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Grand Expansion of Dallas Hotel The Joule Led by ForrestPerkins

Monday, January 23, 2012
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ForrestPerkins is honored to be the Architect of Record for the expansion of The Joule, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The project, located downtown on Main and Commerce streets includes the expansion of the historic existing five-star Joule hotel to three historic adjacent buildings, and the addition of approximately 30,000 square feet of new construction on two adjacent lots. Ultimately, the stylish landmark hotel will be almost the size of a city block. ForrestPerkins, an international architecture and design firm, is collaborating on the extensive renovation and expansion with Tihany Design, which is in charge of creating the hotel concept and its interiors, and Architexas, the historic preservation architect for the project.

ForrestPerkins is coordinating all aspects of the design and construction of this intricate project, which combines four separate protected buildings, each more than 80 years old, into one cohesive hotel, connected by a new construction, modern building. Construction of The Joule's renovation began in July 2011.

By the time the renovation is completed in the fall of 2012, The Joule will have:

Increased its ballroom, meeting space and pre-function areas to 14,000 square feet
Added 21 new guest rooms, eight new suites and three new penthouse suites
Added a new Charlie Palmer specialty food hall that will provide freshly prepared gourmet foods in a casual setting
Added a luxurious new 10,800-square-foot ESPA spa, which will feature a geothermal pool, six treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, ice fountain and "experience showers"

For the façade of the new build three-story building that will connect the existing hotel to the nine-story historic building to its north, the team designed a dramatic, oversized glass elevator on the exterior that faces Main Street to the north of the hotel entrance to complement the signature cantilevered glass front pool that sits on the rooftop of The Joule and extends out over Main Street. The sleek glass elevator will whisk more than 20 guests at a time to the ballroom level and will also arrive at a separate event space at the new 4,500-square-foot Garden Level Terrace. For the terrace, ForrestPerkins designed a modern open air pavilion which will accommodate up to 500 people and can be closed during extreme weather conditions. In addition, the 2,000-square-foot PM Lounge housed below the hotel lobby will be transformed into a theatrical "adult playground" featuring a screening room for up to 26 people and a 1,350-square-foot recording studio and bar/lounge.

"ForrestPerkins is proud to be working with Headington Companies, owner of The Joule, to support its vision for burnishing the acclaimed and highly successful hotel, and to team with Tihany Design and Architexas to enhance and expand this world-class luxury property," says Deborah Forrest, FASID, principal in charge and co-founder of ForrestPerkins. On that note, Headington rescued historic mosaic artwork by renowned artist Millard Sheets and his team of more than 20 artists out of the Mercantile National Bank Building in Dallas when it was demolished in 2005. The handmade mosaics, crafted in Venice, Italy depict several themes including the elements-earth, wind, fire and water-and span from a few feet high to more than 20 feet. ForrestPerkins is collaborating with Tihany Design and Architexas to readapt and integrate the Venetian mosaics, some of which are made of gold, platinum, glass and precious stones, into the renovated Joule, where they will be displayed throughout the hotel.

ForrestPerkins' Vice President Jerry Flemons, AIA, LEED®AP, Senior Project Architect for the expansion, is overseeing the renovation of approximately 100,000-square-feet of existing buildings, which includes three vacant buildings and the renovated areas of the current hotel. "All three of the vacant buildings we are renovating are on the National Register of Historic Places," Flemons says.

ForrestPerkins / Principal in Charge Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID; Senior Project Architect and Vice President Jerry Flemons, AIA, LEED®AP; Project Architect Tanh Nguyen; Project Coordinator Amanda Allen Sandburg; Project Coordinator Gi-Hyong Kim; Intern Architect Elsie James; Senior Design Architect Mark Hopper, AIA, and Senior Technician Mick Jones

Tihany Design / Principal Adam D. Tihany; Senior Designer Gisselle Ceniza; Senior FFE Designer Chandler Oldham; and Interior Designers Agata Kowalska, Marco Barone, and Alessia Genova

Architexas / Founding principal Craig Melde; Senior Historic Preservation Specialist Jay Firsching; Project Architect Eduardo Churquina; Architect Jose Reyes, and Intern Architect Brandon Burris

Ricca Newmark Design / Partner Sean Callnin, FFCSI

Balfour Beatty / Senior Project Manager Robert Smith; Senior Project Engineer Brad Karazsia

Blum Consulting Engineers / Principal Ken Smith; Project Engineers Ken Smith, Chris Rosol, Shannon Swan and Nate Etchenkamp

L.A. Fuess Partners / Principal and Vice President Mark Peterman; Project Engineer Will Ryan; Hugo Escobar

Lang Lighting Design, Inc. / President Andy Lang, AIA, IALD; Lighting Designer Jacob Gerber

La Terra Studio / Principal and CEO Michael Black; Designer and Project Manager Nicholas Smith

ABOUT ForrestPerkins
Founded in 1998 by Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, and Stephen Perkins, AIA, ISHC, ForrestPerkins is dedicated to providing the highest quality interior design and architectural services to the owners and operators of luxury and landmark hotels and prestigious multi-residential projects worldwide. With offices in Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, DC, ForrestPerkins lends its creative vision and design expertise to the most prestigious hotel groups in the world. ForrestPerkins has designed and/or renovated luxury hotels worldwide. For more information about ForrestPerkins, visit www.ForrestPerkins.com.

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