The top three projects destined to re-define Austin
Austin is in the middle of an exciting period of expansion. From sprawling developments to improved infrastructure, the popularity and expansion of the Texan city show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
With a reputation as a global hotspot for job creators and seekers, an innovation hotspot, and home to a booming housing market, it's the metro that seemingly has it all. These top projects, with their commitment to sustainability, mobility and affordability, will continue to improve wellbeing and quality of life.
The Texas State Capitol Complex
Situated in downtown Austin, the $900m Texas Facilities Commission complex is rapidly taking shape. Designed to centralize all state agencies, this mammoth development encompasses 1.5 million square feet of space with underground parking and a 3-acre mall. Phase 1 is due for delivery in 2022, with the final completion date set for 2025.
Alongside the George H. W. Bush building, efforts have been made to improve the infrastructure in the area by upgrading irrigation and waterlines to be reclaimed-water-ready. The project will also incentivize shared-use vehicles and carpooling with electric vehicle charging stations. The sustainable project will also prioritize low-carbon materials, reduce waste and plant trees to improve the environment and quality of life for employees.
This $7.1 billion public transportation expansion is being funded by the Austin Transit Partnership and is slated to include a new rail system, downtown transit tunnel, nine new park-and-ride offerings, and an improved bus service.
The project is designed to ease traffic congestion, improve transport links and reduce pollution, according to a Capital Metro spokesperson. One of the primary goals is the inauguration of a zero-emission bus fleet. Capital Metro, who will partner with the city of Austin, is committed to using sustainable technology to create a quiet, sustainable and efficient transit system.
Project Connect is the city's response to projections that the metro population will double in less than 20 years. With two new light rail lines, 27 miles of track and 31 stations, future commuters can enjoy enhanced rail services, with the MetroRapid routes commencing construction this year.
Project Connect will also improve connections to the airport, positively impacting commercial and tourism revenue over the long term and allowing for future growth in the region.
This mixed-use development is taking shape in Austin's northeastern technology corridor. The 425-acre project will encompass office and retail space plus restaurants, hotels, housing and other essential infrastructure to create a thriving community.
Developed by a partnership between Reger Holdings and KB Home, the East Village will also feature outdoor spaces for gatherings and community events. An extensive green belt will separate the commercial and multifamily areas from single-family dwellings, which will be connected by a trail system. The development will provide an innovative and appealing mix of walkable retail and entertainment options with lifestyle living.
Homes in the East Village will be Energy Star rated and feature low or zero VOC products, high-performance ventilation and other features in line with the EPA's indoor airPLUS standards. The East Village will also incorporate a dedicated EV charging circuit. Located just off Parmer Lane, the development is adjacent to Interstate 35 and Toll 130, giving it access to major employers such as Samsung and Tesla.