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Groundbreaking Held for HOK-Designed Texas Capitol Complex Project

AUSTIN, TX — Construction is underway on Phase II of the Texas Capitol Complex expansion. The Texas Facilities Commission and its project team of JE Dunn, HOK, Square One, and associated partners held an official groundbreaking following three years of planning.

The project will add a five-story, 165,000-square-foot building for use by the Texas Department of Safety and other state agencies and an eight-story, 360,000-square-foot office building for use by additional state agencies. Both buildings will have on-site parking and are targeting completion in late 2026, with occupancy in early 2027. Phase I of the project, completed last year, saw the addition of another two office buildings, a new central utility plant, and three blocks of pedestrian greenspace.

“We are excited to see this project break ground,” said Vanessa Rabe, Practice Leader for HOK’s Austin studio. “Phase 2 will add new vibrancy to central Austin by drawing employees across the region to downtown while providing visitors and residents with improved pedestrian access to our beautiful Capitol Complex.”

Phase II creates a critical link to the Capitol grounds by extending the pedestrian mall between 16th and 15th Streets. This new civic space will continue and complete the mall’s design and offer unobstructed views of the Texas statehouse.

Keeping with the Capital Complex master plan, the Phase II office buildings will define a garden district while preserving three historically significant structures. Clad in pink granite and abundant glazing, the office buildings complement the materiality of the Capitol and allow daylight to reach deep into the floor plates.

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