American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter (AIA Dallas) and the Dallas Center for Architecture announced today they will relocate their offices to Republic Center at 325 N. St. Paul, across from the planned Pacific Plaza park.
AIA Dallas was represented in this transaction by Eliza Solender of Solender/Hall. Republic Center was represented by Kathy Permenter, Trae Anderson and Sarah Savage of Younger Partners. The long-term lease is for 13,708 square feet of office, exhibition and meeting space on the building's first two floors, connected by an interior staircase. General offices will be located on the second floor, while exhibition and meeting space will be prominently on street level. Exclusive use of an outdoor patio area offers additional opportunities for programming and entertainment.
"This new location offers our organization, totaling more than 2,000 members from 300 architecture firms, some truly unique opportunities our members have been seeking. We are creating a special workspace in a landmark building, expanding our programming, and further impacting the development of the surrounding community," said Nunzio DeSantis, FAIA, 2017 president of AIA Dallas and senior partner at Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects. "Our space in Republic Center is located in the heart of the city center near public transportation, has high street-front visibility and pedestrian traffic, and is directly across from what will be a special new outdoor space; Pacific Plaza. We look forward to transforming this multi-level space and moving into the neighborhood next summer."
"Finding the right space required us to balance many different requirements, and Republic Center was that proverbial needle in a haystack," said Solender. "It is easily accessible by members and the public; it is in a significant building with a lot of pedestrian traffic; it has a highly visible street-level location that can be used for classes, exhibitions and programs; and it is next to a soon-to-be-built city park. Solender/Hall looks forward to helping AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture celebrate the opening of their new offices sometime next summer."
“Our owners listened to the needs of AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture. Together, we found an ideal solution to their challenges. Our partnership combines a great location, offering incredible exhibit space, as well as ample meeting and office space in Republic Center,” said Ms. Permenter. “Republic Center is a gem in the Central Business District and the partnership with these outstanding organizations will be a great addition to the tower’s tenant line-up.”
Jan Blackmon, FAIA, executive director of AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture, added, "We enjoyed our time in the current offices, but the ability to add nearly 50 percent more space in a significant urban core building, in an up-and-coming neighborhood, offers an opportunity for us to truly impact the core of the city through quality-of-life oriented architecture and design. AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture see this new office as the perfect alignment of our workspace with our mission."
ABOUT AIA DALLAS
AIA Dallas, the sixth largest chapter of The American Institute of Architects, empowers architects to excel and impact their practice, profession, and community. AIA Dallas has a membership base of more than 2,200 members and 300 architectural firms. Member efforts support professional development, education, advocacy, thought-provoking programming, and seven signature events. For more information, visit www.aiadallas.org
ABOUT THE DALLAS CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
The Dallas Center for Architecture works to encourage the conversation about why architecture matters to YOU. The Center seeks to foster the public's understanding of the power of architecture to enrich our city and our lives through the programs, exhibits, and tours that the Center presents. For more information, visit www.DallasCFA.com.
Since 1991, Solender/Hall has been specializing in the representation of small and medium sized companies and nonprofit organizations in the North Texas area. Find out more at www.solenderhall.com or by calling 214.265.8200.