Travis County Approves Broaddus Contract for Downtown Plan
May 19, 2009

AUSTIN, TX May 19, 2009 – The Travis County Commissioners Court approved a contract with Austin-based Broaddus & Associates to prepare a strategic needs analysis and facilities master plan of its downtown/central campus facilities. The awarded work includes a visioning process, assessment of current facilities/operations, a strategic growth plan, and facility requirements. The facilities master-planning process involves initiation and outreach, physical analysis, conceptual planning alternatives, plus master plan development.


The firm's award-winning campus and urban planning division is joined by the national courts planning consultant Ricci Greene Associates of New York, and a consortium of nine other local and state-wide technical consulting experts. The Broaddus & Associates team includes specialists in courts planning and design, facility planning, architectural programming, urban planning and design, historic preservation, data communications and data center planning, and community outreach, as well as parking, transportation, civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, and building design and construction. Broaddus & Associates competed against two other national teams, receiving the highest composite score from the evaluation team.


Travis County's downtown campus is a 12-square-block area with the historic Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse as its epicenter. There are 33 departments located downtown, including 16 judicial and 17 general government departments. Investment in a comprehensive master plan will help the county ensure that any new buildings, as well as existing buildings are the right size, form, quality, image and location for the proposed functions. The plan will address the county tenant mix in downtown facilities and will serve as a guide so that the county may contribute positively to the urban fabric of Austin.


The planning process will be organized to achieve consensus among officials and community representatives. This consensus on shared goals and objectives will be achieved through a cohesive, phased implementation plan that will include realistic construction estimates. The plan also includes a comprehensive study of the county's data center needs. Ultimately, this project will result in a comprehensive statement of long-term operational, programmatic and space need. This will also establish a strategic facilities master plan to develop necessary facilities for the civil/criminal justice system and overall governmental activities well into the future.


Christian Smith, special assistant to the commissioners court, thanked the firm's "extraordinarily competent and experienced" planning team "for the care and thought placed into developing" its winning proposal.


Broaddus & Associates looks forward to assisting Travis County achieve greater efficiency in serving its residents.