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First Company 


Dallas, Texas


Office & Industrial





83,600 SF

First Company

First Co., an industry leader in HVAC manufacturing, testing, and engineering, collaborated with O’Brien Architects with a vision to seamlessly connect their existing infrastructure with a new avant-garde facility. The goal is a cohesive space that embodies professionalism, attracting the industry’s top talents and bolstering employee retention.

Challenges were inherent, notably the site’s unique shape necessitating a curved building design. But, with innovation, O’Brien addressed structural complications and harmoniously blended testing facilities with office spaces. Strategic architectural choices, such as full glass doors and windows, spotlighted First Co’s work, transforming areas to be bright and harmonious, emphasizing function and design.

Security was balanced with aesthetics, exemplified by the grand stair at the entry. Through ingenious design adjustments, the team ensured a secure yet open ambiance. Unique ceiling features introduced a touch of sophistication, doubling as branding avenues, particularly in areas with significant client footfalls.

The success of this ambitious project was a collaborative effort. Partners like Spring Valley Construction Company, Salas O’Brien, and Hart Gaugler played pivotal roles, with standout contributions from O’Brien team members Jourdan Whatley RID, IIDA, NCIDQ, Daniel Hernandez, David Culbertson AIA, and Ashley Acuff RID, IIDA

With this state-of-the-art facility, First Co is poised not just to compete with industry titans like Trane and Hajoca but to redefine standards in HVAC facilities, underlining the power of visionary architecture in shaping industry futures.


Client Testimonials

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    Charlotte Jones Anderson

    Dallas Cowboys
    "O'Brien is about incredible architecture. They are an amazing team who works tirelessly, who burn the midnight oil. You talk about people with passion, they are a passionate team. O'Brien has lead us on an epic path of greatness. We are excited to continue with our partnership with Sean and his team."
  • shawn fulham - lincoln property company

    Shawn Fulham

    Lincoln Property Company
    "O'Brien has been a truly invaluable partner for Lincoln Property Company over the last 30 years. They have a comprehensive understanding of master planning, mixed use, and all the individual uses and components that make complex projects successful from both a design and financial standpoint. They have a long history of success, and always continue to stay on the cutting edge of design and development."
  • Lucy Billingsley, Billingsley Company

    Lucy Billingsley

    Billingsley Company
    "Sean O’Brien and team have the creativity, alacrity and flexibility to be great design partners. They listen closely and then bring all the historical architectural smarts and a fresh eye to creating places where you’d like to be. They first think through making the public realm inviting and then enrich that with great architecture."
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    Kyle Nix

    Pritchard Associates, Inc.
    "I always enjoy working with the O’Brien team. They are very responsive and efficient, and work well with ownership to help keep projects on time and on budget."
  • John Griggs - Presidium

    John Griggs

    Presidium Group, LLC
    "O’Brien, some of the most skilled in the country and truly design iconic structures. The team works hard and commits to every detail. You can expect them to drop everything, meet deadlines, work with the budget. They are just the best."
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    Josh Eames

    Presidium Group, LLC
    "O’Brien is one of our most trusted partners. O’Brien team, Your efforts are always top notch and you nail every project out of the park. You are key partner for us."
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