Austin's Thinkery and student housing project net top awards

Oct 6, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Several Austin building projects have won kudos from the Engineering News-Record, which recently gave out its 2014 awards for Best Projects in Texas and Louisiana

The top award for best cultural or worship project was given to The Thinkery, the re-invisioned children’s museum in the Mueller master-planned community of Central Austin. The top award for a residential or hospitality project was given to 2400 Nueces, a student housing project near the University of Texas campus

Honorable mention or merit awards were handed out to the Manor Expressway — a 6.2 miles section of U.S. Highway 290 in Northeast Austin, which is a toll road — for highways and bridges; the Girls School of Austin’s new campus for K-12 education; and the KIPP Austin Public School South Campus for renovation and restoration

Most of the honored projects were located in Houston and Louisiana, though San Antonio had a strong showing with six projects and Dallas had five. The full list is available here

The Thinkery was the only project cited in its category. The Beck Group, based in Dallas but with Austin offices, was the general contractor and STG Design in Austin was the architect. The $18 million museum opened in December 2013

The $64 million 2400 Nueces project opened in the summer of 2013. Hensel Phelps Construction Co., headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, was the general contractor and Page in Austin was the architect. Memphis, Tenn.-based student housing ownership and management firm Education Realty Trust Inc. was the developer

Webber of Houston was the major contractor for the Manor Expressway. American Constructors Inc. based in Austin built the two schools

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