Austin Energy Headquarters
Austin, TX | retail/mixed use
The new Austin Energy Headquarters has been designed to provide the ultimate in flexibility as the office of the future.
The new headquarters for Austin Energy is designed targeting LEED Platinum, Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) Five Star rating, and WELL Building Certification. The four-story, 275,000-sf Austin Energy Headquarters will accommodate 900-1,000 employees. The design incorporates a holistic approach to user wellness throughout the building maximizing connections to the outdoor environment, daylight, circulation and social interaction. A dramatic “social stair” provides an enticing opportunity for wellness and interaction between employees in different departments. The open stair is the focus of circulation, encouraging movement and activity throughout the day and internal connections between floors and departments. The courtyard was designed for activity with a variety of scaled spaces to attract small, medium and large gatherings. A shaded terrace at the second level opens to the street capturing wind patterns to cool the courtyard during the hot summer months. Facing Mueller Boulevard, a monumental solar canopy provides shade to the building, reducing heat gain while generating renewable energy and telling the story of Austin Energy’s commitment to providing 65% of the city’s power need through sustainable sources.
The project is located in the Mueller Town Center on the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, a 700-acre mixed-use new urbanist community that is the largest LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Gold certified neighborhood in the world. Employees of Austin Energy will be within a five minute walk of several parks and the ELS master planned Aldrich Street District with local shops, restaurants, Thinkery Children’s Museum and Alamo Draft House Cinema, as well as a variety of living options from apartments to town-homes to single family homes.
ELS is the project Design Architect, with Page Architects serving as Architect of Record and interior designer. Catellus is the master developer of Mueller and the development manager for the Austin Energy project.
275,000 square feet