Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary – Anderson House Residence Hall

Austin, Texas

Rolling Out a Master Plan With Additional Student Housing

American Constructors built a new 42,000-square-foot housing complex for the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS). The Anderson House Residence Hall was the master plan’s first phase that supports developing future housing on the north side of campus (near 27th Street and Guadalupe Boulevard), just north of the University of Texas.

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Austin, Texas


Higher Education


Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


O’Connell Robertson

What We Built

The new housing complex includes 24 units – one, two, three, and four bedroom units – all of which include a designated built-in study area. Additionally, a gated parking garage is located under the building to ensure safety for the residents.

How We Built It

To maintain a sense of unity, the building’s design exterior incorporated characteristics inherent in the existing campus buildings. Since the location was near Waller Creek, the site design incorporated green spaces lush with trees and native landscaping, and embellished with walkways, sitting areas, playgrounds, and other amenities to encourage congregation of residents.

Parking was noted during pre-construction as a big issue. We adjusted the sequence of work to complete parking lots early and offer additional temporary parking at an area originally allotted for construction staging. The pedestal garage provides easy access to plumbing and mechanical components of the building.

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