The legacy of a vintage Dallas structure set for renovation will, after transformation to a modern performance venue, be associated with both munitions and musicians.

The adaptive reuse project to create new space applications from old will draw upon talents of engineering and construction C1S Group,, Dallas, which been engaged to provide design-build services to restore the historic former production facility, and renovate it for live concert audiences.

When completed in March 2015, the newly renovated Bomb Factory is expected to be the largest concert venue in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas.

The 48,000-sq.ft. facility, located on Canton St. near downtown Dallas, is an early 20th Century building that was originally an automotive plant, as well as served as a munitions factory during World War II. Over time, the space was subdivided to accommodate smaller tenants, but has been largely unoccupied since the early 2000s.

The first stage of construction is to demolish several demising walls and other infrastructure that are in various states of disrepair. Then C1S will remove and replace the existing roof structure in order to increase the overall facility height. This will make it possible to accommodate stage equipment and allow the addition of a mezzanine level for added capacity and to create a VIP area.

C1S will build a new stage, several bar areas, complete the design and installation of a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, and add a new electrical system. The result will be an historic building “re-imagined” as a space for hosting modern-day concert events.

“Maintaining the ‘Deep Ellum feel’ to the building is important to the project team,” says Matt Strong, PE, LEED AP and president of C1S Group. “Having completed several projects in the area, including an office, a restaurant, and even a sculpture installation, we are well in sync with the uniqueness of the neighborhood and have let that inspire us as we work on this project.”

Deep Ellum is a section of Dallas developed in the late 1800s as a residential and commercial neighborhood on the east side of downtown. As one of Dallas’ first commercial districts for African-Americans and European immigrants, Deep Ellum is identified as one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in the city and boasts the city’s largest collection of commercial storefronts from the early 20th century.

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