Austin Resource Center for the Homeless
|Owner||City of Austin|
|Client||LZT Architects, Inc.|
|Project Location||Austin, Texas|
- Unique Tilt-up Concrete Frames
- Accelerated Construction
- LEED Silver Rating
P.E. Structural was pleased to provide structural engineering design services for this facility which houses a new homeless shelter, resource center, and clinic. With a $5M construction budget, this building occupies approximately 25,400sf of interior floor space. The building conformed to the LEED sustainability criteria required to achieve a Silver Rating.
The architecture of the building focused on the innovative exposed structural system. Tilt-up concrete frames, which were stack-cast on a very restricted urban site, support two floors of precast hollow-core panels. The structural framing system allowed for rapid and economical construction. Concrete mixes incorporated environmentally friendly flyash as a replacement for a large percentage of portland cement. Because of its high flyash content and lack of construction waste, the concrete tilt-up frame system greatly contributed to successfully meeting “green” construction goals.