Austin, Texas

Office: 425,334 SF
Parking Garage: 1,581 Spaces / 539,300 SF
Warehouse: 131,250 SF
Lab: 81,134 SF
CUP: 13,094 SF

The TxDOT Stassney Office Building and Campus consolidates 36 divisions of the Headquarters Administration in a single location from multiple locations across the Austin metropolitan area. Encompassing over 425,000 sf and supporting almost 1,600 employees, the building design responds to the needs of the workplace by providing a highly flexible open floor plan design that maximizes the opportunity for team collaboration and an alternate workspace environment. Confronting challenges with employee recruitment and retention, TxDOT leadership challenged the project team to design a building that honors and respects the contribution of the TxDOT workforce to the people of Texas through the planning, execution, and management of transportation systems across the state.

The design solution emphasizes the themes of transportation and celebrates the diversity of the people and regions throughout Texas. While the open and adaptable workplace throughout the building is central to the design, workforce needs are met with a safe and secure campus environment. Wellness opportunities include a fitness center, dedicated Nurse clinic, and a 49-acre campus preserving much of the natural environment and circumscribed with nearly 3 miles of trails. Cafeteria and dining facilities, including outdoor dining spaces, are also featured throughout the campus, along with secure parking, bike lockers, and access to public transportation. While accommodating the need for collaboration and meeting activity, the floor plan design incorporates multiple types of meeting spaces on each floor and features public meeting spaces and parking to accommodate the range of public engagement requirements of the departments’ mission segregated from employee workspace and activity for security and safety of the campus.

The TxDOT Stassney Office Building and Campus design exceeds State Energy Code requirements with a highly efficient chilled water central plant supporting a chilled beam mechanical system. The building façade is predominantly glazed curtain wall with energy-efficient coating systems and screening and shading devices to mitigate solar impact. Conversely, the glazing affords substantial natural daylight in the workplace supplemented with efficient LED lighting. Heat gain at the roof is further managed with a highly reflective roof membrane to reduce the urban heat island effect.

Furniture selection and design further support the workspace needs with a variety of workplace types. The robust and secure wi-fi system throughout the campus enables people to select their daily workplace as most stations are unassigned. This “hoteling” arrangement accommodates a highly mobile and capable workforce to support efficiency without sacrificing productivity.

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