C1S Group, a nationally-renowned full-service professional engineering and construction firm based in Dallas, completed a design-build project that restored a historic commercial building. A celebratory ribbon cutting on March 26, 2015 will mark the opening of the newly renovated Bomb Factory, the latest music venue in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas.
Working with owners and music venue entrepreneurs Clint and Whitney Barlow and the developer, Westdale Real Estate Investment and Management, C1S created a setting for modern live concert audiences from an early 20th century building. Originally an automotive plant and then an actual munitions factory during World War Two, the Bomb Factory is now a state-of-the-art live music showplace that can accommodate as many as 4,300 concert attendees.
C1S Group transformed the 50,000 square-foot facility, located on Canton St. near downtown Dallas, by removing and replacing the existing roof structure in order to increase the overall facility height to 38 feet. This provides unobstructed views throughout for an optimal concert experience and also allowed for the addition of a mezzanine level for added capacity and to create a VIP area. The building contains a new stage, several bar areas, and amenities specifically for artists, including four dressing rooms, on-site laundry and work out facilities.
The renovation also included the design and installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as adding a new electrical system.
“The renovation has created the largest music venue and event space in Deep Ellum, an area known for its music scene, while still retaining the industrial feel of the original building,” said Matt Strong, PE, LEED AP and president of C1S Group. “This is our fourth project in the neighborhood, so the C1S team is in sync with the uniqueness of the area and we let that inspire our work on this project. It’s been exciting to see this building transform into the Bomb Factory and we wish the Barlow’s success in this new venture.”
The Bomb Factory’s opening night on March 26 will feature Dallas native and two time Grammy winning performer Erykah Badu.
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 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.
About C1S Group
C1S Group is an engineering, construction and sustainability consulting firm specializing in the design and installation of projects for existing facilities. As experts in providing solutions for critical and manufacturing environments, C1S drives energy efficiency, maintainability and value in every project. The C1S client list varies from global Fortune 500 organizations to highly specialized entities with one facility. The C1S business model calls for the agility to work on multiple projects across geographic locations with varying complexities. For more information, visit www.c1sinc.com.