Repurposing Iconic Buildings
What do you do with a Power Plant built in the 1950s that stopped producing power in 1989? You turn it into an office building of course! The City of Austin chose the Seaholm Redevelopment team in 2005 to repurpose the iconic structure and land around it. By the end of 2014 the Power Plant building had reopened its doors for the first time in 18 years. This time instead of producing power it now offices Athena Health and is the center for new development surrounding it including Trader Joe’s and UnderArmour corporate offices.
EEA was chosen as the Commissioning Agent for the conversion of the old power plant into a 130,000 square foot shell office building. The shell building project pursued both an Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) rating and a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Shell and Core rating. EEA also commissioned the Trader Joe’s and UnderArmour locations.
The building spaces include offices, conference rooms and break areas. The scope included commissioning of chilled water pumps, variable air volume (VAV) air handling units, VAV terminal units with electric heat, general exhaust, energy recovery units, DX split systems, direct digital type controls, electric hot water heaters, and lighting control systems throughout the building.