SBD/February 14, 2014/Facilities

Cowboys Announce Team Of Developers For New HQs, Mixed-Use Facility In Frisco

The Cowboys have "named the development team" for its new HQs and practice facility in Frisco, Texas, "as well as the surrounding development on the 90-acre project," according to Candace Carlisle of the DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL. The team includes Dallas-based Lincoln Property, Houston-based Gensler, Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction, Dallas-based O'Brien Architects and Frisco-based Rex Real Estate. The Cowboys-anchored development will "become home to the football club's operations, including administrative offices, coaches' offices and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders." Gensler was selected "as the project's architect and interior designer of the Cowboys headquarters and publically-owned multiuse event center." Manhattan Construction is the project's "primary builder for the two facilities." The Cowboys "plan to move" into the new HQs by fall '16 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/13). In Dallas, Steve Brown notes Lincoln Property will be "in charge of marketing and leasing" the project. The firms were "jointly selected" by the Cowboys and city of Frisco. Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said that the "design and development team are working on plans for the project." He added, "We are in about the hundredth rendition of the ideas we have. We are refining it, especially what we want to do on the first 25 acres where the headquarters and event center will be." Brown notes Gensler has "designed major sports facilities," including the Lions HQs and training facility, FirstEnergy Stadium, the Lincoln Financial Field and Corinthian Stadium in São Paulo, which will be used during this year’s FIFA World Cup. Gensler Senior Project Dir Barry Hand said, "It’s going to be centered around sports and entertainment and dining. The intent is for it to have a very urban vibe." Jones said that Gensler’s "experience in mixed-use projects -- including the L.A. Live project in downtown Los Angeles -- added to the appeal of the firm" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/14).
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