TFC Seeks Architect/Engineers for Texas Capitol Complex Projects
Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
Posted: 6-30-2017, 3:13 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
The Texas Facilities Commission has given August deadlines to accept credentials from A/E firms interested in designing two office buildings that will become part of the Capitol Complex.
An RFQ was issued June 9 for 1801 Congress Avenue. The project description states:
“Construction of a new state office building with five levels of underground parking, and eight levels of above grade parking on the east side. The building is approximately 603,000 square feet, and is fourteen floors above grade. The building includes a shell space for a cultural venue; fit up and finish out of this space shall be covered via a separate solicitation.
“Approximate cost of construction for the aforementioned list of projects is estimated to be $170,350,000.”
A second RFQ was issued the following week for 1601 Congress Avenue. The project description states:
“Construction of new state office building with five levels of underground parking. The building is approximately 420,000 square feet, and is 12 floors above grade. The building includes child care facilities.
“Approximate cost of construction for the aforementioned list of projects is estimated to be $89,400,000.”
The 1601 Congress project will have children’s play areas at grade, as well as on a green rooftop that will be “a central play area framed at teh north by an educational garden with wood planting beds set within wood chip surfacing, and a green roof ‘sensory garden’ on the south side.”
Plans for the 1601 Congress Ave. tower include child care facilities at-grade and on a green rooftop.
For 1801 Congress Avenue, mandatory pre-submittal conferences will be held on July 5 and July 14, both at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the William B. Travis Building at 1701 N. Congress Avenue. The deadline for submission of qualifications is Aug. 3 and interviews of those short-listed will be held Aug. 22-23.
The commission plans to award the 1801 Congress Avenue project on Oct. 18 and execute the contract by Nov. 17.
For 1601 Congress Avenue, the mandatory pre-submittal conferences may be attended on the same dates (July 5 and July 14) at the same time and location.
However, the deadline for submission of qualifications is Aug. 10. Interviews for those short-listed will be Aug. 30-31, and the award is planned for Sept. 20, with a contract executed by Oct. 18.
Both contract obligations are quite lengthy. For 1801 Congress Avenue, the TFC anticipates that services will be required for 1,625 calendar days. For 1601 Congress Avenue, the anticipated obligation is 1,500 calendar days.
The projects are components of the TFC’s 2016 Capitol Complex Master Plan, which was reported by VBX in July 2016. See: The Four-Block Walk: From the Texas Capitol to UT. It’s intent is to expand the Capitol Complex north to the University of Texas-Austin campus, filling the zone with high-density office, retail, parking, and to make a pedestrian and bike friendly “Texas Mall” promenade its central feature.
At present, 1801 Congress Avenue is a surface parking lot that occupies an entire city block. It is across Congress Avenue from the Bullock Texas State History Museum and is at a point that represents the northern limit of the master plan’s expansion.
The tower planned for the 1600 block of Congress Avenue is also at a site currently occupied by surface parking, although the footprint is approximately half the area of the 1800 block project. The remainder of the 1600 block is occupied by the Lyndon Baines Johnson State Office Building, whose tenants include the State Energy Conservation Office and a downtown U.S. Post Office.
A cross-section of the 1601 Congress Ave. building shows several levels of underground parking. Both structures will have extensive underground and above-ground parking.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.