Dallas County is reviving the Dallas County Records Building Complex by renewing each of its three historic buildings:The Old Criminal Courts Building (built in 1915), The Records Building (built in 1928) and The Records Building Annex (built in 1955) . The Complex will prove a unique intersection of the old and the new and a simultaneous encapsulation of the past, present and future of Dallas County.  More information about the project can be found here.

As part of the renovation, Gensler and contractor MB3 (a joint venture between Manhattan Construction Co., Thos. S. Byrne, and 3i Construction) will connect the buildings into one. "Each building has different floorplates," Gensler project director Brian Nicodemus says, and they did not originally touch. “That was one problem we had to figure out—how to make this building as flexible as possible and maximize the floorplate,” he said. Gensler will remove some upper floors and completely reinstall them so the new floorplates are level across all three structures.

In a move dubbed “re-coring the pineapple,” MB3 and Gensler will consolidate the buildings’ mechanical, data, and electrical infrastructures and elevators in a centralized spine. Upon its completion in March 2020, the Dallas County Records Building will be 320,000 square feet, about 40,000 more square feet than its current setup. Part of the increased square footage comes from the addition of a seventh floor that will be used for special events and will be open to the public.

TOUR LEADER:  Brian Nicodemus, AIA, Gensler
With two decades of experience specializing in county, municipal, regional, and civic facilities within Dallas/Fort Worth and the greater U.S., Brian is a successful consensus‐builder. Highly experienced in coordinating seamlessly amongst multiple stakeholders on complex government and community projects, he excels in creating a collaborative working environment in which all parties feel their voices are heard. Brian has a rare gift of finding common ground amongst various viewpoints, and ensuring that every stakeholder has fully participated in the final outcome of a project. His passion for civic and community work is driven by a desire to give back to the public officials who sacrifice to serve their community. An award‐winning architect skilled at balancing budgets and managing complex teams, Brian’s greatest passion is to serve those who serve others.

This is a hard hat tour requiring full PPE.  Each registrant must bring their own hard hat, safety vest, closed-toe shoes and long pants to be admitted to the construction site.


You are welcome to join a representative of the architect and the contractor for lunch after the tour.  Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour.