Plaza of the Americas (Dallas)

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Plaza of the Americas
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Plaza of the Americas
General information
Location 600-700 N. Pearl, Dallas, Texas, United States
Construction started 1978
Completed 1980
Cost $100 million
Management Equity Office Properties
Technical details
Size 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Harwood K Smith
Developer Wynne/Jackson Inc.
Main contractor Henry C Beck Co

Plaza of the Americas is a major commercial complex in the City Center District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). It is adjacent to DART's Pearl Station and connected to the Dallas Pedestrian Network. The complex features several amenities connected by an enclosed 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2). skylighted atrium which rises 13 stories above the lowest level:

  • Plaza of the Americas I-South Tower (25-story office tower)
  • Plaza of the Americas II-North Tower (25-story office tower)
  • Univision Center (26-story office tower)
  • 416-room Dallas Marriott City Center
  • 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of meeting space
  • 2 levels of retail surrounding an indoor park
  • 1,000 space parking garage
  • 2010 Energy Star[1]

History[edit]

The Atrium of Plaza of the Americas.

The $100 million Plaza of the Americas, announced in 1977, was one of the first mixed-use developments in Dallas designed around an enclosed atrium.[2] The design featured dark gray glass cladding for twin office towers contrasted with poured in place concrete for the hotel and garage. Construction on the 5.5-acre (2.2 ha) site began in 1978 and finished in 1980.[3]

In 1983 an additional office building, the 26-story Univision Center (formerly Plaza of the Americas III and Allianz Financial Centre), was constructed across Crockett Street and connected to the complex.[4] An additional parking garage was added in 1984. Through an agreement with the City the developers received tax-exempt bond financing in exchange for a promise to develop 100 units of housing above the garage within 5 years.[5] A fourth 26-story building, Plaza of the Americas IV, was also planned across Crockett Street. In 1989 plans changed to increase the building to 42-stories, but the structure was never built.[6]

The complex became a hub of the Dallas Pedestrian Network when skybridges connected Plaza of the Americas to Bryan Tower, Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Chase Tower.[7] The complex was sold and renovated in 1990.[2]

Over the years Plaza of the Americas has hosted many events including prominent sculpture shows, conventions and the Texas Open Squash Tournament.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Environmental Protection Agency
  2. ^ a b Brown, Steve. "Plaza of the Americas sold - Investment group plans `substantial renovation'." The Dallas Morning News 8 Aug. 1990, HOME FINAL, BUSINESS: 1D. NewsBank. Web. 15 Jun. 2010.
  3. ^ "Plaza Deal Late but Still Alive." The Dallas Morning News. December 23, 1977.
  4. ^ Univision Tower | Buildings | EMPORIS
  5. ^ Maxon, Terry. "CITY OK'S ISSUING BONDS FOR GARAGE." The Dallas Morning News 8 Nov. 1984, Home Final, News: 48a. NewsBank. Web. 15 Jun. 2010.
  6. ^ Plaza of the Americas IV | Buildings | EMPORIS
  7. ^ Marvel, Bill. "THE CITY BENEATH THE CITY - Tunnels provide a separate reality for thousands in downtown Dallas." The Dallas Morning News 14 Jun. 1987, HOME FINAL, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: 1C. NewsBank. Web. 15 Jun. 2010.
  8. ^ History of Texas Open

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Coordinates: 32°47′14″N 96°47′44″W / 32.787166°N 96.795441°W / 32.787166; -96.795441