5G Studio Collaborative
800 Jackson Street, #500, Dallas, TX 75202
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
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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:
Living Screens: GreenScreen Standing Seam Metal Roofing:
Berridge Manufacturing Perforated Metal Panels: Alcoa
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