building is highly efficient and functional, yet fresh and contemporary. It also engages the historic element of the West End while utilizing systems and materials that are environmentally responsible. We have designed a space that is truly representative of the Corgan culture of producing excellent architecture, design and planning which is built upon meeting our clients' needs for business-based design solutions."
The interiors of the new building are designed specifically around the needs of the specialized studios - Corgan began designing the building from the inside out, laying out what the ideal workstation and studio set up would be, resulting in grouping together all of the specialized teams on the upper two floors to create a more functional workflow. The expansive studio spaces are built on simple grids utilizing four-foot maple-paneled workspaces. Long, slim lights ring the perimeter of the studios, bringing to life the subtle coloring on the walls while highlighting the sleek black steel fixtures. Exposed Douglas fir wood beams supported on exposed concrete columns are visible throughout, reminiscent of the historic building Corgan leaves behind.
Since its founding in 1938, Corgan has had offices in downtown in all but five of its 69 years. Corgan's decision to remain and build in downtown Dallas demonstrates its lasting commitment to Dallas' central business district.
A West End tenant since 1986, Corgan has also had a leadership role in the continuing revitalization of downtown Dallas. Its architecture team has worked on more than 100 downtown projects ranging from new construction to renovations and city planning. Corgan has also been responsible for much of the planning in Dallas' historic district, completing the adaptive re-use and restoration of 11 of the most significant structures in the district.
Turner Construction of Dallas served as the general contractor for the project. L.A. Fuess Partners served as the structural engineer, Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc. served as the mechanical/electrical engineer and Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers served as the civil engineer for the project.
From its founding in 1938, Corgan has grown into one of the largest US-based architectural design firms. The firm employs over 280 professionals in its offices in Dallas, New York, Miami, Sacramento and Phoenix. As its design opportunities have expanded from local to international, Corgan has developed special expertise in corporate, aviation, medical and education design. For more information visit Corgan online at .
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