Local real estate professionals, savvy investors, and truly anyone with an eye for urban revitalization are buzzing about the game-changing transformation of downtown’s One Allen Center into a lush, walkable destination.
Now, not to be outdone, the bustling center’s are getting a facelift, with news of a “Reimagining of Allen Center,” which will renew Two and Three Allen Center — and ultimately form a new, innovative complex.
The evolution of the three-building complex comes courtesy of Brookfield Properties, which has spearheaded One Allen Center’s dramatic change. The next phase of construction begins in April 2019 with estimated completion in late 2020.
Specifically, renovations for Two Allen Center include a new two-story lobby, second floor outdoor terrace (always a draw for the downtown crowd), and updated retail bays and tenant mix.
Three Allen Center will feature a renovated lobby as well as a new shower and locker facility. Renovated elevator lobbies and elevator cabs will be created for both buildings and a new sky bridge connection between Two and Three Allen Center.
The improvements and reimagining of the complex started in 2016, with Brookfield embarking on renovations of One Allen Center such as a two-story glass façade; a re-clad, transparent sky bridge that connects One and Two Allen Center; and the greenspace, named The ACRE and completed in 2017.
Chef Troy Guard will debut a glass box restaurant, Guard + Grace, in Fall 2019. Most recently, plans for C. Baldwin, formerly the DoubleTree Hotel, were announced and include redesigned guest rooms and common areas; a signature restaurant; an activated greenspace; and state-of-the-art meeting and event space.
“We have taken a holistic approach for changes at Allen Center,” says Travis Overall, executive vice president and head of the Texas region for Brookfield Properties, in a statement.
“Through improvements at the street level, the creation of more open areas – inside and out, more natural light within our lobby areas, and retail and hotel features, we are anticipating the needs of our tenants and the evolving office experience.”
The renovation team includes Morrison Dilworth + Walls and PDR, the architects, and Tellepsen, the construction contractors.