The City of Austin and its Parks and Recreation Department are soliciting the public’s ideas on the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Facility and surrounding parkland. A series of open houses will be held this week to educate residents about the building's history and gather their thoughts on its future.
The former pump building — not to be confused with the iconic Seaholm Power Plant across Cesar Chavez Street — appears to float gracefully over the water on the north bank of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
After being in operation since the late 50s, the entire complex was decommissioned in 1996, in preparation for adaptive reuse. Almost 20 years later, as the adjacent Seaholm Redevelopment project breaks ground this month, the time has come for this stand-alone structure to find its role today’s Austin.
The various organizations sponsoring the competition will host a series of open houses onsite for the public to explore the structure, learn about its history and the surrounding projects, and provide input on its suggested future use.
Seaholm Intake Facility Open House Dates/Times
- Wednesday, April 24: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Friday, April 26: 5 p.m.– 7 p.m.
- Saturday, April 27: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
787 Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX
For More Information
- Visit the Parks and Recreation Department project website for more details about the project, the competition handbook, and registration.
- Visit Speak Up Austin for an interactive forum on the subject.
- Use #ImagineSeaholmIntake to voice your opinion or share images.
AIA Austin's Emerging Professionals Committee is proud to be a sponsor and promoter for this event. To keep up with the latest news and activities, join our Facebook group.
By: Denisse V. Hudock, AIA, chair of the AIA Austin Emerging Professionals Committee
Photo of Seaholm Intake Facility by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News