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Mueller Central

Central, Austin

When the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport shut down

Development Group

in 1999, the Austin City Council chose Catellus De-

p r o j e c t  Mueller c l i e n t  Catellus

a r c h i t e c t  Studio

velopment Group to transform the 711-acre site into a

8 Architects

d e s i g n t e a m  Milton Hime, AIA; Lisa Dambold, Assoc. AIA; Jennifer

mixed-use “urban village.” As part of the development,

Carter, IIDA; Paul Detke, AIA; Steve Meyers, AIA; Meredith Cloud;

local architectural firm Studio 8 was commissioned to

Lee Ann Ford

design the first component—the renovation of an exist-

c o n t r a c t o r  Zapalac/Reed

ing building that housed a private air terminal and an


& Associates (MEP); Haynes Whaley Associates

administrative office building. The architects wished to

(structural); Coleman & Associates (landscape); Bury+Partners

maintain a sense of the building’s original identity while

(civil); emc Creative (environmental graphic design)

adapting it to its new use as a visitor information center

p h o t o g r a p h e r  McConnell

and main office for Catellus. Completed in May 2007,

c o n s u l t a n t s   Bay



the 7,620-square-foot building retains its original steel railings and handrails :

framing system and brick facade to honor its historical

Artec; lumber : Temple Inland; architectural woodwork : The Canadian

significance, but also incorporates modern elements to

Eco-Lumber Coop (Buda Woodworks);

solid polymer fabrications :

help the building blend seamlessly into the new develop-

EnviroGLAS; building insulation : DOW; metal roofing : Berridge; wood

ment. Mueller Visitors Center has set the sustainability

and plastic doors and frames : Marshfield DoorSystems; glass : PPG; tile :

standard for other projects at the old airport by achiev-

Daltile; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; flooring : WFI Bamboo; paint:

ing LEED Gold certification. Other existing buildings on

Sherwin Williams; elevator : Kone; light fixtures : Louis Paulson

the site also are scheduled to be repurposed, including

r e s o u r c e s limestone :

Mezger Enterprises;

the Browning Hangar and the iconic air traffic control tower, as the mixed-use Mueller development continues to evolve. E m m a

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First floor plan 1 entry 2 courtyard 3 lobby 4 Conference 5 break 6 offices 7 elevator

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Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2008: High-Preformance Design