Hines has operated in Austin since the mid-1970s, when it developed one of the city's first modern office buildings, the Bank of America Tower located at Fifth and Congress. The firm owns and manages 301 Congress, which is four blocks from the new museum site, and has developed office and civic projects around the globe, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Audrey Jones Beck Building designed by Rafael Moneo. Hines recently announced plans to develop a Jean Nouvel-designed mixed-use tower in midtown Manhattan adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that will include a 50,000-square-foot expansion of the museum's galleries. The Hines and Pelli Clarke Pelli team was recently selected to develop the Transbay Transit Center and Tower in San Francisco. In addition, the two firms are working together on a major mixed-use project at Boston's historic South Station.
"Environmental sensitivity and energy efficiency have been distinguishing features of our projects for decades, and we are looking forward to developing the first LEED-certified office building in downtown Austin," said Hines Vice President Travis Overall. "We are very pleased to partner with AMOA in bringing two important projects to the last undeveloped block in this area of the CBD."
The new development will add to the strength of the civic and cultural district emerging around Republic Square, including Austin's City Hall, Ballet Austin Dance Education Center, renovated Austin Music Hall, the growing retail and residential activity along Second Street, and planned Austin City Limits Studio, and future federal courthouse.
"Strong cultural institutions like the Austin Museum of Art provide the backbone for vibrant urban centers," said Austin Mayor Will Wynn. "The permanent downtown location for AMOA will be one of downtown's cultural jewels, transforming a surface parking lot into a 21st century museum and a LEED-certified office tower while continuing to build the city's tax base and bring life to our urban core."