Projects / Institutional

The Austin United States Courthouse

Austin, Texas

Architects /

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc.

General Contractor /

White Construction Company



Project Cost /

$100M - $200M

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The Austin United States Courthouse – a revitalizing new space

The new Austin United States Courthouse was a key part of the revitalization of Austin’s downtown core. The seven-storey building serves 17 counties and houses eight courtrooms for the District and Magistrate courts, judges’ chambers and associated facilities for the District Clerk, U.S. Probation, U.S. Pretrial, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney, Federal Public Defender and Government Service Agency (GSA). The entire project was valued at $107M.

The new facility was designed to blend perfectly with its surroundings, and to support community activities. With extensive experience on LEED®-certified projects, the Beaubois team was able to provide suggestions for green design initiatives that would allow the building to qualify for LEED Silver certification.

Beaubois provided furnishings and architectural woodwork elements for all of the courtrooms, some of which featured two-storey-high wall panels that resemble medieval towers. The Beaubois team also produced and installed bookcases, paneling and doorframes for the judges’ chambers, as well as security desks.

There was a greater-than-average use of veneer for this project. Pecan was the predominant wood, and it was randomly inset to provide a unique and natural aesthetic.

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