(top to bottom) Sundance Square; Westbrook Building elevation; Commerce Building elevation; Plaza umbrella design - images by John Roberts, AIA, David M Schwarz Architectural Services, and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Tour K: Sundance Square - **SOLD OUT**
Thursday, November 7, 2013
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Class Code: 39
Room / Location
Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor
Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00
Sundance Square Management - Title Sponsor
Tour Guide: Michael Bennett, AIA
Bennett Benner Pettit is serving as architect of record, in conjunction with David M. Schwarz Architects, on a major Sundance Square project to design and execute three five- and six-story office buildings that will frame a plaza with streetscape in the heart of downtown Fort Worth.
The mixed-use buildings — The Westbrook, the Commerce Building and The Cassidy — will provide more than 221,000 sf of office space and 41,500 sf of ground floor retail space. Construction of the Westbrook and the Commerce Building, which will serve as shell space to contain boutique-style offices and retail spaces, will be complete by November 2013, and the third and largest of the three, The Cassidy, will be constructed at the northwest corner of Throckmorton and Third streets upon completion of the first two buildings.
The Commerce Building has five stories with more than 83,000 sf, including 17,000 sf of ground floor retail and restaurant space. The top floors will have access to terraces on the north and south sides. To reflect a style similar to the other Sundance buildings, the Commerce Building is divided into three parts, with the center facade featuring three-story-high arched brick window bays over a brick and granite base. The Westbrook, sited at 425 Houston Street, takes inspiration from nearby historic buildings and will include a mix of granite, limestone, brick, and decorative aluminum. A permanent stage on the plaza will serve as a backdrop for a variety of events. Tour attendees will walk through each building lobby, around each of the building facades, and end with a bird’s-eye view of the plaza from one of the Westbrook terraces.
The Cassidy, scheduled but not yet started, will be approximately 99,000 sf divided horizontally into three unique facades, including 12,196 sf of retail space, and will feature six penthouse apartments with terraces connecting to Sanger Lofts.
Featuring highly designed finishes and architectural details, all three buildings will continue the traditional style of architecture dominating downtown Fort Worth, and enhance the existing character and ambiance of Sundance Square. The project preserves two historic buildings: the Jett Building, adorned with the famous Chisholm Trail Mural, and the Land Title Building. To take advantage of the open space, the buildings will have entrances on the plaza sides.
This project has long been the vision for Sundance Square. It includes a robust addition of rentable space and will provide downtown Fort Worth with a much-needed plaza. The Sundance Square plaza will be a vibrant, engaging space that can host a variety of events while meeting the everyday needs of workers, residents, and tourists. The permanent, multipurpose stage can be configured for large and small concerts or movies. Beautiful, decorative water fountains will feature ever-changing waterfalls and cascades. Four giant umbrellas covering more than 6,400 sf will provide shade by day and a gorgeous light display at night. The 55,000-sf space will also feature a multipurpose pavilion, bicycle racks, seating, and generous landscaping.
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