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Award of Excellence: Low-Rise Category

Reincarnation: The Nylo South Side Hotel
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Dallas, Texas

Submitted by JQ

Nylo South Side Hotel

Matthews Southwest
Dallas, TX

Project Engineers/

Dallas, TX

Repair Contractor
Fort Worth, TX

Material Suppliers/

Sika Corporation
Dallas, TX 

5G Studio (Architects)
Dallas, TX 

Webster’s Dictionary defines reincarnation as “rebirth of the soul in another body.” When taken in the context of structures, adaptive reuse is the reincarnation of a building. It is a common theme in today’s building environment as owners use creative financing programs to provide sustainable redevelopment of existing structures.

The NYLO South Side, once home to the Dallas Coffin Company when originally constructed in 1911, is now a vibrant boutique hotel anchoring Dallas’s South Side redevelopment.

The scope of the renovation work consisted of evaluation of the existing structure, retrofit and repair of structural deficiencies, design of new components, and upgrades to the structure to support the new building program. The new building program called for a new rooftop amenities deck containing a 3 ft (0.9 m) deep swimming pool; fully enclosed bar and lounge area, exterior seating areas, and mechanical spaces; new vertical circulation, exterior entrance to basement level; miscellaneous floor infills, exterior entrance canopies; and new site structures.

These renovation plans posed numerous structural challenges. The project engineer employed innovative strategies for evaluating and modifying the historic structure including load testing, ground-penetrating radar (GPR), helical pile foundations, and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcing.

The owner and architect also worked closely with Preservation Dallas—a nonprofit organization focused on historic building preservation—to ensure that the historic integrity of the structure remained intact. The historic façade was largely untouched, and mainly consisted of re-pointing mortar joints and cleaning of the brick. This project was designed to achieve LEED Gold and has already received Certified Rehabilitation status from the National Park Service and won a Preservation Award from Preservation Dallas, all meaningful designations for a historic structure entering its second century of service. 

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