Big Red Dog Project Girls School of Austin

Girls School of Austin
Austin, TX
Haddon + Cowan Architects
Year Completed:
K-8 Private School
Sq Footage:
Civil Engineering, Site Development Permitting, Construction Administration

Project Description

The Girls' School of Austin is the city's first independent school for girls, with the mission to develop confident young women who lead intellectually vibrant and fulfilling lives.

When the Girls' School needed to expand their 2-acre campus to better serve their students, Haddon + Cowan Architects designed a new 12,500-square-foot campus, which is comprised of five buildings. The open campus provides students with outdoor space, including multiple gardens and play areas throughout the site.

BIG RED DOG was responsible for civil engineering design, site development permitting, and construction administration for the project. The campus opened in 2014.

Haddon and Cowan Architects Collaborative

Michael Cowan

Our approach to design has always been collaborative and we are always looking for engineers who are design-oriented and will do more than just adapt the site to a given building plan. We’ve found in working with BIG RED DOG that they have been very forward-thinking and they eagerly get involved early in the project programming process. This allows us to focus on what we do best, and makes BRD an integral part of our design team.

Community Impact

Austin Energy awarded the school a Four-Star Green Building rating, recognizing its accomplishments in water conservation; indoor environmental quality; construction waste recycling and sourcing of materials; energy efficiency; and native landscapes.