Alliance Town Center Phase I Office
Fort Worth, Texas
The master plan for this development focuses on incorporating urban concepts in an office development that wants to attract a workforce that desires walkability and access to amenities. A “veloway” serving both pedestrians and bikes connect the buildings along the main spine to the nodes of retail at either end which provide restaurants and other services, and also connect to the larger network of trails. The buildings flank the street and provide areas of additional activities along the way that serve the office tenants and trail users.
The four-story building in Phase One is oriented with the long axis fronting along Hillwood Parkway facing due West. This entry facade has been carefully designed to mitigate excessive summer heat gain through a variety of solar screening devices.
The tilt-wall panels are kept relatively simple and repetitive with much of the design emphasis provided by these screens, canopies and lush landscaping.
The entry canopy along the entire width of the building is deep enough to screen the glass curtainwall at the large entry plaza. As the canopy shortens in depth along the tilt-wall portion of the elevation it screens the fourth-floor windows. The second and third floor western facing tilt-wall windows are covered with a laser-cut metal perforated screen assembly held 30” off the face of the tilt-wall for maximum efficiency. The ground floor is designed for intermittent leasing access along the length of the façade. The tall floor to ceiling glass along this façade is screened with natural deciduous continuous landscaping.