New Home of Austin Playhouse Coming to Mueller!

March 31, 2011 by Scott Ginder

Editors Note: This BIG RED Blog post about the new Austin Playhouse is a guest post from Scott Ginder, project architect and Senior Associate with Dick Clark Architecture. BIG RED DOG is the civil engineer for the project in Mueller’s new Town Center.

Dick Clark Architecture is proud to be designing the new home for the Austin Playhouse at Mueller Austin. The new playhouse will be one of the first projects to break ground in the ‘Town Center’ part of the Mueller development.

Exterior Building Rendering by Dick Clark Architecture

After ten successful years in the Penn Field development on South Congress Avenue, the theater has grown to exceed the capacity offered in both the existing main stage and Larry L. King theaters at Penn Field. The new location at Mueller will be a permanent home for the theater and will secure the theater’s longevity as one of Austin’s preeminent entertainment destinations.

Interior Rendering Provided by Dick Clark Architecture

The modern design of the building and theater serve to represent the next chapter in the life of the Austin Playhouse. In addition to the Penn Field location, previous Austin theater locations have included the State Theater on Congress Avenue and the Live Oak Theater in the warehouse district.

The first floor space will include 13,000 square feet of space and will include the main stage, a black box theater, and theater support spaces. The ground floor will also include a 2,200 square foot restaurant lease space which will open onto the pedestrian paseo. The locations of the theater and restaurant lease space are a perfect fit for the mixed-use town center that the developer Catellus has planned.  The one story building is being designed in such a way to accommodate four stories of future artist live/work spaces above it, and the building will include a public art gallery.

BIG RED DOG was selected as the Civil Engineer because of their Principal’s past experience with multiple other civil projects at Mueller Austin, including Lake Park, the Northwest and Southwest Greenway Parks, and the Welcome Center, among others.

Theater Floor Plan Rendering Provided by Dick Clark Architecture

About Scott Ginder: Scott Ginder is a registered architect who designs residential and commercial projects for a variety of clients and always seeks to find solutions that uniquely suit each individual project. His project experience includes custom residential, multi-family, institutional, restaurant, office finish out, retail, and non-profit. Scott is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Dick Clark Architecture: Our work covers a wide range of project types from master planning and site feasibility studies to custom single-family homes. Our commercial work includes offices, hotels, mixed-use projects, restaurants, multi-family housing and retail developments. Dick Clark Architecture was founded in 1979. For over thirty years the office has been influenced by the creative environment and technology that have driven Austin. Dick Clark Architecture was formed here, but has grown parallel with the city to expand our influence and work. Creative and engaged in the community, the staff continues to draw inspiration from Austin for work that contributes to the shaping of central Texas and beyond. Local knowledge, creativity and an ability to work openly and collaboratively produce our results.

Written by Scott Ginder

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