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Historic icon refurbished

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DALLAS/FT WORTH - Proudly celebrating 32 years of operations providing architectural, engineering and building enclosure consulting services across the globe. Conley Group was founded by Bill Conley in 1987.






    Conley Group delivers successful restoration, repair and remediation for client’s facilities both public and private. Conley Group has performed evaluation, design, and management on over 6,500 roofing and waterproofing projects representing over $2.7 billion in completed remedial construction in 34 states and 19 countries worldwide.
    The original construction value of the Dallas Municipal Building at 106 Harwood was reported at around $400,000 before furnishings. Today, the building is in the final stages of a $14,000,000 exterior restoration. Constructed in 1914, the 106 Harwood building falls under two periods of historical significance according to the Texas Historical Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the building is nationally recognized as the site of the 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassination. Following his arrest for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald was taken to the 106 Harwood Municipal Building for processing. On Sunday, November 24, Jack Ruby shot Oswald in the basement of the Municipal Building as he was being transferred to the Dallas County Jail. 
    The City of Dallas launched a substantial adaptive reuse effort for the historic Municipal Building in downtown Dallas. Clad in Indiana limestone and decorative terra cotta ornamentation, the 100-plus-year-old Beaux-Arts style structure will continue for many years to come, as it becomes the new home for the University of North Texas Law School. The structure had suffered significant deterioration of the ornate, exterior decorative elements. As a result, an extensive exterior wall remediation, interior demolition, structural stabilization work, interior remodel, renovation and tenant finish-out was required. The project required sensitivity and adherence to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties & Texas Historical Commission’s “Period of Significance” guidelines. Critical restoration elements included all entry doors, copper chapeau, mansard roof, tile, limestone, granite and terra cotta cladding.
    The first phase involved repair/replacement of the fourth floor decorative terra cotta cornices and frieze elements, clay tile roofing and copper ornamentation, provision of new waterproofing for the basement and sub-basement levels, cleaning the exterior façade, window replacement, as well as ADA compliance.  Conley Group successfully facilitated this complete historically-correct exterior renovation.
    Conley’s extensive cleaning and restoration of the exterior wall components returned the exterior to its original glory. Their services also upgraded MEP/cooling functions and separated metered utilities.
    Conley Group was selected by the City of Dallas to serve as prime contractor on this project. Conley Group’s Principal & Senior Architect, Ken Paar led this historic restoration alongside City of Dallas Senior Project Manager, Carl Janak. Paar provided the City of Dallas with a complete project masterplan. He also worked closely with the Texas Historic Commission to ensure that all restoration efforts were historically accurate and respected the original architecture. Conley Group worked with Phoenix 1 Restoration who served as general contractor. Design Team members included Structural Consultant Jaster Quintanilla; MEP Consultant Morning & Associates; Environmental Consultant Resource Environmental Consulting and Preservation Consultant Quimby McCoy.
    Conley Group continues to depend on their subconsultant team that was used for this project for their respective expertise in their related field. Conley Group has worked with the City of Dallas since 1990. “We are very appreciative of the opportunities we have had to restore some of the City’s most iconic and historic buildings,” says Paar. -cmw

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