Latest Dallas CBD Tower Renovation: 400 Record
Construction started Tuesday on the 17-story, 235k SF 400 Record (formerly known as The Belo Building) at the corner of Wood and Record in Downtown Dallas. The goal is to return the office tower to Class-A status with new amenities. Thomas Hartland-Mackie, property owner and CEO of City Electric Supply (pictured with sledgehammer happily in hand), tells us when he started his search for a new company HQ, he never entertained a Downtown address. The idea of buying the tower came at the suggestion of Cushman & Wakefield’s Grant Pruitt, Thomas tells us.
Thomas says he recognized the potential of the location with parks on both sides and proximity to the Omni Hotel and Union Station. It has potential for a live/work/play location, he tells us. CES will take about half of the building and will lease the remaining half. (Cushman & Wakefield’s Matt Schendle and Rena Chappell are leasing the space.) Part of the ground floor will be converted to a restaurant space; Thomas tells us landing Chef Bruno Davaillon (from The Mansion on Turtle Creek) was one of his favorite pieces of the puzzle.
CES is working with Gensler on the design, and Structure Tone is the GC. The renovation should be complete by Q1 ’17 and tenant floors will be completed as they’re leased. IA Interior Architects fitted out four floors for the CES HQ with a modern, wood paneled boardroom, multiple working cafés, and extensive office and conferencing space. The project features several design elements incorporating reclaimed materials. Thomas says the building will feature sculptures and wall art. A new gym, a large new conference center and a sky garden on the top floor are among some of the new amenities. Pictured: Gensler’s Justin Bashaw, Pheba Thomas, Denise Bates, Thomas, Gensler’s Ian Zapata, Christopher Goggin and Zach Edwards.