Eleanor McKinney  
phone: (512) 445-5202
Landscape Architect fax: (512) 445-3432
 

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Terrazas Library

East Ceasar Chavez is fast developing into a major gateway for downtown Austin. The Terrazas Library Expansion, designed by the Lawrence Group Architects, is in a prime location just two blocks from IH 35. As a result, the design team proposed a streetscape approach to provide a positive pedestrian experience. A row of cedar elms will eventually form a continuous canopy of shade. A low stone wall serves to buffer the surface parking. Space has been designed for vendor markets or street fairs to assist in neighborhood revitalization. The main entry plaza is defined by a “rain basin” which collects water from the roof, Mexican style pavers, and dramatic plantings. Catchement areas have been designated throughout the site to provide an innovative water quality approach. Consulting services include hardscape, softscape, and irrigation.