Travis County Commissioners Court

GSC Architects February 7, 2016


The long range plan for the downtown campus dictated this 30 year old bank/office building to become the central Administration Building, home for the Commissioner’s Courtroom, offices for the County Judge and Commissioners, offices for the County Administrative departments and for the county media offices. The Commissioner’s Courtroom is the primary focal point for the “Seat of County Government”. This very significant public space is located on the first floor in one of the former banking lobby spaces, which have 25 foot ceiling heights. The first floor public spaces are finished with hickory solid lumber, slats and veneers extending the warm tones of the brick inside and out. The floors are multi-color terrazzo with ceilings that have deep lighted coffers. Both create angular accents that accentuate the dramatic angles of the historic building.

GSC, as managing partner and Architect of Record of the LG/GSC Architects joint venture, provided programming, design and documentation in conjunction with the Lawrence Group. Additionally GSC held contracts with a dozen consultants required to upgrade and re-purpose this handsome building sited prominently between Lavaca and Guadalupe streets in downtown Austin. The renovation included mechanical, electrical, plumbing and Life Safety improvements including the incorporation of a sprinkler system, security, lighting, AV, technology infrastructure, food services and FF&E specification encompassing Level 1, Level 2, and the lower level. Though the building has high structural integrity, the team also made structural changes to partially remove bank vaults to make way for Travis County Media operations.


Client: Travis County

Design Architect: Lawrence Group

Size: 48,500 sf renovation

Services Provided: Construction Documents, FF&E, Construction Administration