FAQs

L.B. Johnson Building: How will access to the fire exits on the west side of the L.B. Johnson building change during construction? (NEW)

Effective immediately, the fire exit doors on the first floor of the west side of the L.B. Johnson building are now an EMERGENCY EXIT only. An alarm will sound when these exit doors are opened. No re-entry through this emergency exit door is allowed. In case of a fire emergency, you may exit these doors and proceed to the designated assembly area in Garage Q. Look for new signs explaining this and other changes to the entrances and exits [...]

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How can my company do business with the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) or the Texas Capitol Complex Project? (NEW)

The Texas Facilities Commission encourages all vendors, suppliers, and contractors (trades) to learn more about our procurement process and contract opportunities. Visit the State of Texas Electronic State Business Daily website and search for agency “Texas Facilities Commission – 303” to find active bidding opportunities. Or visit our TFC Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program or our Small Contractor Participation Assistance Program web pages for more information on how to bid for work with the TFC. (Updated: 12/18/18)

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For State employees: Are there resources available to help me on my daily commute during the Capitol Complex construction project? (NEW)

Yes! There are many resources available to employees. Below is a list of options that you can explore to find a solution that works best for you. Capital Metro (bus/rail/special assistance van): https://www.capmetro.org/   CARTS (Capitol Area Rural Transportation System): http://www.ridecarts.com/services/commuter   RIDE SHARING Waze Carpool:  https://www.waze.com/carpool Chariot:  https://www.chariot.com/routes MyCommute Solutions:   https://www.mycommutesolutions.com Lyft Line:  https://www.lyft.com/rider/cities/austin-tx Metro RideShare (vanpooling):  https://www.capmetro.org/rideshare/   BIKING http://austintexas.gov/page/austin-cycling-101 LAST MILE Austin B-Cycle:  https://austinbcycle.com/ Bird Scooters:  https://www.bird.co/ Pace Bikes:  https://ridepace.com/austin/ Lyft Scooters:  https://www.lyft.com/scooters/austin-tx Lime Scooters:  https://www.li.me/

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For State Agencies: Are there resources available to help my agency solve commute issues related to the Capitol Complex construction? (NEW)

Movability is a local non-profit that assists employers with transportation-related issues. Their staff can help you develop a strategic mobility plan to decrease drive-alone behavior by employees. By decreasing the number of workers who are commuting during rush hour – through options such as transit, telework, carpooling, etc. – agencies can mitigate the effects of the construction and reduce employee stress. In 2018, Texas Facilities Commission and Texas State Preservation Board went through Movability’s program to help provide employees [...]

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What is the plan for the existing trees on the site, as well as the overall landscaping?

Several existing trees will be removed during the construction of the project. The City of Austin, along with the Waller Creek Conservancy, will be relocating some of the larger and/or heritage trees to Waller Creek Trail. The project will plant over 300 new trees along the Texas Capitol Mall, more than double the number on the current site, in order to provide a more pedestrian-friendly environment. The project team will be working with the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center on the [...]

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What state agencies will be located in the new buildings?

A determination on which agencies will be located in the new buildings has not been finalized. The Texas Facilities Commission intends to begin working with agencies currently located in leased office space to determine future space needs and discuss office space assignments in the fall of 2019.  (Updated: 12/18/18)

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What groups are involved with the construction process?

The Texas Facilities Commission (“TFC”) is the State agency responsible for the construction of Phase One, as described in the 2016 Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan. Currently, TFC has contracted with Page as the Master Architect, Balfour Beatty Construction as the Construction Manager Agent, and CobbFendley as the Site Services Engineer. As the project progresses, The Texas Facilities Commission may procure and contract with other architects and engineers and construction managers to complete the work. (Updated: 12/18/18)

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What benefits can the community expect to realize from the completed project?

The community benefits of Phase One of the Texas Capitol Mall will be both economic and social. The citizens of the State of Texas will see millions of dollars in cost savings when state agencies are moved from increasingly costly leased office spaces into state owned buildings. The public will also have easier access to State agencies when they are consolidated within the Capitol Complex. Just as importantly, Texans will be proud to welcome tourists, families, students and State employees [...]

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How will pedestrian and bike circulation be affected by the Capitol Complex Projects construction?

Pedestrian walkways and bike lanes will be designated by graphics and signage posted around the construction zones to allow State employees and visitors to the State Capitol and the Texas State History Museum safe passage to and from their Capitol Complex destinations. East-west pedestrian paths will primarily be located on 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, while north-south pedestrian path will be located primarily on Colorado Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. (See Current Map) IMPORTANT ALERT: FOR YOUR [...]

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