Howard Turner

Howard Turner

Seattle, WA, US

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Project Type

New Office Building Design
Adjacent Parking Structure Addition
Adjacent Surface Parking
At Grade Pedestrian Covered Connector
Bridge over Wetland/Floodplain/Stream


Quarry Oaks Office Park
City of Austin
State of Texas
Riverside Resources
Contact; John Needham
Tel; (512) 750-4176


132,000 sf, 3-story office building with a 5-level, 300-car structured parking garage addition.


LEED and Austin Green Building
Existing trees preserved
Floodplain conserved



Master Planning
LEED/Sustainability Feasibility
Full Service A/E
Landscape and Hardscape Design
Interior Design Services
Permitting Services
Project Management
Leasing Support Services


This suburban Class A spec office building was the second phase of development for Riverside Resources at Quarry Oaks on a large master planned property north of Austin.  This suburban spec office building carefully respects its site amenities in every way.  Sitting by the side the natural drainage for Quarry Lake, it nestles among the trash trees and North Texas Oak scrub that flourish there.
The pedestrian connector to the existing Phase I and the adjacent parking structure crosses the creek at a safe datum, springing from outside the floodplain lines.  Outdoor tenant amenity spaces cluster around the activity created by the pedestrian connector to the two-story lobby.  Large existing Oak trees next to the building were carefully preserved during construction, and provide shade and help tie the new building to the old forest.
The unique design in limestone masonry, raw concrete and metal panels, with distinctive monitor roof and vertical glass entries attracted major tenants in a tough market.  The two flanking wings were abruptly offset and rotated to create a tension at the center hinge and entries.  The corners of the wings where set off from the masonry fields with deep exaggerated  reveals, and alternating glazing panels of opaque, clear and metal created pleasing contrast to the more traditional limestone masonry forms of battered pilasters, sills, and lintels.

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Status: Built
Location: Austin, TX, US