|Alternative names||First Interstate Tower
Allied Bank Tower
|Location||1445 Ross Ave
|Roof||219.5 m (720 ft)|
|Floor area||111,480 m2 (1,200,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
|Structural engineer||CBM Engineers, Inc.
|Main contractor||The Beck Group|
Fountain Place is a 60-story late-modernist skyscraper in downtown Dallas, Texas. Standing at a structural height of 720 ft (220 m), it is the fifth-tallest building in Dallas, and the 15th-tallest in Texas.
Original plans for the project called for twin towers, with the second tower rotated 90 degrees from the original, to be built on an adjacent block, but with the collapse of the Texas oil, banking and real estate industry and the savings and loan scandal of in the 1980s, the project was never completed. A 45 story apartment high rise that compliments Fountain Place is now planned at the location of the second tower.
The building was designed by the award winning architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, with Henry N. Cobb as design partner, and was completed in 1986. The landscape and namesake fountains were designed by Dan Kiley.
The building is known for its unique architecture--it was designed as a large, multi-faceted prism. Its various slanted sides cause the building to have a completely different profile from all directions. The building gets its name from the array of 172 dancing fountains in the plaza at its base.
Tenet Healthcare announced in 2008 that it was moving from the northern suburban areas of Dallas to Fountain Place due to high gasoline prices and the revitalization of downtown Dallas. Trevor Fetter, the company's president and chief executive, credited the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail and the concept of an urban location for his decision to move to Downtown Dallas.
On September 24, 2009 the FBI arrested 19-year-old Hosam Maher Husein Smadi of Jordan for an alleged attempt to bomb the skyscraper. Smadi was living and working in Italy, Texas, and had been under FBI investigation for some time.
Fountain Place is the headquarters of Tenet Healthcare and contains many financial institutions and offices that serve as Region 6 headquarters for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The architecture firm Callison moved into Fountain Place in 2008, leasing the entire 26th floor.