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02/19/2013

FW's Sundance Square reaches construction milestone with topping out of two new buildings

Downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square expansion reached a construction milestone this week with the topping out of The Commerce and The Westbrook office buildings, its developer said.

The two buildings are among three new buildings and a public plaza planned in the heart of the 35-block Sundance Square, between Third and Fourth streets, and Commerce and Throckmorton streets.

The concrete super structure has been completed on both buildings and roofs have been poured, Sundance Square said.

Ductwork and framing has begun on some floors of the buildings with air handling units used for the HVAC systems also being installed. Exterior walls will begin to go up in the next 30 days as the project takes shape and nears an October completion date, Sundance said.

The Commerce, 420 Commerce St., is a five-story, 83,000-square-foot building, and The Westbrook, 425 Houston St., is six-stories and 93,000 square feet. Both will have ground level retail space.

"We are right on schedule with this project," said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. "The buildings and plaza will open later this year and we are planning a community celebration for November. When this project is completed, the plaza itself will become a destination within Sundance Square."

An underground storm sewer replacement along Main Street will be completed in time to open up Main Street for the Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival in mid-April, Sundance said.

Construction also begins this month on the permanent, multi-purpose stage at the base of The Westbrook. The steel structure of the clock tower in The Westbrook will be added by early March.

_ Sandra Baker

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