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Swinerton Builders Texas: June 27, 2016

Swinerton mixes brick, glass, iron and steel in cool new Austin office space

Swinerton Builders created a permanent Austin office in 2013 and has grown so much during Austin's economic run-up that the general contracting firm had to find larger space for its staff of 46 employees.

The San Francisco-headquartered firm has been retained for so many tenant build-out projects across Austin that the local team decided its new offices would reflect its own expertise.

With nearly 10,000 square feet in the new Encino Trace development on Southwest Parkway, Swinerton collaborated with Austin-based Studio8 Architects to bring panache to a normally staid suburban office environment. 

"We celebrated much of the existing building and structure, [but] we brought a little more rawness in [to] really give Swinerton's space a lot of personality," said Jennifer Carter, a principal with Studio8.

Though the building — delivered recently by Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) — is Class A office space, Swinerton was able to incorporate an industrial feel with exposed duct work, red iron steel beams, reclaimed wood, glass garage doors, brick and steel plumbing pipe.

A key objective was to engage visitors the minute they step through the door.

The glass garage doors allow the kitchen and entertaining space to expand into the
conference room.

"We were thinking how the space might feel and work for marketing events and parties,"
Carter said.

Another guiding principle was to "celebrate construction," making the most of materials while enhancing natural light.

Swinerton hopes their Austin headquarters is a selling point when pitching potential clients.

Here's a look at some clients and projects in the Swinerton Austin portfolio:

SolarWinds office renovation; AMD lab facility improvements; Austin Community College Highland Mall renovations; John Winters Complex for the Texas Facilities Commission; City of Leander Pat Bryson Building; Austin Film Society Austin Studio expansion; and Friends and Allies Brewery — a new East Austin business.

Jan Buchholz covers commercial and residential real estate, construction and architecture and retail and restaurants for the Austin Business Journal

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