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Thursday, November 10, 2016
What's Up with the Top of That 400 Record Street Tower in DownTown Dallas?
Anyone who's been to the southwest side of downtown Dallas lately is asking the same thing - what's going on on the top of that building?
Construction crews have been dismantling the upper floors of the 17-story former Belo Building at Young and Market Streets.
Now called 400 Record Street, the 1980s high-rise is getting a top to bottom redo.
Most noticeable is all the work on the upper three floors where contractors have removed the granite and glass exterior.
On the weekends, towering construction cranes lift new beams to the top of the building.
The profile of the downtown tower is being changed with an outdoor garden and deck on the roof, the architect who worked on the makeover says.
"We wanted to redefine the bounding on the skyline - give it a new presence," said Zach Edwards, principal with architect Gensler. "The new owners wanted to rebrand it as their headquarters building."
City Electric Supply - which bought the tower in 2014 - will use the refigured top of the building for its executive offices.
"On the 17th floor before it had a glassed in sky garden," Edwards said. "It wasn't a very hospitable place. - not very usable.
"We pitched the idea of opening it up and creating and outdoor sky garden with view of the Trinity River," he said. "It's going to create an outdoor event space and they will be able to host events and gatherings up there.'
A metal grid canopy that matches the one being installed at the base of the tower will extend over the new opening at the top.
"We need to provide some shelter - we didn't want it baking up there all day," Edwards said.
Opening the top of the tower and installing that grid takes some work to accommodate wind and water. "We had a full team of engineers and a wind analysis done," he said.
On the downtown side of the tower, the upper floors are getting an all-new look, too.
"The slender windows and stone have been removed and being replaced with floor to ceiling glass," Edwards said.
A final addition to the tower exterior will be installation of LED lighting effects.