Wondering what's going on behind the construction fences on Cesar Chavez?

Jul 7, 2014
Austin Business Journal

More than half the tower cranes in downtown Austin hover over the Seaholm District, that gigantic patchwork of construction projects north of Cesar Chavez Street between San Antonio Street and Lamar Boulevard

Five massive projects are in some stage of development, creating a level of construction activity that is among the most intense and concentrated in the country. Click on the photo to see some of the major elements of what’s being built

At a recent monthly meeting of the Austin district council of the Urban Land Institute, four people closely aligned with the various projects presented updates, including Fred Evins, an architect and redevelopment project manager for the city of Austin; Adam Nims, principal of Trammell Crow Company’s Austin division; David Stauch, principal of Capital Project Management and project manager of Seaholm LLC; and Rick Reed, partner of Dubois, Bryant & Campbell LLC and a key participant in Austin real estate deals

The redevelopment of the Seaholm Power Plant is in full construction mode with the renovation of the original Art Deco-style utility structure close to incorporating the tenant improvements for the main tenant — Athenahealth. The company is expected to move into its 113,000 square feet corporate headquarters before the end of the year

The midrise building on the site, which will include office and retail space, also is making headway with tenant improvements scheduled to begin this month for Trader Joe’s. The popular California-based grocer is expected to open sooner rather than later — as early at Oct. 15

The 280-unit condominium tower is under construction and is scheduled to open summer 2015. Much of the public plaza could be open before then, too, according to Stauch

The city, which is building the new Central Library and a signature bridge along West Second Street over Shoal Creek, also is making headway with both components under construction. The $120 million library and the $29 million bridge are scheduled to be completed in spring 2016

Construction has begun on redevelopment of the Green Water Treatment Plant site. The first component is a 439-unit apartment project with smaller retail and office components. Dallas-based Trammell Crow is taking the lead in association with Houston-based Hanover Co. and Pacific Life Insurance Co. The first units are scheduled to open in early 2016

Trammell Crow hopes to be under construction by then on two other elements — an office tower and a hotel. Preliminary design of the office tower has been completed by Gensler architects, and though Nims showed a rendering, Trammell Crow is not sharing it at this time. Tentatively, it will include 475,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail

Another high-rise residential component likely will complete the ensemble of buildings

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