[ Austin, Texas ]
TEXAS EXES ALUMNI CENTER
The Texas Exes Alumni Center renovation expands the 1980s building designed by Charles Moore and Richard Dodge with roughly 13,000 sq ft of new construction and renovated interior space. The existing loading dock and kitchen were replaced to provide a new home for alumni functions and a dedicated entry at the north end of the building adjacent to Miró Rivera’s Texas Cowboys Pavilion.
The project complements the architectural sensibilities of the existing building with an updated material palette on the interior while taking advantage of the unique siting of the alumni center in relation to both the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium to the east and Waller Creek to the west.
Visitors enter through a new, light-filled, double-height entry vestibule clad with cedar and mahogany siding and featuring an open stair with Texas native limestone treads. The interior unfolds from the entry to reveal a new banquet hall, kitchen and bathrooms on the first level, and a maple-paneled lobby and board room with clerestory illumination on the second level. The progression ends with a simple outdoor deck positioned within the mass of the roof that provides a place of prospect for alumni to survey the clock tower, creek and stadium.