Construction Update: W 18th Street will be closed from Congress to Brazos on 7/20/2018 and reopen 5/2022.
Parking Update: Lot 7 was closed permanently on 7/16/2018 to begin excavation for the GHW Bush building at 1801 Congress.
HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR THE CAPITOL COMPLEX
Building Phase One of the Capitol Complex Master Plan
There are many features of work that go into the Texas Capitol Complex project. The activities have been carefully planned using the latest in construction technologies to coordinate the project. This build simulation video is part of our active process that coordinates construction and logistics activities.
“The most resilient building is one that represents the community and is built to last. Significant efforts were made to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the Capitol Complex which will contribute to the district’s sustainability strategies.”
MASTER PROJECT GALLERY
Construction Commences at Capitol Complex
The first phase of the Capitol Complex development includes the construction of an approximately 416,000 gross-square-foot office building at 1601 Congress Avenue; an approximately 603,000 gross-square-foot office building at 1801 Congress Avenue; and a large and contiguous five level underground parking garage under the two office buildings and three blocks of Congress Avenue at the location of the new Texas Mall. The new office building at 1801 Congress Avenue will also include above grade parking and, in total, more than 3,100 new parking spaces will be created under Phase One. To service the new buildings, the existing chilled water plant in the Sam Houston Building will be expanded, with new utility tunnels serving both the new and some of the existing state buildings, extending from the expanded plant to the new buildings and underground parking garage.
A central organizing element of the master plan is the creation of the Texas Mall, on Congress Avenue, between 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This tree-lined, pedestrian-oriented civic event space will serve as a cultural gateway on the north axis of the Capitol, linking a new museum district to the Capitol grounds. The new mall will require the vacation of Congress Avenue and will effectively remove north-south vehicular traffic from the center of the complex. In response, an integral part of the overall plan will be the conversion of 16th, 17th, and 18th Streets from one way to two way traffic. Where these streets currently contain parking on both sides of the street, one side of parking will be removed to create the space for two way traffic.
The authorized Phase One scope of work only includes three blocks of the four block Texas Mall and extends from 16th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The development of the fourth block of the mall is included under Phase Two of the Capitol Complex development and is not authorized or funded at this time. During construction, all three east-west streets will be closed to traffic across Congress Avenue; and upon completion, 16th and 18th Streets will reopen to controlled traffic crossing the Texas Mall, while 17th Street will access the new underground parking deck from both the west and east. Traffic across the mall at 16th and 18th Streets will occur through the use of “speed tables” that will require a vehicle to stop before entering the mall, drive up a ramp unto the pedestrian mall level, and then descend via a ramp back to street level at the opposite end of the mall. This condition will reinforce the primacy of the pedestrian mall while informing drivers of the caution that must be exercised in traversing the mall.
The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) is the State agency responsible for implementing Phase One of the master plan. To effectively manage the project, TFC has contracted with a Master Architect/Engineer (MAE), Page; and a Construction Manager Agent (CMA), Balfour Beatty Construction, to oversee this $581 million effort. Both firms are providing recommendations on state-of-the-art design and construction practices, and are assisting TFC in preparing conceptual designs and defining a project management plan for the entire development. As required by the 2016 Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan, they are responsible for preparing the conceptual and schematic designs for the new buildings for approval by a compliance panel appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives. This expert panel will confirm that the designs are in compliance with the principles and guidelines established in the master plan. The firms will also provide oversight throughout the project but neither will be directly involved in the preparation of construction documents or the physical construction efforts. Instead, TFC will separately procure and contract for Architect/Engineer of Record or Engineer/Architect of Record (AOR or EOR) services and Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) services to complete the work.
PROJECT PACKAGE EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES
To execute the work required to accomplish Phase One, the project has been divided into the six packages outlined below. Each package will be led by a competitively selected AOR or EOR that is teamed with a CMR. The efforts of the teams will be overseen by the CMA and MAE to ensure compliance with the project management plan and approved schematic building designs.