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Powerhouse

The building that will launch a million dreams.

About the Building

  • The building has a 54-foot continuous-flow escalator contained in a 150-foot glass-enclosed tube-like structure.

  • The building contains 248 miles of electric cabling.

  • The building contains 950 stairs throughout the campus.

  • The building has five floors, 80% of which is public space.

  • The building’s outer skin is made up of 656 textured precast concrete panels, totaling 4 million pounds.

  • The building sits on a 4.7 acre site.

  • The building is 170 feet tall, equivalent to a 14-story building.

  • The building uses structural glass in the lobby that is supported by tensioned cables that hold 100,000 pounds of stress per square inch.

  • The building is easily accessible to public transportation including DART and is pedestrian and bike accessible via Katy Trail.

  • The building’s plinth roof is home to drought-tolerant plants that are native to Texas.

  • The building is 180,000 square feet.

  • The building features a 90 foot long stream that ends in a pond.

Sustainability Facts

  • The building’s irrigation and plumbing demands is met in the summer by recapturing air conditioning condensation.

  • The building materials include recycled and locally sourced materials.

  • The building’s furniture is made from wood taken from sustainable forests.

  • The building’s cube shape is more energy efficient than a rectangular building.

  • The building’s cafe uses reusable and biodegradable materials.

  • The building has light wells in the learning labs that allow natural light to fill to rooms and rely less on artificial lighting.

  • The building is located on an optimal site; it’s a former brownfield.

  • The building’s water is heated by solar panels.

  • The building uses drip irrigation, which is 90% efficient and 75% more efficient than sprinklers.

  • The building’s interior is lit by LEDs and natural sunlight, including skylights for street-level rooms.

  • The building has a rainwater collection system filling two 25,000-gallon cisterns.

In collaboration with consulting architect Good Fulton & Farrell, the Perot Museum is registered and working on three green-building accreditation programs: LEED, Green Globes and the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

The Location

Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Field Street

The Architect

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne

The Landscape

Meticulously designed by Talley and Associates

The Contractor

Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction