New Dallas’ South Side brings more cool to the Cedars

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— Nestled in the Cedars neighborhood is the new NYLO Dallas South Side, a swanky boutique hotel that is DFW's third NYLO property and its first pursuing LEED certification.

The hotel features artwork from more than 50 Dallas-Fort Worth artists. The area will eventually have restaurants outside the hotel, and inside, it has the Terrace Bistro, Soda Bar, and Library Lounge.

The average price for a standard room is $169 during the week and $209 on weekends. The hotel's largest suites, called Skyline Suites, range from $459 to $519.

The hotel sits near South Side on Lamar and the Gilley’s complex. It's close to downtown Dallas and the Dallas Convention Center, the Dallas Central Business District, and the Arts District.

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New NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel to be LEED-certified

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

by Rita Cook of Green Source DFW

The Site and roof vegetation will be irrigated with rainwater collection in a cistern

When the NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel on South Lamar in opens its doors in August, the property won’t be the first of the NYLO brand in the Dallas area, but it will be the first LEED-certified of its brand in the area.

NYLO Dallas South Side will be NYLO’s first conversion property too.

Set to open in August, NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel sits between South Side on Lamar and Gilley’s Dallas Live, three blocks from the Dallas Convention Center, one block from the DART Cedars Rail station, and minutes from both the Dallas Central Business District and the Dallas Arts District.

“Once the hotel achieves LEED certification, which it is currently pursuing under the Gold level of the LEED 2009 NC Rating System, it will show the team’s dedication to undergoing a very stringent review process in order to achieve a highly respected third-party verification of the hotel’s commitment to sustainability,” says Mike Mueller, president and CEO of NYLO Hotels.

Most of the existing building is being reused for the new hotel, and while Mueller is completely onboard the project, he gives credit for making the LEED decision to Matthews Southwest, the project’s developer.

“Their decision to build a LEED certified hotel definitely played a role in our strong desire to become involved with this project,” says Mueller. “All of our NYLO hotels are environmentally friendly, and this is taking it to the highest possible level as a LEED certified Gold, which is about as environmentally friendly as a hotel can be, and there are very few of them.”

The reasons that NYLO seeks to be environmentally friendly is a combination of factors, but Mueller says mainly it gives a competitive advantage over other hotel brands. He also believes it is just the right thing to do.

“The fact that this hotel is a conversion of an existing structure that was vacant and non-productive and the location, made this project an ideal candidate for LEED certification. The architect, 5G Studios of Dallas, has experience in LEED certified projects and they have led the analysis and been creative in finding ways to be green,” he adds.

Matthews Southwest actually purchased the building as a shell, so construction has involved very little demolition. The exterior of the building is being restored to its original character; granite cladding at the ground level, which is not original to the building, will be reused as crushed granite around the site’s landscaping. Since the building’s historical status does not allow the windows to be replaced, low-E film is being added to all of the building’s existing windows. The roof structure will remain, but the existing roofing will be replaced with a well-insulated high albedo roof. An elevated platform is also being constructed over most of the roof for a rooftop deck and bar that will include the 2,700 square foot addition with conditioned space, 5,000 square feet of exterior gathering space, and a pool. A new 3,900 gallon cistern adjacent to the building will collect rainwater from the roof and provide water for all of the landscape’s irrigation needs.

As for the interior much of it is being preserved as well; existing finishes and new finishes will work together to create a modern and also vintage aesthetic that will show respect for the history of the building. The existing interior finish of the exterior walls, a combination of exposed brick and plaster, is also being preserved. The underside of the floor slabs will be left exposed, much of the existing concrete floor will be touched up and sealed, and the concrete columns will be left exposed.

“The project is an adaptive reuse of a 100-year old five-story building that sat vacant for more than a decade,” Mueller explains.

Due to the building’s historical status, the team also had limited opportunities to improve the efficiency of the existing envelope, but modifications were made where possible. The low-E film for example, drastically reduces solar heat gain for the existing windows, and the new roof and addition will be highly efficient. While the exterior walls will not be modified, the brick walls contribute towards energy efficiency through the brick’s thermal mass properties. The mechanical system for most of the building will be an efficient water heat pump system, which borrows chilled water from the adjacent South Side on Lamar. The hot water heating system will be highly efficient, and the lighting will be efficient as well.

Also of interest is the planned water conservation at the hotel, so the site and roof vegetation will be irrigated with rainwater collected in a cistern adjacent to the building so that potable water will only be used for interior water needs. The staff restrooms will utilize a reclaimed water system to capture graywater from the sinks and from the showers, which drain from plumbing in the cavity wall above, then will use that water to flush the toilets in those restrooms.

All paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants applied onsite and used inside the building envelope will be low-emitting, all carpet will be Green Label Plus as certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute, and all composite wood products will have no added urea-formaldehyde. About 99% of the regularly occupied spaces in the hotel will have access to outdoor views, and the low-E coatings have visible transmittance values of at least 50% so as to maintain a useful level of daylighting for occupants through existing windows.

“First and foremost we want people to walk away from our hotels having enjoyed their stay and the design, ambiance and service at NYLO,” Mueller concludes. “If they also notice the efforts we go to for the environment, that’s great and we hope that more and more people will realize that it’s smart to try to support businesses that are earth friendly.”


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UPDATED: NYLO South Side will feature local artwork as hotel décor

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

by Rita Cook of The Assignment Desk, DFW

— NYLO is a familiar hotel name in the DFW area when it comes to cool factor, but this summer when it opens its newest addition, Nylo Dallas South Side, more than 50 Dallas-Fort Worth artists will add to that cool factor.

The hotel hosted a contest to find local artists who could create works for the hotel’s interior, and winners were given cash prices from $150 to $2,000. More than 150 artists submitted more than 400 pieces of artwork. The winning pieces – 150 in all – will be displayed in the hotel guest rooms, corridors, and lobby.

Striving for an emphasis on artwork reflective of the south side neighborhood’s soul, President and CEO of NYLO Hotels Mike Mueller said he feels they have accomplished that goal.

"Date Night" by Terri Cooper will be featured at the new NYLO.

A true cacophony for the eyes, standouts include a vintage-looking “Motel” by Kimberly Tom; Greg Piazza’s colorful rendition of “South Side”; and Terry Cooper’s “Date Night,” a play on two chairs that look like two people sitting and almost holding hands.

With the new artwork, the boutique hotel in Dallas' South Side will reflect the local artist community, said NYLO Executive Vice President of Operations Patrick O’Neil.

The hotel is NYLO's third in DFW and its first LEED certified property. It will have five stories, a rooftop infinity pool, and a glass-


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Size: 61,000 SF
Rooms: 76
Budget: $10 Million
Opening: 2012

NYLO Dallas Southside - Awards

  • 2013 ICRI Project Awards Progam | Award of Excellence
  • 2013 Most Creative Financing Deal of the Year
  • 2013 Preservation Achievement Award
  • 2013 D CEO's Commercial Real Estate Awards | Finalist, Best Redevelopment or Renovation
  • 2013 RHCA Pillar Award | Green Project
  • The Best of Big D 2013 | "Best Bar with a View"
  • 2013 TEXO | First Place, Distinguished Building Award, Specialty Construction Category
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