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  Omni Dallas HotelOmni Dallas Hotel

Architect

5G Studio Collaborative
800 Jackson Street, #500, Dallas, TX 75202
www.5gstudio.com

General Description

Location: Dallas, Texas
Date Bid: Oct 2008
Construction Period: Sep 2009 to Nov 2011
Total Square Feet: 1,161,451 Site: 8 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 23 floors.
Building Size: Garage, 223,003; first floor, 63,899; second floor, 63,351; each additional floor, 23,257; core & shell (1-4), 91,075; core & shell (level 5 – roof), 129,007; total, 1,161,451 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 40’; basement, 11’; first floor, 20’; second floor, 20’; floors 3 and 4, 15’; floors, 5-23, 9’8”; roof screen, 29’; total, 292’8”. Basic Construction Type: New/1-A.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, limestone, metal panels, precast. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
 

Project Team

Architect of Record: BOKA Powell, LLC - 8070 Park Lane, #300, Dallas, TX 75231
Structural Engineer: Brockette Davis Drake, Inc. - 4144 N. Central Expressway, #1100, Dallas, TX 75204
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Balfour/Russell/Pegasus A Joint Venture - 3100 McKinnon St., Floor 7, Dallas, TX 75201
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 8144 Walnut Hill Lane, #200, Dallas, TX 75231
Landscape Architect: TBG Partners - 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, #120, Dallas, TX 75206


The Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel is a 1,001-room primary hotel to the existing Dallas Convention Center, featuring over 80,000 square feet of meeting facilities including a Grand Ballroom and a Junior Ballroom. The building encompasses over 1.1 million square feet which includes a fourth level outdoor pool deck, generous gallery and social program, four Food and Beverage outlets, a 720-space parking garage, and a 2-level connecting Pedestrian Bridge that links the Hotel to the Dallas Convention Center.

Aiming to reposition Dallas among the top convention cities in the United States, the City of Dallas commissioned a feasibility study which concluded with the imperative to build a primary convention center hotel. The study prompted the City of Dallas to issue a developer-driven RFP to propose for the total development of a new hotel. The winning proposal was led by Matthews Southwest, the developer responsible for the successful revival of the Southside Lamar building.

The City charged Matthews Southwest with the responsibility for developing a successful program, a new landmark for the City, a sustainable building, and a new beacon to signify Dallas re-emergence among the top competitors for the national convention businesses.

While the City of Dallas had been attempting to realize this convention center hotel since the mid-1980s, opposition to the then-Mayor Tom Leppert's ambition was strong. A city-wide referendum was held and was finally won in favor of the development of the Hotel, realizing the City's 30-year old dream. The referendum set back the project by a full calendar year and was one of the most highly publicized political battles in the history of Dallas.

Architectural Design
5G Studio began by analyzing the urban viewpoints of the Hotel site. The site afforded an opportunity for the new Hotel to be a visible landmark on Dallas' memorable skyline, a significant architectural presence anchoring the southern gateway of downtown towards the Southside Lamar district, and a welcoming center of social life on the underutilized downtown area. The architectural design is generally comprised of two components, the podium and the tower, conforming to a boomerang-shaped geometry that dynamically engages the two intersecting streets, Young and Lamar Streets, and creates an urban edge that is unique to Dallas.

The podium housed all the social and convention programs of the building within the first 4 levels of the 23-story structure. It sought to advertise the vibrancy of the interior activities to the immediate urban surroundings. Likewise, the majority of the building envelope is clear-glazed to allow for a strong visual connection to downtown Dallas. Strategic points of visual observations are distributed throughout the gallery/pre-function spaces of the building; among the most stunning urban spaces in Dallas, the 4th level roof deck supports the swimming pool and the outdoor bar where one can revel in the postcard Dallas skyline as well as new Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Bridge. From a 3rd level ballroom pre-function area, a cable-supported facade system allows a large expanse of glass area to frame the iconic Pei-designed Dallas City Hall. Social spaces are sectionally related between the different levels. At the ground level, the public programs - such as the Food and Beverage outlets - spill onto pleasant outdoor dining areas, separated only by large-span custom exterior sliding glass systems.

The tower is a 19-story, unitized curtain wall-glazed structure with rounded ends and interior corners that allows itself to be recognized from a distance, much owed to the simplicity of its form and the Dallas-blue custom glass. Each hotel guestrooms sport full-height glazed walls along the exterior perimeter. The rooms at the rounded ends are designed to take advantage of the 180-degree vista of the semi-circular geometry. An energy-efficient linear exterior LED lighting system had been integrated into the recessed profile of the curtain wall system; the infinite variability of light programs that can be broadcast on the towers' envelope will undoubtedly breathe new energy to the nightlife of Dallas.

Despite the deep political division during the genesis of the project, the Hotel now stands representative of the newfound city pride and optimism. The bold architectural gestures transcend the operational programs of the convention center hotel; they introduce a new and unique identity to Dallas, one that steps up to meet the city's brand "Live Large. Think Big."

Product Information
Aluminum Composite Panels: Alcoa Reynobond  Glass Curtainwall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™  Structural Glass Curtainwall: Pilkington Planar
Insulated Glass: J.E. Berkowitz, PPG, Viracon  Skylight Laminated Glass: Viracon  Glass Canopy Laminated Glass: Pilkington
Living Screens: GreenScreen  Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing  Perforated Metal Panels: Alcoa Reynolux
Architectural Sealants: Dow Corning  Exterior Glass Doors: Goldbrecht USA, Inc.  Louvers: Ruskin  Exterior Plaster: LaHabra  Operable Partitions: Modernfold  Escalators & Elevators: KONE  Architectural Concrete Pavers: Wassau Tile
 

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