The Gin at the Hutto Co-Op District

This project transformed the City of Hutto’s iconic, 65-year-old South Gin Building into a 6,500-square-foot open-air public gathering space that serves as the centerpiece for the city’s future Co-op Mixed-Use District.

The Hutto Cotton and Grain Co-Op is a key part of Hutto’s history as an agricultural community. Along with the original 24 silos, the structures that housed the cotton gin and bailing machinery formed a familiar landmark within the city. The two original steel structures, named the North and South Gin Buildings, were in operation from 1937 until the co-op’s closure in 2003. They were both in poor condition due to years of use and neglect.

The scope of this project included selectively deconstructing and adaptively re-using the best parts of each building to create a single solid structure. The South Gin Building’s original structure was preserved and reinforced with custom-fit steel. We were able to preserve unique aspects of both buildings, such as an old cotton bale press, trusses holding up the ceilings and steel columns and windows, allowing the new building to maintain the character of the original structures. Close coordination between the design and construction team and tenacious schedule management was an essential part of integrating the new with the old and delivering The City of Hutto’s vision.

“American Constructors’ staff was instrumental in educating and informing City staff on construction options to establish confidence when decisions had to be made.”

“The final product delivered to the City by American Constructors met all expectations and has given the citizens of Hutto a true landmark.”


Randy Barker, General Services Director

Owner City of Hutto
Architect Antenora Architects, LLP
Engineers Stantec
Type Municipal Projects
Square Footage 6,500 square feet
Location Hutto, Texas
  • ENR National Best of the Best Project Award 2016
  • ENR National Best Project Award 2016
  • ABC Central Texas Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
  • ABC National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
  • AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture
  • Texas Society of Architects/AIA, Design Award