City of Austin Central Library

  • July 14, 2016

Berg is Building the Largest-Ever Public Library in Austin, TX

Sharing the same street as the new Fairmont Austin Hotel in Downtown Austin, the new central library is a nine-story, 198,000-s.f. new building that will become Austin’s largest-ever public library—double the size of the current library. According to general contractor Hensel Phelps, “The iconic building is defined by a daylight-filled, six-story atrium wrapped by collections and event space.”

Bergelectric is installing underfloor modular wiring throughout the library –making the facility more adaptable to future changes, and improving overall life-cycle cost. Other sustainable features include a 150-kilowatt photovoltaic array to generate electrical power for the building. The City is seeking a LEED® Platinum certification once completed.

Bergelectric has made use of modern technology throughout the installation. iPads and Bluebeam Studio has enabled Bergelectric field forces to access and adapt to the ever-changing electrical design in real-time. BIM was used in the coordination of large mechanical and electrical system layouts throughout the building to minimize clashes during construction, and Trimble® Total Station technology was used for sleeve, fixture and floor box layout.

Other features include; a bridge connecting the library to 2nd St. over Shoal Creek, an underground parking garage, a restaurant and special event center that can hold more than 300 people, an outdoor café, and an art gallery.

Construction is slated to be completed in November of 2016.