Austin's central library construction moves ahead

Oct 28, 2013
Austin Business Journal

Austin's new central library is set to take another step forward pending City Council approval of a $2 million amendment with the project's architects


The amendment would fund services including construction administration, reviewing contractor submittable, progress meetings and recording progress, among others. The amendment also includes the next phase of post construction warranty phase services. Council is expected to pass the item at its Nov. 7 meeting


The two architectural firms for the project are Lake Flato Architects Inc. and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Inc. The $2 million in funding will bring the total contract amount for the new library to $10.4 million. The largest portion of that – $6.9 million – was for the design of the project, according to city documents


The planned library, at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St, broke ground at the end of May. The project has a $90 million construction budget and a total budget of around $120 million


Hensel Phelps Construction Co. is building the library, and contractors are now working on the utility infrastructure on Second Street. They're expected begin the foundation of the library itself soon, according to city documents


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