Dallas County - Historic Records Building Renovation & Addition

Dallas County Commissioners Court engaged Broaddus & Associates to manage the renovation and expansion of their historic downtown Records Building. Built in 1928, the building has served several functions over the years for Dallas County, including housing the main jail and courts facility. In this capacity, it hosted the trial of Jack Ruby and jailed Clyde Barrow and Pretty Boy Floyd. The building is a part of the Dallas County Records Complex, which is a patchwork of three buildings, the Criminal Courts Building, the Records Building, and the Records Building Annex. As Dallas County grew, the buildings provided space for offices, jail cells, courtrooms and record storage. Together, they include about 323,000 SF.


To restore the historic facility, the complex will get a new roof, plumbing and electrical systems, upgrades to windows and lobbies, and asbestos and lead paint removal. The building will gain about 100,000 SF of usable space by removing the old jail that occupies the building’s upper floors. All renovation and construction will be done in a manner that recognizes the historic preservation of the facade. More than 600 county employees who currently work from the existing building will temporarily relocate as a part of the necessary move management process. Broaddus & Associates is serving as Project Manager, and is leading a team of inspection, historic preservation, information technology, move management, and construction management consultants to ensure this unique and high-profile project maintains its schedule and budget.