The Seaholm Intake Facility is located on the banks of Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The Seaholm Intake facility was once the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant complex and is an iconic Art Deco design. The Seaholm Intake Facility requires extensive renovations after sitting vacant and decommissioned as a power plant building for decades. The focus of the Phase 1 rehabilitation is to provide the necessary upgrades to allow for rejuvenation and activation of the space in the short-term, while plans for the next phase of the Seaholm Waterfront Plan are developed.

Current Project Updates

  • Phase 1 Rehabilitation: The City has executed a construction contract with Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC to complete the work. Balfour Beatty was the contractor selected through a Competitive Sealed Proposal solicitation in Spring 2021. Construction commenced in September 2021.

Historic image of Seaholm Intake facility

Background

The Seaholm Power Plant, a City-owned retired power generation facility, was designed by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. and built of cast concrete in two phases in 1950 and 1955 by Odom Construction. Seaholm Intake is part of that overall structure. The Seaholm Power Plant represents a strong civic presence in the cityscape of downtown Austin and showcases a unique period of American Art Deco municipal architecture and Public Works engineering. Seaholm operated as a power plant until 1989. In 1996, Austin City Council authorized the decommissioning of the plant and all the associated buildings, in preparation for future adaptive re-use. The Seaholm Intake Facility is located on the banks of Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail.

The planning phase began in May 2017 and was completed in 2018. Phase 1 Rehabilitation will begin soon. Planning for Phase 2 in partnership with The Trail Foundation, is in its initial stages.

Phase 1 Rehabilitation Description

Overhead drawing of intake facililty showing Building 1 and Building 2 as well as surrounding streets, trail, and lake

The Seaholm Intake Facility requires extensive renovations after sitting vacant and decommissioned as a power plant building for decades. The focus of the Phase 1 Rehabilitation is to provide the necessary upgrades to make the building usable, such as exterior cleaning, interior safety, and ADA accessibility improvements. In addition, Building 3 will be retrofitted as a support structure for events at the intake facility.

These renovations will allow for rejuvenation and activation of the space in the short-term, while preparations for the next phase of the Seaholm Waterfront Plan are developed.

Phase 1 Anticipated Schedule

  • September 2021: Construction begins
  • Spring 2022: Construction completed

Phase 1 Community Engagement

Community engagement for Phase 1 Rehabilitation will be limited to email and webpage updates. Phase 1 includes the necessary upgrades for the building to be safe, able to be occupied, and code compliant as outlined in the Council-approved plan for the Seaholm Waterfront. Extensive engagement was completed as a part of the planning process, as well as a robust series of Boards, Commissions and City Council approvals. All proposed Phase 1 work was granted approval by the Historic Landmark Commission and City of Austin Historic Preservation Office.

Funding and Resources

The funding for the Rehabilitation of the Seaholm Intake Building is made possible through Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funding to support projects and initiatives that meet allowable uses as defined under Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code. HOT revenue is an essential tool for the promotion of tourism and supports the growth of the tourism, convention and hotel industry. PARD is an important partner in this effort as public parks, museums and cultural centers are among the top tourist attractions in the City.

Additional funding for this project has been provided through general obligation bonds and parkland dedication fees.

Contact

For information on Phase 1 Rehabilitation, contact Christina Bies, Project Coordinator, by email or phone at (512) 974-9490.