Dallas Police & Fire Pension System will cease searching for solutions to Museum Tower’s glare, a skyscraper in Dallas’ arts district in which the $3 billion pension fund has a roughly $200 million investment.
The pension fund’s board of trustees voted to make no changes to Museum Tower to resolve the glare and end further study of possible changes at a specially called board meeting last week.
When Museum Tower’s exterior started to go up in 2011, the adjacent Nasher Sculpture Center raised concerns that the tower’s energy efficient glass reflected sunlight directly into Nasher’s galleries, potentially harming the galleries’ artwork.
For more than two years, pension fund officials worked with engineers, scientists, optical experts, Nasher officials and Museum Tower residents to come up with a solution, proposing ideas such as rotating sunscreen panels on Nasher’s roof to remediate the reflection, which Nasher rejected.
“DPFP has spent more than two years in good-faith effort to find a solution acceptable to all parties, but ultimately determined that all options under consideration were too costly to implement or would devalue the system’s investment,” said the pension fund board in a written statement.
Only one board member, city Councilman Lee Kleinman, voted to continue resolution efforts.
“Despite my advocacy to continue, other board members believe it is prudent to provide certainty. … While this outcome is personally disappointing, I must applaud the efforts and sincere dialogue of all stakeholders in this process,” Mr. Kleinman said in an e-mail.
A Nasher Sculpture Center official was not immediately available for comment.