Construction Update: Canopy Walk in Austin

July 3, 2017 by Joel Blok

BIG RED DOG is working with Thomas Phifer and Partners, Manchester Texas Financial Group, DWG. Landscape Architects, Thornton Tomasetti, and Hunt Construction (AECOM) on Canopy Walk, located at 120 ½ Red River Street near the heart of downtown Austin. The project, an elevated pedestrian walkway on a 0.76-acre site, crosses Red River Street and Austin’s Waller Creek as it links the Austin Convention Center to the soon-to-be-completed Fairmont Hotel.

Construction adjacent to the Austin Convention Center

The project is a uniquely-challenging one, in that much of the construction necessarily takes place in Waller Creek. Throughout design, BIG RED DOG coordinated closely with DWG., Thomas Phifer, and Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, the architects for the redevelopment of Waller Creek by the Waller Creek Conservancy. BIG RED DOG coordinated the design extensively with watershed and floodplain reviewers for the City of Austin and assisted in the design of a series of dams to divert the flow of the creek during construction.

Waller Creek

Civil Engineering services provided by BIG RED DOG Austin included preliminary engineering & concept design, site development permit, floodplain coordination, and construction phase services.

Joel Blok, our Construction Manager, on site last week

The bridge, with its elegant concrete columns, serpentine route, and open-air walls, interacts beautifully with its urban and natural settings and serves as a key piece in the revitalization of the Waller Creek area.

Photo source: Thomas Phifer

The Canopy Walk project is well under construction; anticipated completion is late 2017. Keep checking the BIG RED Blog and follow us on social media for updates on this and other exciting projects!

Written by Joel Blok

Joel Blok

Joel is a Construction Manager in our Austin office. Joel is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Joel eventually migrated South and earned his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Joel’s experience includes working on the design and/or construction of multiple airport expansions, multi-family properties, higher education facilities and commercial buildings. When he’s not in the office, Joel can usually be found outdoors: hiking, fishing, camping, or playing golf.