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Real Deals: Tarleton breaks ground for engineering building

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Tarleton breaks ground for engineering building

Tarleton State University continued its yearlong centennial celebration as a founding member of the Texas A&M University System with groundbreaking ceremonies for a $54 million engineering building.

Originally referred to as the applied sciences building, the 97,800-square-foot facility will provide space for many programs now housed in facilities across the Stephenville campus, including civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, engineering technology and the new mechanical engineering degree programs.

“This new state-of-the-art building puts Tarleton’s engineering, engineering technology and computer science programs at the forefront of educational delivery for these disciplines,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp, “addressing current needs and providing space and flexibility for future growth.”

The number of Tarleton engineering, engineering technology and computer science students has doubled since 2010, according to President F. Dominic Dottavio, and enrollment growth is expected to continue.

“Thanks to a number of corporate and small-business partnerships that give our students the opportunity to solve real-world work challenges during their senior year, Tarleton’s engineering, engineering technology and computer science graduates are in high demand,” he explained.

The new engineering building is part of Tarleton’s fiscal year 2017-2020 Capital Plan approved last fall by the A&M System Board of Regents. It is set to open in late fall of 2018.

The first floor of the three-story building will house classrooms, offices and heavy-use and high-bay labs — with main corridors wide enough to move materials and equipment by forklift. Innovative classrooms, a robotics lab, a prototyping lab, a fluids and materials testing lab (including a flume and wind tunnel), computer labs and offices will be located on the upper floors.

Stantec is the architect and BE&K is the general contractor for the project.

TUESDAY MORNING EXPANDS

HULEN CENTER RETAIL SPACE

Dallas-based national retailer Tuesday Morning has signed a lease expansion adding 5,434 square feet to its store at Hulen Fashion Center, making the store 14,069 square feet. Tuesday Morning will begin a full renovation of the store, located at 5200 South Hulen St. in Fort Worth.

Easley Waggoner Jr. and Amanda Throckmorton of Venture Commercial represented Hulen Fashion Center in lease negotiations. Jeremy Zidell with The Retail Connection represented Tuesday Morning Inc.

Tuesday Morning Corp. is an off-price retailer specializing in selling deeply discounted, upscale decorative home accessories, housewares, seasonal goods and famous-maker gifts.

NAI ROBERT LYNN PROMOTES

FORMER CEO TO CHAIRMAN

NAI Robert Lynn, a company specializing in selling and leasing commercial real estate in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, has promoted Tom Lynn, president of the office division, to chairman. Lynn will collaborate with the board and executive team to set company strategy and evaluate ways to better serve clients.

“Tom’s father started NAI Robert Lynn more than 55 years ago and we are excited to see Tom’s role come full circle,” said Mark Miller, NAI Robert Lynn president. “Tom is a dynamic, high-energy leader and I have no doubt as chairman he’ll do an outstanding job leading our company initiatives and improving NAI Robert Lynn across the board.”

As former president and CEO, Lynn increased the business volume by 600 percent before selling the company in September 2001. He rejoined NAI Robert Lynn in 2003 as office division president and NAI business director. He leads an office division that handles 300 office transactions annually. As chairman, he will support NAI Robert Lynn team members company-wide and direct principals’ meetings. His primary focus will be on company culture and marketing initiatives.

With more than 31 years in commercial real estate, Lynn has negotiated more than 800 transactions, including the July 2016 sale of Geico’s former regional headquarters, a 240,000-square-foot building in Farmers Branch, and the largest industrial design-build for Sherwin-Williams in Waco, in 2016. He is known in the industry for handling the most complicated real estate assignments, and he closed the largest industrial deal in the United States in 2009.

LEASES

DFM Printpak has leased 47,675 square feet at Prologis GSW 56, 3709 E. Randol Mill Road in Arlington. Steve Koldyke and Brian Gilchrist of CBRE–Arlington and Jacob Milligan of Prologis represented the landlord.

The Peggs has leased 40,000 square feet at 617 S. Fourth Ave. in Mansfield. George Jennings of Holt Lunsford–Fort Worth represented the landlord.

Pet Supermarket has leased 7,431 square feet at Ridglea Village Shopping Center, 6008-6150 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.

Easley Waggoner and Amanda Throckmorton of Venture Commercial–DFW represented the landlord.

Women’s Health Services has leased 7,088 square feet at The Village at Sports Center, 5001-5005 S. Cooper St. in Arlington. Mojy Haddad of Oakhollow Group Ltd. represented the landlord.

Epic Health Services has leased 5,897 square feet at Bardin Pointe, 1351 E. Bardin Road in Arlington. Cribb Altman of Cushman & Wakefield–Dallas represented the tenant. Theron Bryant and Casey Tounget of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors–DFW represented the landlord.

Fine Floors By Ed White has leased 5,000 square feet at Berry 1, Building 1, 3815-3829 E. Loop 820 S. in Fort Worth. Daniel Hunt of Berkeley Partners Property Management–Dallas represented the landlord.

Med Spring has leased 4,500 square feet at 2501 W. Seventh St. in Fort Worth. Todd Davenport and Tyler Baucom of SCC Development Co. LLC represented the landlord.

Nizar Auto Group has leased 2,520 square feet at 1229 Colorado Lane, Building 800, in Arlington. William Ziegler of American Synergy Management represented the landlord.

National Hospice MedEquip has leased 2,335 square feet at Midway Business Park, 7451-7477 Airport Freeway in Richland Hills. Todd Hubbard and Michael Newsome of NAI Robert Lynn represented the landlord.

Zan Beauty Supply has leased 1,580 square feet at Rufe Snow Village, 6238-6246 Rufe Snow Drive in North Richland Hills. Jordan Cluff of Woodcrest Capital LLC represented the landlord.

Send real estate news to Robert Francis at rfrancis@bizpress.net.

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