Our team collaborated with three property stakeholders and the Mayor of Dallas to develop the Amazon HQ2 Supersite Masterplan vision. The multiple stakeholders recognized the supersite as a, “rising tide which lifts all boats” by repairing an urban dead zone to achieve the following goals:
-Reconnect the Southern edge Dallas CBD across the expansive I-30 freeway corridor, to the adjacent & underserved Cedars West neighborhood. -Achieve connectivity through a grand (15 acre) deck-over freeway parkway -The parkway stretches 2000 ft in length and span 250 ft over traffic below. -Create a central Amazon Campus zone to act as the East-West public plaza spine, enabling North-South cross traffic access to knit the city fabric together in a hub & spoke plan model. -Envisioned as a 16hr/day, 28 million sf HQ2 interconnected campus development for the 50,000 Amazon employees and larger Dallas community. -This landmark project would become the new civic pedestrian gateway to the Trinity river corridor. -Enhanced mobility & connectivity through multi-mode transportation infrastructure – exemplifying Transit Oriented Design (reduced parking requirements by 50%) including the forthcoming High-Speed Bullet Train, regional and citywide DART rail system. -Mobility strategy utilizing on-site autonomous vehicle technology. -Walkability including access to public greenspace (+20 acres of new outdoor urban areas). -The site sits within a federal opportunity zone to encourage development. -Development opportunity of +28 million additional sf to the Dallas downtown core. Currently Dallas features (+/-77 million sf) of commercial space. This equals an expansion of +/-35% of the existing CBD – a long-term growth model.
This effort looked at metrics concerning community impact, housing, education, transportation & infrastructure – achieving an unprecedented level of sharing, collaboration within the DFW development community while creating a dynamic vision for the future of Dallas.
Credits: Robert Casasus HKS, Andrew Cortez HKS, Angela Duan HKS, Francisco Barron HKS, Craig Kolstad HKS