Development Update

New waterfront development unveiled for Austin's Seaholm district

New waterfront development unveiled for Austin's Seaholm district

Seaholm Waterfront intake building
The Seaholm Intake building is transforming — but first, the City of Austin needs your feedback. Photo courtesy of The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

A historic facility on Lady Bird Lake is getting the attention it deserves. On Monday, May 15, representatives from City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and The Trail Foundation announced a collaborative effort to redevelop the iconic Seaholm Intake building.

Dubbed the Seaholm Waterfront, the area includes three acres of downtown parkland located on the lake. The city has tapped Studio Gang, an acclaimed architecture firm based out of Chicago and New York City, to spearhead the project.

"We're excited to help unlock the potential of this historic building, nested in an incredible system of parks and trails, along one of the great downtown waterfronts in the United States," says Gia Biagi, principal of urbanism at Studio Gang, in a release. "We're looking forward to working in partnership with the city and its citizens to activate this important public asset."

Studio Gang's first step will be to get feedback from the community through a series of public and shareholder meetings through  the fall. From there, Studio Gang and its local partners — Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Datum Engineering, and Urban Design Group — will explore potential ideas and programming for the space. Austin Parks Foundation and The Trail Foundation will fund the project to the tune of $450,000.

The Seaholm Power Plant, including the Intake Building, was constructed in the 1950s and provided the city with electricity until 1989. The Art Deco facility was decommissioned seven years later, and remained unused until Seaholm Power, LLC broke ground on the development.

The Seaholm Waterfront is just the latest phase in the revamp of the entire district, which has already given us big-name openings like Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, Trader Joe's, True Food Kitchen, and the Seaholm Residences. In-progress additions include Austin's new central library, The Independent, Austin Proper, and the former GreenWater Treatment Plant.