AUSTIN, TX, October 10, 2018 Bergelectric’s Austin region won an Award of Excellence (top honors) at the 2018 Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Central Texas Excellence in Construction Awards for their work on the City of Austin Central Library.
Each year, the Central Texas Chapter of the ABC recognizes the contribution of its members to the construction industry through several competitive programs, the Excellence in Construction and Safety Awards (EIC) and the Safety Training Evaluation Program Awards (STEP). Regional winners advance to national competitions.
The Excellence in Construction Awards has two levels, the top honor being the EIC Award of Excellence, and the next level being the EIC Award of Merit. The coveted trophy is an impressive statue of an American Eagle. The EIC strives to honor those who exemplify the highest quality of workmanship in their projects, while upholding a dedication to building projects on time and on budget.
The City of Austin’s new Central Library is a nine-story, 198,000-s.f. new building that is now Austin’s largest-ever public library—double the size of the old 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.” Library features include: a bridge connecting the library to 2nd Street 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.
Bergelectric was responsible for all aspects of the electrical installation including fire alarm, tel-data, security, CCTV, access control, lightning protection, and paging systems. Bergelectric also provided an empty raceway for the audio/visual system and block-outs for the roof mounted photovoltaic system.
The New City of Austin Central Library features include:
- Book collections displayed to encourage discovery
• Automated laptop kiosks
• Interactive art displays including virtual reality
• Two reading porches and an indoor reading room
• Views of Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake
• A bridge connecting the library to 2nd St. over Shoal Creek
• Landmark public gathering atrium space adjacent to Shoal Creek
• Cook Book Café with outdoor dining adjacent to Second St. and Shoal Creek Park
• Recycled Reads Gift Shop
• Gallery space featuring local and national artists
• Event center that can hold more than 300 people
• Parking garage with 200 spaces
• Bike corral for 200 bicycles
Bergelectric teamed with general contractor Hensel Phelps as the electrical contractor to help make this state-of-the-art library come to life for the City of Austin. Through the use of modern construction technology, the ability work seamlessly with other construction trades, and acute attention to quality control and safety, Bergelectric proved to be a crucial contractor in the project’s overall success.