JQ to Provide Facilities Assessment and Engineering for Restoration of Dallas Municipal Building
Dallas, TX The Dallas office of JQ is providing facilities assessment and structural and civil engineering for the exterior repairs and renovation of the Dallas Municipal Building, a 101-year-old landmark structure constructed in classic Beaux Arts style, that will become the future home of the University of North Texas Law School. Located at 106 South Harwood Street in downtown Dallas, the five-story, 98,425-square-foot building served as the City of Dallas' City Hall until 1978. Since then, several city offices and courts have continued to occupy the building.
According to JQ's Principal Mark LeMay, AIA, "This is one of Dallas' historic "˜jewels,' and we are pleased that JQ is on the project team engaged for this highly visible renovation." JQ has conducted similar services on some of the state's iconic structures, including the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, and more than 45 historic county courthouses throughout the state.
Clad in Indiana limestone and decorative terra cotta ornamentation, the building's exterior and shell construction will be restored in the initial phase of the $11.5 million renovation. The first phase involves repair of deteriorated sections of the below-grade concrete foundation, provision of new waterproofing for the basement and sub-basement levels, cleaning of the exterior faÃ§ade, window replacement, and repair and replacement of portions of the decorative terra cotta cornices and frieze elements, clay tile roofing and copper ornamentation, as well as the addition of handicap accessible ramps.
Challenges of the initial phase include the significant deterioration of the exterior decorative elements; the tight, downtown site location; the fact that the basement and sub-basement areas extend out under public sidewalks on three sides of the building; and, of course, the historic significance of the building itself. Says LeMay, "Given the scope of the restoration, we are moving forward with great diligence to ensure that this piece of Dallas' history endures for future generations."
The second phase will consist of interior renovations and finish out and will involve the preservation of historically significant areas of the building including those related to Lee Harvey Oswald's interrogation, temporary incarceration and shooting by Jack Ruby in 1963.
The project team includes the City of Dallas, the Conley Group, Phoenix 1 Restoration & Construction and JQ. Restoration is to be completed by the spring of 2016.