Austin’s new Central Library is now approximately one year out from opening its doors, and the outline of the new library’s six floors is taking shape on West Cesar Chavez Street.
Throughout the fall work has moved forward on the roof and roof garden, and also on putting up exterior walls and making them weathertight. Windows are being installed and stone is being placed on the outside of the building.
The $120 million project, designed by architects Lake/Flato and Shepley Bulfinch, is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016, with a grand opening slated for November of 2016.
The new library will include public gathering spaces, gallery space, exhibits, and reading rooms in addition to its books and technology. A library café, which will front West Second Street, is also planned, and the City has said a search is underway for a restauranteur to operate that café. CBRE is in charge of leasing the café space for the City.
@austinpubliclibrary #Austin Central #Library #Construction Photo of the Week We’re taking routine Footcandle measurements up in the skylight of the “cowboy hat” as the scaffolding comes down over the next few months – it sure is amazing up there! Photo by @johntaylorschaffhauser @shepleybulfinch #HenselPhelps #Light
“The Central Library and café are in the center of a tremendous amount of new construction activity along West Second Street, including the Seaholm project, North Shore mixed-use development, 500 West Second Street and the proposed Austin Proper Hotel. We are optimistic that we will find the ideal restaurant partner for this landmark project and the City of Austin,” said Eric DeJernett, CBRE senior vice president.
The Second Street Bridge that spans Shoal Creek next to the new library has also made progress, and now has some impressive spans in place. That bridge will act as an extension of the existing Second St., bringing it farther west and connecting all the new redevelopment sites with the rest of downtown.