The last thing architects revamping J.C. Penney's headquarters have to worry about is space. With 1.8 million square feet, the sprawling Plano business campus is the size of one of downtown Dallas' biggest skyscrapers. But the Penney building is only 3-stories tall and stretches almost a quarter mile long on the north side of Legacy Drive near the Dallas North Tollway.
Architects HKS designed the building for Penney in the early 1990s.
A quarter century later, the new owners have hired the Dallas design firm to come up with plans to bring the buildings up to date. "The idea is this is going to be a 21st century campus," said HKS' David Lubin. "We are reactivating the building more than repositioning.