Homeless-service facilities tend to get a bad rap, which is why the City of Austin put architectural aesthetics and environmental friendliness at the top of its priority list when creating the Austin Research Center for the Homeless. The design of the 25,400-foot building — which features an exposed structural Tilt-Up frame with exterior voids and infill walls — promotes the open, informal atmosphere the city was after.
To accommodate a small building site, CMC developed a stack casting system specifically for this project, which had the added benefit of reducing the amount of formwork and finishing materials used, and also gave the exposed concrete a high-quality finish. A 45-percent fly-ash concrete mixture was used to reduce environmental impact, and the structure was designed so that 90 percent of the lighting in workspaces comes from natural sources — considerations that ultimately earned the center a LEED Silver rating.
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