The Dallas office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will has relocated to the historic Dallas High School building, renovated for commercial use after having sat vacant for nearly twenty years. The firm’s local design studio occupies more than 39,500 square feet of the building – the entire third floor and part of the second floor. A grand opening and 30th anniversary celebration are slated for early 2018.
Built in 1907, the Dallas High School building is a three-and-one-half story classical revival structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The reuse of its interior spaces is a highly sustainable design approach, which supports Perkins+Will’s focus on sustainability, environmental performance, and health and well-being. Perkins+Will’s new design studio is among the first offices in north Texas to pursue three third-party health and wellness certifications: LEED Platinum, WELL Gold, and Fitwel.
“For over 80 years, Perkins+Will has established itself as a leader in building design and innovation through our commitment to improving the built environment for all who experience it,” says Tom Reisenbichler, Managing Director of the Dallas practice. “In this new office location we continue Perkins+Will’s legacy of leading the design profession. Great teams respect one another, learn from each other, and cherish the creative nature of diversity,” Reisenbichler noted. “These attitudes inspire the creation of great design, and it is with these goals in mind that we commit ourselves to our new home.”
The Dallas office of Perkins+Will was established in 1988 and is one of the largest practices in the firm, harnessing the expertise of more than 180 architects, interior designers, and planners. The office's multi-disciplinary work spans nearly every sector, including healthcare, education, corporate, and civic. Selected recent projects in north Texas include UT Southwestern Medical Center Radiation Oncology, The Richards Group, Dallas Fire Station 27, Bishop Lynch High School Leyden Arts & Athletics Complex, and the University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building. Current projects include Sports Therapy and Research at The Star, The Epic Deep Ellum, Desoto ISD Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, Collin College Collin Technical Center, Frito Lay Headquarters, and Toyota Connected.