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Austin: George Washington Carver Museum Expansion Project Ready to be Presented to City

Feature Photo: An artist rendering by Perkins and Will of a new theatre building for the museum. 

Posted: 4-28-2021

by Art Benavidez

Austin (Travis County) — The Design Commission received a briefing this week regarding the $57.7 million George Washington Carver Museum expansion project.

The museum, a city of Austin facility, is located at 1165 Angelina St. on approximately 15-acres in East Austin.  

Terry Smith with Stafford-based Smith & Company Architects presented the commission with a presentation that detailed the museum’s renovation that would be developed over three phases and over a nine-year period.

Smith said that the expansion plan would increase the museum from 30,665 square feet to 59,841 square feet for a total of 90,506 square feet.

Outdoor amenities, and open spaces, would be increased from 7,614 square feet to 65,689 square feet for a total of 73,303 square feet, he added.

Phase IA would consist of building renovations at an estimated $3,177,720 cost.

This phase will include creating a new multi-purpose room, along with a new roof level in the existing administration suite, a new elevator and the approved relocation of existing statues.

Phase IB would consist of outdoor space and site improvements at an estimated $2.7 million dollars.

This phase includes outside classrooms, a community garden, event lawn with covered pavilion and renovation of existing public restrooms.

Phase IIA will include site utilities work at a projected cost of $5,050,625.

This phase will include rerouting the existing underground transmission water line, storm drainage line and the existing wastewater line, along with expanding the existing site detention pond.

Phase IIB will include the galleries and education addition at a cost of $11,522,000 and include the new main level gallery, along with a lower level education addition with a receiving dock.

Phase III will include a theatre addition and parking garage at a cost of $15,834,000.

This phase includes a new theatre and performance addition with a new loading dock, a four level parking garage with 300 spaces, design of a service drive at Rosewood Avenue, a new Juneteenth Plaza at the corner of Rosewood and Angelina and a new drop-off drive for the library.

There is a $13.4 million contingency cost, bringing the total cost of the expansion to $57,705,561.

The expansion will be funded from capital strategies including bond, private donors, parkland dedication funds and grant opportunities.  

Smith said that they were preparing to present the facility expansion plan to City Council in May.

Austin-based architects Perkins and Will are also on board the project.

VBX Project ID: 2021-2F0A


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About the Author:

Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.

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