Weiss/Manfredi selected to the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail

Jesse R. Dawson State Jail

Trinity Park Conservancy (Conservancy) announced today the selection of nationally-renowned WEISS/MANFREDI to bring new life to the former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail at 106 W Commerce Street. Dallas-based Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects (MMDA) will serve as the local architect.

The project team will work with the Conservancy to integrate the building and its surrounding neighborhoods into Harold Simmons Park (Park), the planned 200+ acre park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) along the Trinity River, connecting downtown Dallas to West and South Dallas.

The Conservancy launched a public search process for the 106 W Commerce project in July that resulted in 45 submissions from a diverse array of local, regional, national and international architecture firms. Dallas firm Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects will Serve as Local Architect for Project.

A search committee comprised of eight Conservancy representatives reviewed the proposals, scoring them on the following criteria: firm experience and ethos with a focus on adaptive reuse, civic spaces, development feasibility, sustainability, local understanding, and community partnership (40%); team experience (30%); business inclusion plan (20%); and an inspiration board for the project (10%). Source by Weiss/Manfredi and images Courtesy of Kubany Judlowe.

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