Friday, February 20, 2015

Perot will tap top talent for downtown Dallas skyscraper project



One of the most frequent questions I’m asked these days is when will Dallas get another skyscraper?

Not since the 1980s has Big D seen a truly tall office building constructed downtown.

Most of the current crop of buildings range in height from 15 to 25 floors.


DMN File Photo
Chase Tower in Downtown Dallas
The last true downtown skyscraper was the 55-story Chase Tower, which opened in Ross Avenue in 1987.

Dallas’ tallest building – the 72-story Bank of America Plaza – turns 30 this year.

The best chance for a real skyline changing building downtown could be a site on Woodall Rodgers at Field Street.

Ross Perot Jr. bought the 1.75-acre Bank of America motorbank on the corner back in 2013.

Since then the businessman and developer has done preliminary planning for the property with architect HOK.

Zoning on the corner allows construction of a more than 1.5 million-square-foot skyscraper with no height restrictions.

So Perot has decided to think big with the property.

“We are going to have a competition to design a building and bring top architects from across the world,” he said. “We need to get these great architects in the city.”

The Perot family picked award-winning Seattle architect Mithun Inc. to do its new campus on Turtle Creek.

And the namesake Perot Museum of Nature and Science was designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne.

Perot said he wants a landmark building to attract a major business tenant to downtown Dallas.

“That site is totally tied to an anchor tenant,” he said. “And there are three or four million square feet of major tenants whose leases are coming due soon.”

With a high-style building as bait and a prime location, Perot’s planned project could land a whopper of an office lease deal – at least he hopes so.


Ross Perot Jr. bought the Bank of America motorbank on Woodall Rodgers in 2013 with plans for a new tower.

Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News