Global Real Estate Firm Harwood International Unveils Design Of Its Tallest Office Tower

prnewswire | October 16, 2020

Global real estate firm Harwood International has unveiled the design behind its tallest office development. Towering at 27 stories, Harwood No. 14 will be centrally located in the 19-city block Harwood District.  The Class AA tower's design is heavily influenced by nature, featuring a two-story lobby with monumental stairs blending indoor/outdoor features, landscaped plateaux, a finned curtainwall system that is the first in Dallas, open air pocket gardens, and a spectacular 17,000 SF rooftop and sky garden complementing Harwood No. 10's sky gardens just across the street.

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Colin Dyer testifies before U.S. Congress Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change on April 10, highlighting how the real estate industry addresses the most global pressing environmental issues through sustainable strategies.

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Colin Dyer testifies before U.S. Congress Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change on April 10, highlighting how the real estate industry addresses the most global pressing environmental issues through sustainable strategies.

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