American Constructors recently completed work on 1111 West Sixth: a mixed-use office and retail space for Schlosser Development Corporation, located in downtown Austin.

The highly anticipated redevelopment of the former Austin Independent School District headquarters was completed after a strategic design pivot due to changing market conditions from COVID-19.

The 2.7-acre site features a fully transformed four-story, 70,000-square-foot Class-A office building that will house Austin-based law firm McGinnis Lochridge, as well as a refurbished underground parking garage and ground floor retail space.

A Pandemic Pivot

When the pandemic hit shortly after the project’s groundbreaking and two pre-negotiated tenants pulled back from the project, SDC, American Constructors and architect Nelsen Partners worked collaboratively to shift site plans to better accommodate the future of office work. Rather than pursuing immediate construction of the originally-planned 110,000-square-foot new office building on the north side of the property, SDC worked to reposition the remaining anchor tenant to the existing south building that was being renovated.

“If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s the need to be flexible and adapt,” said Daniel Lind, Project Manager at American Constructors.

Plans for the south building were also redesigned to better suit the needs of McGinnis Lochridge, creating a favorable outcome for both the owner and tenant. The design for the proposed north building was also updated to reduce its footprint and adapt to a new site plan outfitted for a future construction phase. The north building will include up to 80,000 square feet of retail space.

“In addition to the design changes, we also faced significant supply chain delays and manpower shortages from the pandemic — but we were still able to deliver the final product on time and without compromising quality,” Lind added. “It was a pleasure working with Schlosser.”

The construction of 1111 West Sixth represents the unique approach American Constructors brings to every project, anticipating client needs and addressing them proactively to ensure a successful end result.

“I’m incredibly proud of how our team and project partners came together to ensure the integrity of this project amid many challenges,” Lind said.

Partnering with Schlosser Development Corporation

This project is American Constructors’ fourth partnership with Schlosser Development Corporation, as the firm also constructed the nearby Whole Foods Market headquarters parking garage, located just one block from the new office site. The 118,986 square foot garage houses 447 parking stalls and was completed in 2014.

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