AUSTIN CENTRAL LIBRARY
A building added to the prestigious list of “The World’s Greatest Places” by Time Magazine in 2018, the new $120 million Austin Central Library establishes a culturally-sensitive, major civic presence and community gathering space in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake. As the western portal to downtown and terminus to Second Street, Austin’s new central library takes advantage of the city’s investment in revitalizing west downtown and Shoal Creek. Considered the most day-lit public library in the nation, the 198,000 square foot building is defined by a light-filled, six-story atrium wrapped by collections and event space.
My role as a designer at Lake|Flato Architects with this LEED Platinum project occurred during a dedicated 18 months of construction administration, managing the coordination among numerous complex building systems and consultants, including the building’s extensive life safety, building automation, MEP, and AV/IT systems. Many unique construction challenges were resolved surrounding the iconic high-rise atrium, often involving the interface and integration of these complex systems with the opulently resilient interior finishes.
Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch - a Joint Venture.
Photography - Nic Lehoux, Casey Dunn, Andrea Calo, Lara Swimmer