Dallas — JQ, one of Texas’ top structural and civil engineering firms, is moving its company headquarters to the Dallas Design District, according to managing partner Stephen H. Lucy, P.E. Record growth in JQ’s structural and civil engineering work in multiple markets throughout Texas and southern U.S. has led to the firm’s announcement. 

“We were urban pioneers when we moved into downtown Dallas in response to our expanding needs 17 years ago. Now we are heading to the next great growth area of the city and are excited about our transition,” says Lucy. 

Last month, Commerce Street Partners and Commerce Street 2104 Partners, the real estate affiliates of JQ, sold their offices at 2105 Commerce, a 13,500 sf building, along with the associated parking lots.

JQ’s new offices located at 100 Glass Street in the Design District are being renovated and will provide more than double the space, according to Lucy.  The 31,000-square-foot building is located at the southeast corner of Levee and Glass Streets.

“The location of our new headquarters is particularly meaningful,” says Lucy, “because we were the structural engineers on the team that helped obtain FEMA re-certification of the levee system for the City of Dallas.”

Merriman Associates/Architects Inc. is designing the interior of JQ’s new headquarters building. Nearly 100 employees will be moving to the new location before the end of the year.

“When we opened our Dallas office nearly two decades ago, we chose downtown Dallas, even though many firms favored the suburbs,” says Lucy.  “We located downtown before being downtown was ‘cool,’ and we are embracing the same strategy by relocating to the Design District,” adds Lucy. “Many of our clients have migrated there as well.”

Executive Vice President Sam Hocker and Market Director Jayson Montoya of the NAI Robert Lynn Office Division represented JQ in the sale of the firm’s downtown holdings and the purchase of 100 Glass Street in the Design District.

“Over the last few years the Design District has been experiencing a renaissance and transition from old warehouse space to a unique creative office space environment,” said Hocker. “The area is catching the eye of many tenants who are recognizing that its proximity to Downtown and Uptown provides similar amenities but at more competitive pricing. We enjoyed working with JQ to find the perfect location and space they could customize and make their own.”