The design for this existing 50-story tower and eight story base element allows for the creation of new hotel and retail development.  When completed, the base of the tower will be completely transformed into a dynamic area with upwards of 100,000SF for retail.  The tower element will be developed for a 240-room luxury hotel and 340 residential units, supported by a wraparound amenity deck at the roof of the base element, including a pool and exercise room.  The 50th floor will feature an observation deck.

FOR THIS JOBSITE TOUR, YOU MUST WEAR FLAT, CLOSED-TOE SHOES, SAFETY GLASSES AND A HARD HAT.  MEET IN THE LOBBY OF MERRIMAN ANDERSON/ARCHITECTS, INC.  Parking is available for a fee in the MAA building or in other surrounding downtown area parking.

Tour Leaders:

Aimee Sanborn, AIA, LEED AP, Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.
Aimee Sanborn, Principal and Team Leader at MAA, is involved in project development from schematic design through construction administration. Mrs. Sanborn has special interest in multi-residential/mixed used high-rise developments, historic preservation and adaptive reuse.  Mrs. Sanborn is currently engaged in project management and LEED administration for several downtown Dallas historic preservation projects. These include 1401 Elm, a 50-story mixed use Mid-Century high-rise; the Ambassador, a 102-unit residential renovation project; and the Old Dallas High School, a City of Dallas Landmark. Previously completed hi-rise multi-family projects include 21 Rio in Austin, TX and Royal Court in Charlotte, NC.

Fred S. Martinez III, LEED AP BD+C, Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.
Fred Martinez has over 16 years of experience in a variety of project types from Planning through Construction Administration. Those project types include Multi-Family, Educational, Historical Restoration, Shell Office, Health Care, Industrial, Religious, Public Works, Transportation, and Corporate.  Fred’s latest MAA projects have included The Rollingwood Town Center office complex, two new office buildings and parking garage. The Centrum office building renovation which included a complete exterior and interior redesign in uptown Dallas. Also 1401 Elm a 50-story tower redevelopment in downtown Dallas.

Janet Spees, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate, Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.
Janet Spees has five years combined experience between working on a variety of project types including corporate office, healthcare, K-12, and higher education. Her experience spans interior renovations, additions and new construction. Her involvement encompasses all phases of design from Programming through Construction Administration.  Janet is currently working on 1401 Elm and the Dallas High School downtown Dallas renovation projects.


The Building Enclosure Council (BEC) is a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others located in major cities across the United States. The Dallas BEC was formed to address durability, design and the unique air, moisture and thermal performance challenges of building enclosures in Texas.