The Music Factory: All Together Now

More than 50 companies and consultants at work on Irving's new development

A project the size of The Music Factory takes an army of workers and contractors to pull everything together. To date, more than 900 people have worked on site, with about 200 workers reporting to the construction site daily. 

Besides the sheer number of workers, more than 50 companies, including contractors, subcontractors, and consultants have obtained work on the project.

Master developer ARK Group, a Cornelius, North Carolina-based developer, focuses on mixed-use developments that often include an element of public entertainment. Its other projects include a similar entertainment complex in Charlotte and other entertainment complexes in Florida and Indiana. 

Construction manager Skanska, an international company with a significant U.S. presence in Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth, was awarded a $94 million construction contract for the project. 

The project’s architect of record is Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 46 locations and more than 5,000 professionals worldwide. Gensler is also handling branding, signage, and wayfinding for the project. The architectural firm has put its imprint on the DFW area with a variety of major projects, from Legacy West in Plano to a renovation of Dallas’s iconic Reunion Tower Observation Deck and café. 

Barry Hand, Gensler principal and studio director at the company’s Dallas office, says it has a consultant team on the project spanning structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, A/V, landscape, acoustics, lighting, civil, and traffic specialties, among others.

Skanska, meanwhile, has hired 47 subcontractors for the project, ranging from a temporary fencing provider to flooring and electrical contractors. 

The ARK Group is using in-house real estate brokers for the retail/restaurant portion of the project, which is over 90 percent leased. 

Andy Leatherman and Brad Selner of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. handled the office leasing and signed the Ethos Group to take the full 100,000 square feet available.



Structural Engineer: TSA

MEP Engineer: Purdy McGuire

Civil Engineer: JQ

Landscape Architect: Studio Outside

Lighting Design: Scott Older Lighting DesignAcoustics: WJHW

Low Voltage: Saunders & Associates

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