Architectural Products - May/June 2022

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New Digs in Downtown Dallas The Beck Group shares the lessons they learned in office lighting, layouts, and crafting their corporate identity in steel and concrete. by Jeff Pitts, contributing writer

The Beck Group—an architecture, design, and construction firm headquartered in Dallas—moved into its new corporate office within the 50-story Santander Tower in late 2019. Instrumental in the gargantuan effort to completely reconfigure the three-floor, 80,000-sq. ft. space were Michael Kaiser, The Beck Group’s National Director of Design, and Javier Ortiz, another leading designer at the company. The duo recently took time away from their busy schedules

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and dished to Architectural Products magazine about the good, the bad and the home, sweet, home.

Location. Location. Location. Although the firm contemplated relocating closer to its former space—in the arts district near Klyde Warren Park— the options there mostly consisted of newly built buildings. While brand new boasts certain advantages, the price tags encouraged the group to consider other locations.

“The building is basically in the dead center of downtown,” explains Kaiser, and we’re halfway up which means amazing views on all sides. “We’re surrounded by all of the iconic buildings of downtown,” he continues, “and a lot of them we built.” The firm’s prodigious history goes back nearly 100 years in Dallas and consists of too many high-profile projects to list. The deal was sealed for this project, The Beck Group would

forgo new construction, instead opting to leverage its formidable architecture, design, and construction skills into getting more for less.

Michael Kaiser, The Beck Group’s National Director of Design, and Javier Ortiz, one of the lead designers were instrumental in completing The Beck Group’s renovation.

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