Chill Out

Chill Out

Leave no stone unturned. Check out how Austin Energy wants to use a sliver of downtown land, next to Gables Park Tower, for a new chilling station.

The site dimensions make the site pretty much unusable for intense development, so it is great to see a municipal use.  AE has engaged Cotera Reed to handle the design.  The project is being presented to the City of Austin Design Commission on the 25th.

Many downtown buildings are connected to the the City’s “chilled water loop”.  One of the existing chilling stations is at 5th & Sabine (that blue tile “box” connected to the ACVB parking garage).

-Jude

potential "skin" of the station

potential “skin” of the station

Chilling Station design by Cotera Reed

Chilling Station design by Cotera Reed

Chilling Station design by Cotera Reed

Chilling Station design by Cotera Reed

2nd Street facing north

2nd Street facing north

Uninviting land next to Gables Park Tower. Facing Seaholm condos.

Uninviting land next to Gables Park Tower. Facing Seaholm condos.

That would be a crazy building, right? It's just academic showing what is doable. The project would be the lower part only.

That would be a crazy building, right? It’s just academic showing what is doable. The project would be the lower part only.

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There's a sliver of usable land wrapping around and parallel to the train tracks.

There’s a sliver of usable land wrapping around and parallel to the train tracks.

Downtown Austin Chilled Water Loop

Downtown Austin Chilled Water Loop

Uninviting land next to Gables Park Tower

Uninviting land next to Gables Park Tower

About Jude Galligan

Jude Galligan, REALTOR, Principal of TOWERS Realty and publisher of Downtown Austin Blog (aka. "DAB"), spends his time matching remarkable people with remarkable properties in Austin’s urban core. A resident owner in downtown Austin, Jude serves on the Board of the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and the City of Austin Downtown Commission. Contact Jude.

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