Texas Capitol Complex Master Architect & Master Engineer

Austin, TX

Project Description

The Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan reimagines the Capitol Complex as a destination that celebrates the Capitol and centralizes all state agencies. As the Master Architect and Master Engineer for Phase One of the project, we are working to implement our designs which will transform the Capitol Complex. Soon-to-be resilient buildings will support the wellness of State employees and look on to a grand civic, six-acre park—the new Texas Mall.

The impact of the 40-block master plan and the first phase of construction will entirely transform the Capitol Complex, resulting in more than 1,000,000 square feet of new office space while also giving a huge gift of public space to downtown Austin.

Characterized by shaded pedestrian-friendly streets and connections to the surrounding community, the first phase of the master plan includes two new office buildings and five levels of underground parking, which will be the base of a new, pedestrian-oriented Texas Mall. This tree-lined promenade will be located on Congress Avenue between 16th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and will serve as the northern gateway to the Capitol Complex with public green space for tourism, events and festivals.

The urban space will be activated through pedestrian-oriented activities, including a cultural venue, cafes, food truck area, playground, interactive children’s play sculptures, amphitheater and a plaza designed to support an outdoor stage for events. These activity spaces will foster community and help connect the Capitol Complex to its neighbors: The University of Texas campus, the Dell Medical School Health District, the planned Waller Creek Park and downtown Austin.