10/03/2012

A New First Impression

Artful renovation reignites leasing at Dallas office building

 
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    Providence Towers went from 72% leased before renovation to 89.9% leased after its transformation.
    Photo Credit: KBS Realty Advisors
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    The remodel included the addition of theatrical lighting and chandeliers designed to showcase the grandeur of the spaces. All lighting uses CFLs, low-mercury or no-mercury lamps.
    Photo Credit: Karl Ludwig
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    The remodel included the addition of theatrical lighting and chandeliers designed to showcase the grandeur of the spaces. All lighting uses CFLs, low-mercury or no-mercury lamps.
    Photo Credit: Karl Ludwig
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The view from Dallas’ North Tollway has always been impressive: Providence Towers with its Neapolitan arch and polished red granite exterior gleaming against the backdrop of a burgeoning business district.

Inside the prominent building, however, another story was told. An outdated, monolithic lobby and a confusing entryway overshadowed the building’s numerous selling points. In 2011, Newport Beach, CA-based owner KBS Realty Advisors initiated a $3 million renovation of Providence Towers, aiming for a better first impression and hospitality-like service and amenities.

Brightening key entry points and reenergizing the grand lobby were some of the design objectives of Dallas-based Entos Design. By using classic, luxury materials like light marble stone to complement the existing granite and selecting contemporary, high-end furnishings, the designers realized KBS’ goal for improved ambiance.

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Owner: KBS Realty Advisors (submitter)

Design Architect: Entos Design

“Over the past 20 years, popular workplace design has moved in a lighter and warmer direction,” says Ken Robertson, senior vice president and asset manager at KBS. “Providence Towers has always embodied iconic design, and this was our chance to weave in a contemporary twist. We now have the best of both worlds and a one-of-a-kind environment that would be very difficult to duplicate.”

While Providence Towers already had an impressive list of on-site amenities (including a fitness center, shops, and a delicatessen), the renovation improved upon them by enhancing gathering areas and tenant lounges and providing access to a courtyard with a waterfall. The renovation also created an “elevated” garage experience with 100% covered parking. New paint and elevator vestibules, improved lighting, and directional signage provide the five-star hotel feeling KBS hoped to achieve.

Before the renovation, 72% of the building was leased; now, with its grand lobbies and updated entry points, Providence Towers is 89.9% leased.

“It’s been a huge success from an investment standpoint, and it has better positioned the project well into the future,” says Robertson, who notices that the changes are having a positive impact on the current tenants.

“It feels like a special place to do business now. Business owners and decision-makers tend to be visual, and, without question, there’s an emotional attachment to this property for our tenants.”

 

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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