Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Dallas, TX

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located in Dallas, Texas, includes five floors of public space, housing ten exhibition galleries. Permanent exhibits consist of Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, Life Then and Now Hall, Expanding Universe Hall, etc. In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the museum this year, we would like to reflect on our involvement with the project.

Balfour Beatty Construction hired Brandt to perform this facility’s mechanical and plumbing scope. Sitting on a 4.7-acre site and standing 170-feet tall (equivalent to approximately 14-stories), the overall building mass is conceived as a large cube floating over the site’s landscaped plinth. The landscape design surrounding the building serves as an extension of the facility design – thoroughly integrating with the programming of space and overall design character. An acre of rolling roofscape comprised of rock and native drought-resistant grasses reflect Texas’s indigenous landscape and demonstrate a living system that will evolve naturally over time.

Inside the 180,000 square foot museum sits exhibition galleries and the following spaces:

  • Children’s museum and outdoor courtyard
  • Expansive glass-enclosed lobby
  • Outdoor Terrace with Downtown Views
  • Traveling exhibit space
  • Education wing
  • Digital cinema with seating for 300
  • Flexible-space auditorium
  • Public café and retail store
  • Administrative support offices

The building itself will be used as a “living” example of engineering, sustainability, and technology at work. Approximately 80 percent – a remarkably high degree – of the building is devoted for public usage. It is LEED Silver certified.


Owner: City of Dallas

Architect: Morphosis Architects

Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction


Start/Completion Dates: 04/2010 – 01/2013

Project Size: 180,000 SF

Brandt Role: Mechanical & Plumbing Services