Completed in 1985, The Towers at Williams Square was created to give Las Colinas, the premier business and residential community adjacent to Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, a sense of place. The 1.4 million-square-foot, Class A office complex is anchored by a 26-story central tower and two 14-story towers, all connected by copper-roofed arcades. Adjacent is a five-story office building. The project sits on a beautifully landscaped 18-acre site on Lake Carolyn, in the heart of the Las Colinas Urban Center. Williams Square’s towers define three sides of a massive pink granite plaza, with the iconic bronze sculpture “The Mustangs of Las Colinas” at its center. Together they capture the openness of the land and independent spirit of Texas.
Tenants benefit from efficient 25,000-square-foot rectangular floorplates; 3,400-plus covered parking spaces; 24-hour staffed security with secured access; and state-of-the-art building and life-safety systems. The complex’s location gives excellent access to D/FW Airport, Love Field; and all area business centers.
Williams Square’s amenities include luxuries (a private dining club, concierge service and valet parking), business services (a 90-140 person conference center), as well as a fitness club, and two restaurants.
WILLIAMS SQUARE PLAZA
The Mustangs of Las Colinas are the work of Robert Glen, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. Born in 1940, Glen has studied art and anatomy, notably under Coloman Jonas, Dean of American Taxidermists.
After several years of practicing taxidermy and collecting specimens, Glen, in 1970, began pursuing his lifelong dream to sculpt the wildlife of Africa using bronze as his finished medium. Glen creates his original sculptures in Nairobi, and then the bronze casting is completed in England or Italy. All of Glen’s castings are in limited editions of only six, eight or ten. After the last one is created, the mold is destroyed.
Robert Glen’s work appears at the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto, Canada, and is found in the private collection of many world figures, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Game Conservation International presented Glen with a special award in 1981, recognizing him as one of the outstanding wildlife artists in the world. His work brings international importance to Williams Square in Las Colinas. The Mustangs of Las Colinas and Plaza were dedicated on September 25, 1984. The nine mustangs took over seven years to develop and construct.
LAS COLINAS HISTORY
Located in the rolling hills between the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Texas Stadium, Las Colinas is the areas only master planned community and one of very few in the nation financed exclusively by private capital. In 1928, John Carpenter bought a few hundred acres of ranch land northwest of Dallas where Hackberry and Cottonwood Creeks join before entering the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Carpenter family resisted mounting pressure to sell off the land, called Ranchito de Las Colinas (A little ranch of the hills), subdivide it and allow it to be developed into the urban sprawl that was then radiating from Dallas.
With the construction of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Carpenter’s son, Ben, allowed major thoroughfares to be built on the land, signaling plans for development. Ben Carpenter, then president of Southland Financial Corporation, and his brother-in-law, Dan C. Williams, chairman of the board, began to work on the Texas-sized development. The firm of Procter-Bowers completed the original master plan in 1974. The first element of the project was the construction of the 125-acre Lake Carolyn and the adjoining canal.
LAS COLINAS TODAY
Now Las Colinas, a 12,000-acre, master-planned community, is a balanced city within a city with commercial, residential, educational, recreational, medical and retail land uses developed to harmonize with the environment. Due to its strategic location, 10 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Las Colinas is being developed as the focal point of Dallas’ future commercial and residential growth.
The commercial sector of Las Colinas consists of several office centers and business parks. The Las Colinas Urban Center is the downtown of Las Colinas. The Urban Center features high-rise and mid-rise offices, shopping and restaurants. This precision-planned 960-acre downtown area is being built around Lake Carolyn. The Las Colinas Urban Center is distinguished by blue chip companies like the Omni Mandalay Hotel, one of the world’s great luxury hotels that is the 24-hour pulse of the Las Colinas Urban Center.
Recreational amenities in Las Colinas include four championship golf courses, the most complete athletic facility in the Southwest, one of the finest equestrian centers, and 3,500 acres of public and private parks, bridle paths and greenbelts.
Residential villages in Las Colinas feature single-family homes, condominiums, town homes, and apartments. Projections indicate that when Las Colinas is fully developed, approximately 65,000 people will live in the community and about 150,000 will work here. Las Colinas compliments the City of Irving, a vibrant growing municipality of 150,000 citizens who populate an area of 80 square miles.
Irving and Las Colinas also share two higher education facilities. North Lake College, one of the seven Dallas County trails, athletic fields, tennis courts and a nine-acre lake surrounding its nine-building campus. The facilities of North Lake include well-equipped, 450-seat laboratories and learning centers. The University of Dallas (UD), a private, Roman Catholic institution, has earned a reputation for serious study.
Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and Universities rank UD among the 90 most selective in the United States. The Graduate School of Management, UD’s professional business school, is the second largest school of management in the Southwest. Cistercian Preparatory School for Boys, one of America’s finest college prep schools, is also located in Las Colinas.Today, Las Colinas is a significant part of the city of Irving, but Irving also contributes much to the success of the Las Colinas master plan. Together, they form a unique city, not to be equaled anywhere in the world.