BIG RED DOG Plays a Big Role in Austin's Hotel Boom!

July 15, 2015 by Kelly Daacon

Austin is booming. In the past couple of years, new restaurants, apartments, and hotels have started construction throughout the city. Big Red Dog is excited to be a part of several new, trendy hotels.

These hotels include Hotel Van Zandt, in the Rainey Street historic district, South Congress Hotel, in the heart of South Congress, and the Hotel Indigo, downtown.

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Hotel Van Zandt under construction in downtown Austin

Hotel Van Zandt, developed by JMI Realty, is located at 605 Davis Street in downtown Austin. It is 16 stories, has 326 rooms, and covers 346,000 square feet. It has a 6,800 square foot pool deck and bar, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, and 1,300 square feet of office space. The team included dwg. urban architectural landscapes.

Construction started on the site in July 2013. Civil Engineering services provided by BIG RED DOG Austin included project due diligence, civil engineering design, regulatory permitting, zoning cases, utility design, drainage design, and construction administration.

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The South Congress Hotel under construction in South Austin


The South Congress Hotel is located at 1603 South Congress Avenue in south Austin. It is in the middle of historic South Congress and within walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops.

It is 3 stories, and has 82 rooms. Some of the rooms even include private decks and rooftop gardens. The hotel has an underground parking garage which can accommodate up to 200 vehicles.

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The South Congress Hotel under construction in South Austin

This is a mixed use project with 17,550 square feet of retail space and 5,280 square feet of meeting space.

The project was developed by CSE Realty with Trammell Crow Company. The team included Dick Clark Architecture and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

Construction started on the site in August 2013. Civil Engineering services provided by BIG RED DOG Austin included obtaining approvals for off-site utility extensions, curb line modifications on South Congress Avenue, obtaining a site development permit and approvals for a license agreement, and administration of ongoing construction phase services.

Hotel Indigo under construction in downtown Austin

The Hotel Indigo is located at 805 Neches Street in downtown Austin. The building will actually host two separate hotels–the Hotel Indigo and the Holiday Inn Express. Their entrances will be on opposite sides of the building, but they will both be run by Intercontinental Hotels Group.

The building is 10 stories and has 300 rooms combined between both hotels. It covers 283,000 square feet which will include some restaurant and office space. Hotel Indigo is also a part of the Great Streets Austin program which is improving the quality of downtown streets and sidewalks.

The team included Mitchell Carlson Stone Inc. Construction started on the site in 2014.

MEP Engineering services provided by BIG RED DOG Austin included mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design, construction documents, and code compliance documents.

Keep checking the BIG RED Blog for updates on these exciting projects!

Written by Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon, P.E. is the Marketing Director for BIG RED DOG, responsible for marketing, branding, design, content, and digital media initiatives for the firm. Kelly graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys running at Lady Bird Lake and hanging with his crazy dog Shiner. Kelly and his wife live in east Austin.