MEMORIAL DAY – HONORING ALL WHO SERVED

On Memorial Day we pay our respects to all the military personnel who have given their lives for our freedom. Across our nation, our Stars & Stripes will be on display. There will be parades, cookouts, special memorial services, and speeches, and we will share and celebrate our pride as Americans in the land of the free and the brave. The Capitol grounds and surrounding area are home to many landmarks that pay homage to generations of brave Texans. As [...]

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE MAY 24, 2019

The TRUSS (Temporary / Relocated / Utility /Structural / Support) has been installed across Congress Avenue to serve as a conduit for the chiller water lines, water lines and utilities lines that serve the LBJ, SFA and Travis buildings. This TRUSS and its piping were designed specifically for this project by Cobb-Fendley and its team (Brierley Associates, MWM DesignGroup, and Burns & McDonnell). It was manufactured in Dripping Springs and is 152 feet long and weighs 166,000 pounds. Because [...]

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PARKING UPDATE MAY 24, 2019

Bagged meters: If you park at a bagged meter, you may be towed! More curb parking will be eliminated as utility work along the streets must be completed. Public Parking for State business visitors is available at the Capitol Visitor Parking Garage (1201 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701) Public Parking for tourists and visitors: ◦UT Brazos Garage – 201 E. MLK Blvd., Austin, TX 78712 UT East Campus – 1200 E. MLK Blvd., Austin, TX 78712 UT Manor Garage – 2017 Robert [...]

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GENERAL CAPITOL COMPLEX NEWS MAY 24, 2019

Bullock Museum: Make plans to see the special WW I America – Stories from a turbulent nation exhibit before 8/11/19. The exhibit presents the stories of a divisive and transformational time of American history told through original artifacts, images, voices, music, hands-on exploration, and multimedia presentations. (The museum’s parking garage is on 18th Street and can be most easily accessed from Colorado street. Do not park in Parking Lot 19 which is for the exclusive use of buses visiting [...]

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General Capitol Complex News May 13, 2019

Waller Creek Conservancy: Despite the heavy rains, construction continues on the redevelopment of the flood control tunnel; environmental protection features and Waterloo Park. Stop by before May 16th to see the Forever Bicycles art installation and check out other Waller Creek Conservancy events here. ERS (Employee Retirement System) Updates: Construction of the new building has begun. Be sure to notice the barricades along MLK and San Jacinto and the closed sidewalks and crosswalks on that corner. ERS will be coordinating [...]

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Parking Update May 13, 2019

Bagged meters: If you park at a bagged meter, you may be towed! More curb parking will be eliminated as utility work along the streets must be completed. Public Parking for State business visitors is available at the Capitol Visitor Parking Garage (1201 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701) Public Parking for tourists and visitors: UT Brazos Garage – 201 E. MLK Blvd., Austin, TX 78712 UT East Campus – 1200 E. MLK Blvd., Austin, TX 78712 UT Manor Garage – 2017 Robert Dedman [...]

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Construction Update May 13, 2019

TRUSS: Temporary / Relocated / Utility /Structural / Support Later this week, a TRUSS will be installed across Congress Avenue to serve as a conduit for the chiller water lines, water lines and utilities lines that serve the LBJ, SFA and Travis buildings. Business continuity is a major concern for the construction management team. To prevent any lost in power or services to our state office buildings, a custom TRUSS was designed and manufactured to support all the important service [...]

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Building in the Rain

May 2019 may go down in history as ‘monsoon May’. So far, the Austin area has received 17.8 inches of rain, about 50% of the average annual rainfall expected for the year. The good news is that we can ‘build in the rain’. The construction of 1801 Congress is almost four months ahead of plans, since the excavation was completed ahead of schedule. Although the heavy rains flooded the pit, the site is equipped with pumps and work continues on [...]

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Graduation Traffic Season

The month of May is memorable for Mother’s Day and graduation ceremonies. If you graduated from an Austin area high school or college, chances are you walked across the stage at the Frank Erwin Center. Located just a few blocks from the Capitol Complex, the Frank Erwin Center has also served as a live entertainment venue since it opened in 1977. Many popular headliners such as John Denver, Prince, Pink Floyd, and Sir Paul McCartney have played the Erwin [...]

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Construction Update May 1, 2019

Closed Crosswalks: MLK east bound crosswalk over Congress Avenue (in front of Bullock Museum) and eastern crosswalk over MLK at Congress (this is the Construction Zone exit.). MLK east bound at Brazos and at San Jacinto and both crosswalks over MLK at Brazos are closed. Use the eastern crosswalk at San Jacinto to cross over MLK. See the Safe Sidewalk Routes Map on wayfinding signboards at most intersections for best options. Lane closures for utility work will continue through May. East bound lane of [...]

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