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Key Firms Named For Cowboys’ Headquarters Project in Frisco

Posted Feb 14, 2014


FRISCO, Texas - The development of the new World Headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys and the city multi-use event center in Frisco, Texas is moving forward with the announcement of key firms that will play major roles in the project.  Heading that list are Lincoln Property Company, Gensler, Manhattan Construction, O’Brien Architects and Rex Real Estate.  The project will be within a mixed-use development consisting of approximately 90 acres of land and will be located in Frisco at the northwest corner of Warren Parkway and Dallas North Tollway.

The mixed-use development will be anchored by the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and a city multi-use event center.  This publicly owned, multi-use event center will be used by the City of Frisco and Frisco Independent School District (FISD) to host various activities, including athletic competitions, graduations and other special events and programs.  The Cowboys Headquarters will become the new home to the Cowboy’s entire football operation, including administrative offices, coaches’ offices and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  The partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and the City of Frisco and the FISD was announced in August of 2013.

The development will also have additional office buildings, lifestyle, retail and restaurant space, hotel and residential components which Lincoln Property Company will handle the marketing and leasing of once these elements are completed.

Dallas-based Lincoln Property Company is one of the nation’s largest diversified real estate companies with divisional heads David Pettle, Executive Vice President - Office; Jeff Courtwright, Executive Vice President - Residential; and Robert Dozier, Executive Vice President - Retail collaborating on this development.

“The opportunity to be a part this iconic project and work alongside such dynamic partners as the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco, and the Frisco Independent School District is very exciting,” said Pettle.  “We are enthusiastically looking forward to getting started.”

“We’re thrilled to have Lincoln Property handle the point on the leasing and development of this historic development,” said Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones.  “In our partnership with the City of Frisco and the FISD, we have a very strong collective commitment to bring the very best players to the team in terms of building, design and development.  With the inclusion of Gensler and Associates, Manhattan Construction and O’Brien and Associates, our team is taking shape and we are eager to move forward.”

“We’re ecstatic about the team of contractors and consultants assembled to carry out our vision,” said Mayor Maher Maso.  “When we partnered with FISD and the Dallas Cowboys, we vowed to build a unique, innovative development that will generate tourism and enhance our residents’ quality of life. We’re confident these professionals are the right team to create the model facility we all envision.”

Frisco ISD officials echoed that sentiment. “Public-private partnerships have become a hallmark of this community and have proven to provide extraordinary opportunities to all citizens, particularly our students in Frisco ISD,” Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Superintendent of Schools, stated.

Gensler has been selected as the architect and interior designer for the Cowboys World Headquarters and the adjoining city multi-use event center.  Founded in 1965, Gensler is a global design firm, with 46 offices, 27 practice areas and more than 4,000 employees worldwide. Gensler’s sports practice is a multidisciplinary group of professionals with many years of experience in the design and planning of innovative professional and collegiate venues, fitness/recreation centers and sports-anchored entertainment districts around the world. The team has made a major impact on sports facility design through its work on the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility; FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns; The Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field; Farmers Field, Los Angeles, CA; and Corinthian Stadium, site of the 2014 World Cup, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Manhattan Construction will serve as the primary builder charged with the construction of the Cowboys World Headquarters and the city multi-use event center.  Manhattan enjoys a reputation as one of the most productive and respected construction firms in the nation.  The company has also been recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 U.S. builder.  Manhattan's Texas region specializes in building facilities and stadiums for professional sports teams, local municipalities, universities and development groups.  Manhattan was the primary builder for AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, TX; The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers); Apogee Stadium (University of North Texas), and the firm is currently heading up the refurbishing of historic Kyle Field (home of the Texas A&M football Aggies) in College Station, TX. 

Dallas based O’Brien Architects has been designated as the designer for the master plan of the mixed-use development that will surround the Cowboys World Headquarters and the city multi-use event center. Founded in 1974, O’Brien Architects is a full-service, multidisciplinary architecture, planning and interior design firm. The firm has a long-standing reputation for its innovative design solutions with unique visioning and animation services. With more than 4,500 projects completed nationwide, O’Brien Architects serves clients in a variety of market sectors including:  retail, office, mixed use, industrial, government, healthcare, civic, interiors and multi-family. The firm’s extensive master planning experience consists of multiple large complex, mixed use sites, including Grandscape in The Colony, TX; Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge, LA., and The Streets of Brentwood in Brentwood, CA.

In addition, Rex Real Estate of Frisco played the key third party role in the real estate portion of the deal between the City of Frisco, the Frisco Community Development Corporation, Blue Star Land and the Dallas Cowboys.

A groundbreaking date in 2014 is still to be determined, but the Cowboys are planning the move to Frisco in the fall 2016 from their current headquarters located in Irving, Texas, the team’s training home since 1985.

 

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