Case Studies

Jefferson Center – O’Brien Architects

Luxury living just minutes from the booming Dallas-Fort Worth area

Located in the fast-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area, Jefferson Center is a multifamily residential development by JPI. A three-story Class A development situated on 30 acres in Richardson, Texas, Jefferson Center features 360 walk-up style units spread across 12 distinct buildings.

As the nation’s second fastest-growing metropolitan area with more than 140,000 new residents since 2015, the Dallas-Fort Worth region has experienced a surge in demand for quality, upscale housing over the last decade. A historically significant site for the telecommunications industry, Richardson has branded itself as the Telecom Corridor in a bid to both honor this history and drive future economic growth.

Jefferson Center – O’Brien Architects

The city is home to a number of telecom-related industries, including communications giants such as AT&T, Samsung, Cisco and Verizon as well as many computer gaming, clean tech, cloud computing and semiconductor companies. As these telecommunications companies continue to expand their presence in the area, developments like Jefferson Center are giving employers an added incentive when it comes to attracting top-quality staff.

A growing slate of top-tier amenities

Designed by Dallas-based O’Brien Architects, Jefferson Center is a gated development with first-class amenities, including a resort-style outdoor pool with grilling areas and cabanas, a jogging path, the Bark Park for four-legged residents and two sand volleyball courts.

Built with the live-work-play lifestyle in mind, Jefferson Center also features business and fitness facilities, including a CrossFit-style fitness center and coffee bar. The development’s one-, two- and three-bedroom units include large designer kitchens, granite countertops, walk-in closets and nine-foot ceilings. The gated community is set to add a number of features to its fitness center in the near future, including indoor basketball, Pilates, yoga, ping pong and racquetball facilities.

Located 14 miles from Dallas, Jefferson Center is adjacent to the President George Bush Highway making it an ideal choice for commuters. The development is also convenient for those looking to explore Richardson’s dining and nightlife scene, with top restaurants, retail stores and markets located just steps from the front door.

From amenities and location to design elements and density, Jefferson Center has no trouble distinguishing itself from other multifamily residential developments in the area. The multifamily residential development sits on a spacious 20 acres, giving residents a sense of privacy and ample outdoor space to explore.

“We had a very low density per acre and there is actually a very large amount of open space for a project of this type,” says Mark Guest, associate with O’Brien Architects. “The owners wanted a very high design aesthetic for the building, so we probably went a little above and beyond on the exterior finishes than we normally would have.”

Hurdles and solutions

Construction on Jefferson Center began in 2013 and was wrapped by 2015. While the $30 million project originally had a tighter deadline, road blocks in the property purchase phase stretched out the schedule to a more manageable pace.

Developers faced a number of challenges during the construction of Jefferson Center, not the least of which was dealing with city codes that limited the number of apartments that the development could include. This hurdle on the municipal level required O’Brien Architects to phase the development as two separate projects, building each half of Jefferson Center as a separate development divided by a fence and each with its own leasing center.

“Eventually we went back and applied for a variance that allowed us to make it into one large project, so now you can go through the property and get from one phase to another without the intervening fence,” says Guest.

Having completed more than 4,500 projects across the country, O’Brien Architects is an experienced firm with a background that encompasses myriad market sectors including multifamily, office, retail, mixed use, industrial, assisted living, health care, civic, grocery and interiors.

Founded in 1974 by Jack O’Brien, and now on the shoulders of Sean O’Brien, O’Brien Architects is a full-service firm completing master planning and interior design for a range of clients. Founded on the principals of integrity, respect and service, O’Brien Architects strives to continue the mission of founder Jack O’Brien.

The firm has been recognized with a number of awards for its work in the Dallas area, including most recently Best Real Estate Deals in both the industrial development and restaurant/retail sectors in 2015 from the Dallas Business Journal.

With luxury, resort-style amenities and a prime location, the 360-unit Jefferson Center development will provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the Class A accommodations it needs to continue along its historic growth trajectory.

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