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portion of the building - Fairfield Inn & Suites and Towneplace
Suites, Sarimsakci says.
Ongoing work at the building includes final inspections and permitting on the apartment portion. The hotel portion is roughly 70
percent complete, with crews now working on final interior touches
including room finishes. "Before we open, the hotel operators have
to be satisfied with the way the units look and need to make sure the
building's operating the way it needs to," he adds.
In addition to 635,000 square feet of residential and hotel spaces,
the building also includes a 350-car parking garage.
The project involved gutting and completely rebuilding the interior of the building while preserving its exterior façade. The Butler
Brothers Building, built in 1910, was vacant for more than 20 years
before Alterra purchased it in 2011, Sarimsakci notes.
The building served as a mercantile warehouse for Chicago-based Butler Brothers, a retail and wholesale company that
operated the Ben Franklin and Federated Stores five-and-dime
store brands. Before its closure, it housed offices for city employees
and local businesses. Alterra is preserving the Mid-Century Modern
style look of the building, which dates back to the 1950s, when the
building was resurfaced. This includes restoring its paint and stucco
exterior, Sarimsakci says.

The Next Generation
Sarimsakci founded Alterra in 2009 with one mission in mind:
"to develop inspired spaces for people to live, work, and play," the
company says.
"We are the next generation of commercial real estate developers,"
Alterra adds. "Adaptive and energetic, we are global thinkers and calculated risk takers who value relationships with our communities."
The company's vertical integration allows it to offer full service
and attention to project stakeholders, "ensuring that everything
from concept to the final finishing touch matches our dedication to
uncompromising innovation and excellence," the company says.
Sarimsakci is a more than 20-year real estate, development and
construction industry veteran with experience in North America
as well as internationally. Before forming the company, Sarimsakci
was managing director of Polidev International LLC, where he was
responsible for real estate development projects in the Americas.
His international experience includes working as vice president in
Saudi Arabia for AECOM and serving as a board member with Ibra
Holding in Azarbaijan. Sarimsakci's first job in the construction industry was with Bechtel in San Francisco, where he was a construction manager and civil engineer for massive park projects in Dubai
and Euro Disney.

was keen to preserve
» Alterra
the Mid-Century Modern style
of the building.

The 18-story office building was built in 1958 and acquired by
Alterra in 2012 with the intention of renovating it to meet the needs
of the city's technology and startup communities. The building
includes vibrant colors on its interior and exterior as well as large
workspaces. "Alto 211's creative use of space, luxurious amenities
and innovative atmosphere attract companies that enjoy a harmonious blend of work and lifestyle," the company adds.
Tech companies headquartered in Alto 211 include Tech Wildcatters, Health Wildcatters, Traxo and Velocis.

A Tech Mecca
The Butler Brothers Building is one of two recent adaptive reuse projects Sarimsakci and Alterra have overseen in Dallas. The
company in 2014 completed work on Alto 211, an office building in
downtown Dallas's City Center District. The district includes a variety
of restaurants, urban housing, hospitality, theaters, shopping, museums and art galleries, Alterra says.

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