Austin Central Library
The new $120 million Austin Central Library will establish a major civic presence and community gathering space in the heart of downtown, overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake. The 198,000-square-foot building will be defined by a light-filled, six-story atrium wrapped by collections and event space. Distinctive elements include a series of reading porches that overlook the water and a 350-seat special events center that will support the city’s engaging culture and arts scene. The library's sustainable strategies include a major photovoltaic panel array, a rainwater harvesting system, and a landscaped roof. The facility supports alternative transportation with charging stations for electric cars, a 150-bike corral, and direct connections to the multi-use paths that run along the water. Currently under construction, the project is scheduled to be complete in 2016. A Lake|Flato - Shepley Bulfinch joint venture.