$4 million renovation underway at Dobie Center

Apr 29, 2014
Austin American Statesman

The Dobie Center near the University of Texas campus is undergoing a $4 million renovation that will result in a makeover for its rooms, dining hall and common areas, along with technology upgrades

The first round of renovations at the 27-story dormitory, UT’s largest private student dorm, is scheduled to wrap up next month, with the project fully completed before students return for the fall semester

“Dobie Center has been proud to hold the top ranking amongst UT’s private residences, and we constantly look for ways to improve the student experience,” said Matthew Bryant, Dobie Center’s general manager. “Residents and visitors will reap the benefits of these improvements immediately.”

Bryant said the improvements are being done in two phases to minimize interruption to Dobie’s 900 residents

In addition to newly furnished residences, Dobie’s dining hall will get new furniture, equipment, hardwood floors and new wall art from Austin artist Tony Barrios. Renovations to the common areas will include an upgraded fitness center, new pool furniture and new lobby flooring. The basketball and volleyball areas also are being improved, and technology upgrades will allow for high-speed Internet connections

Dobie Center hired New York designer Daun Curry of Modern Declarations to create an updated, contemporary look. Curry is a three-time recipient of London’s prestigious Andrew Martin “Designer of the Year” Award and was named one of Vogue’s hottest new designers in September 2009

Along with its dorm units, Dobie Center includes a 70,000 square foot retail mall, which recently signed a lease with local fitness guru Conner Moore of Ludo Fitness. Other potential retail tenants are expected to join the mall in the coming months

Dobie Center, named after author J. Frank Dobie, was the first Austin building to eclipse the height of the state Capitol when the dorm was completed in 1972. Michael Dell launched his computer firm as a college student while living in a unit on its top floor

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