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KevinFromTexas Aug 21, 2014 6:04 AM

AUSTIN | University of Texas System Headquarters | 270 FEET | 19 FLOORS

It will occupy the southern half of the block north of West 7th Street between Lavaca and Colorado Streets.

Updated: 10:02 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 | Posted: 5:14 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Plan for UT System’s downtown Austin offices grows to $133.1 million

By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
American-Statesman Staff

The University of Texas System’s once-stalled plan to build a new headquarters in downtown Austin is moving forward — albeit four stories taller and 30 percent more expensive than originally planned, and with some last-minute design issues raised by two regents.

The Board of Regents’ facilities committee on Wednesday approved the expansion to 19 stories and $133.1 million, and the full board is expected to sign off Thursday.

KevinFromTexas Aug 21, 2014 6:07 AM


Water and waste water utilities.

Right of way permit.

"101-690 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM REPLACEMENT OFFICE BUILDING - NEW ~16 story HIGH RISE ON SOUTH HALF OF BLOCK 82 (7th Street between Lavaca and Colorado Streets). Improvements will include connection to existing subsurface utilities, pavements, driveways and alleyway maneuvering areas for heavy trucks. Demo existing structures, the Colorado Building (6 stories plus basement), the Lavaca Building (2 stories), Parking Garage 5 (two levels). We have met with the CIP project team working on the Colorado Street rebuild north of 7th Street. Overhead utility services have already been relocated to below grade adjacent to the project. Address Range Street Cross Street 1 Cross Street 2 190 to 310 W. 7th Lavaca St Colorado St 190 to 310 Alley north of W. 7th Lavaca St Colorado St 620 to 800 Lavaca St W. 7th St W. 8th St 620 to 800 Colorado St W. 7th St W. 8th St"
Civil engineering site plans.

A. Contractor to install covered walkways and water filled barriers at the project perimeter as shown in the attached TCP. B. Contractor must utilize this area due to the fact that the proposed builidng footprint will be lot line to lot line. C. Contractor must close sidewalk, parking lanes and travel lanes per the attached TCP in order to safely completion the construction activities.
Drilling permit for soil samples.

Drill one 4-inch diameter boring in the street ROW to a maximum depth of 80 feet using a truck mounted drill rig. Work is for a geotechnical evaluation of site for a UT Office Building replacement.

KevinFromTexas Aug 21, 2014 6:24 AM

The location is at 702 Colorado Street at the current location of the Colorado Building. This building was built in 1933. UT owns the building and will demolish it along with another 2-story building and a small parking garage for the new tower.

It will pretty much completely fill the middle portion of the photo.

KevinFromTexas Aug 21, 2014 8:51 AM

Regents' committee approves changes to new UT System headquarters

Published on August 20, 2014 at 4:18 pm
Last update on August 21, 2014 at 12:34 am

Expected to be completed in 2017, the new building will be located on Seventh Street between Colorado and Lavaca streets, across from Ashbel Smith Hall, which houses the current board meeting room.

The project was first approved in 2012 with a project cost of more $102.4 million. The proposed design changes increases the number of floors from 15 to 19 and the total square footage from 258,500 to 342,200.

The building will be constructed according to commercial design standards with the intention that 30 percent of it will be leased to outside tenants and 70 percent will be used as open space.

blacktrojan3921 Aug 21, 2014 9:09 AM

Couldn't they have saved the facade at least? :C

KevinFromTexas Aug 22, 2014 3:28 AM

Renderings. Judging from them I'd say it's between 275 and 290 feet tall.

KevinFromTexas Aug 22, 2014 4:08 AM

I can't say I'm crazy about the design, but it will have street level retail.

LMich Aug 22, 2014 7:45 AM

Yeah, the massing is kind of clumsy, really, and the design looks like something out of the 80's. Can't say I was expecting this. I guess the good thing about it is that it at least fills the site if that's any consolation.

KevinFromTexas Oct 3, 2014 12:59 AM

KevinFromTexas Oct 3, 2014 1:01 AM

Demolition at the site.

Urbannizer Jun 12, 2015 1:28 AM


Urbannizer Jun 23, 2015 8:18 PM

Second crane went up over the weekend.

Urbannizer Aug 4, 2015 5:19 AM

From today, by me

Sic'EmBears Sep 14, 2015 4:19 AM

From my Photobucket this past weekend:

UT System Headquarters

photoLith Sep 14, 2015 4:28 AM

Was this building designed I'm 1991? Sheesh that's bad and replacing an Art Deco building on top of that.

mrsmartman Sep 14, 2015 4:36 AM

The new UT System HQ is really big.

KevinFromTexas Jan 2, 2016 5:28 AM

Cross posted from the Austin section - post from 12/18.


Originally Posted by ivanwolf (Post 7274561)

KevinFromTexas Aug 2, 2016 11:38 PM


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