Design-Build Renovation Brings Concert Venue to Life in Historic Industrial Building

C1S Group provided design-build services to restore a historic industrial building in Dallas and repurpose it for modern live concert audiences. Named the Bomb Factory, the newly renovated facility will be the largest concert venue in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas.

Located on Canton St. just east of downtown Dallas, the 48,000 square-foot facility is an early 20th century building that was originally an automotive plant and then an actual munitions , aka bomb, factory during World War Two. Over time, the space was subdivided to accommodate smaller tenants and was largely unoccupied for more than 10 years.

National developer Westdale and Clint and Whitney Barlow, owners of nearby music venue Trees, are the driving force behind the Bomb Factory’s resurrection. They engaged C1S to create an exciting new concert venue in the historic space. During the first stage of construction, C1S:

  • Demolished several interior walls
  • Removed existing infrastructure that was in disrepair
  • Removed the existing roof structure

Next, C1S rejuvenated and reconfigured the space by:

  • Designing and installing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
  • Adding a new electrical system
  • Installing a completely new roof to raise the facility’s height
  • Adding a mezzanine level
  • Creating multiple large bar areas

By enlarging the space, C1S made it possible to accommodate stage equipment and the new mezzanine level allows for added capacity and a VIP area. The new mechanical systems will ensure a comfortable and safe environment for guests. The result is an historic building re-imagined as a space for hosting concert events that can entertain over 4,000 people.

Project Fast Facts: The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

  • 50,000 square-foot historic building from early 1900s
  • Demolished existing interior infrastructure
  • Removed the existing roof structure
  • Designed and installed new HVAC and electrical systems
  • Installed new roof
  • Increased overall facility height to 38 feet
  • Installed a concert stage and a mezzanine level
  • Repurposed building into a modern concert & events venue
  • Space now accommodates more than 4,000 concert attendees