SEARCH IN BRIEF

 
Surprise selection for Austin Central Library

The city council of Austin, Texas surprised its staff and the public when it selected the second ranked architectural team of Lake/Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott on Thursday to design its new central library. The staff had rated 22 applicants before recommending the team of Barnes Gromatzy Kosarek Architects and Taniguchi with Holzman Moss for the job.

“It was a really tough decision" Mayor Will Wynn, a graduate of Texas A&M's College of Architecture, told the local newspaper the Statesman about overruling his staff’s selection. "Ultimately I believe that (Lake/Flato's) design talent and commitment to sustainability will marry well with the site and with what we are trying to achieve." Council Member Laura Morrison voted against Lake/Flato, saying she thinks Barnes Gromatzy has the best record of gathering public input, finishing projects on time and under budget, and including minority-owned firms in its work. Going forward, Mayor Wynn says he will ask Lake Flato to seek greater minority firm participation in the project.

The 250,000 sq ft library will be built with $90 million in voter-approved bond money. As envisioned, the new library will be sustainable, with a rainwater harvesting system, and be a great civic space with a grand porch overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

IN BRIEF
Monday 15 December 2008
Foster + Partners unveil fresh images of First and Mission Towers
Thu 31 Jul 2014
AP reports sinkholes 500m from Lotte World Tower construction site in Seoul
Thu 31 Jul 2014
Rising star gone too soon - Randall Stout dies at 56
Fri 25 Jul 2014
Maggie's Cultural Crawl tickets now available
Fri 25 Jul 2014
Post Tower wins CTBUH 10 Year Award
Fri 25 Jul 2014
Two winners announced for Archifest Pavilion
Thu 24 Jul 2014
Jane Duncan selected as next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Thu 24 Jul 2014
Longo Park Design Workshop's Jay Longo and Jennifer Park to join Forum Studio
Wed 23 Jul 2014