Austin Unveils Top 10 Competition Entries for Seaholm Intake

Austin Unveils Top 10 Competition Entries for Seaholm Intake

The Seaholm Intake, build in the 1950s and decommissioned in 1996, is set to become a hub in park activity around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake. (Courtesy Austin Parks & Recreation)

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department recently hosted a competition (ended July 12) to attract concepts for the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Facility, the pump house of the decommissioned Seaholm Power Plant (the turbine hall of which is undergoing another adaptive reuse project). The Seaholm complex is located prominently on Lady Bird Lake in downtown, not far from Waller Creek, whose landscape is being redesigned by Michael Van Valkenburgh, and adjacent to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Some of its buildings, including the intake, are solid examples of the heroic period of American cast-in-place concrete Art-Deco municipal architecture and stand as civic icons in Austin. Competition entrants were asked to envision a new use for the structure and the surrounding land that would engage park users, the trail, and the water.

Austin Parks received 76 proposals and is displaying its favorite 10 entries at Austin City Hall from now until August 2. The top three will be announced on August 9. The ideas from the top three proposals will “help inspire subsequent design phases of the project,” according to Austin Parks’ website. Following this competition, Austin Parks will release a request for proposals for public-private partnerships with ideas of how to reuse the facility.

The proposal from Team CS, YoungJoon Choi 

The proposal from Surroundings, Will Iadevaia

The proposal from KESTUDIO, Kyriakos Kyriakou

Proposal from GUMBULLY, Brendan Wittstruck

Proposal from Gensler Team Luis, Andrew Waddle

Proposal from Gensler Team George, George Blume

Proposal from Healthy Environment Collaborative, Charles Nelson Meyer

Proposal from Danze Blood Architects/Mell Lawrence Architects, Elizabeth Danze

Proposal from BOKA Powell + Design Workshop, Philip Koske

Proposal from 5250, Sadi Brewton & Jonathan Davies