Irving has been working to get an entertainment center in Las Colinas for a decade. In the late 2000s, it entered an arrangement with Billy Bob’s founder Billy Bob Barnett to plan and run a similar project that ended in a legal fight. Gensler design director Ross Conway says that music played a role in the design: “Inspired by music lyrics, we used many textural materials like brick and stone and Corten steel along with glass to give the buildings a warm, casual, yet refined aesthetic.” The site is described as being accessible to the DART Orange Line, and it will also be serviced by Las Colinas’ Area Personal Transport (APT) people mover system. Gensler is a global design firm founded in 1965, with 46 offices and more than 4,000 employees worldwide. The Dallas office was established in 1997. The project will break ground later this year and is supposed to be finished in 2016.