The family ownership of the large Buda Mill and Grain facility decided to convert their former agricultural complex into a commercial development, where the local community could gather for food, drink, shopping, and social activities. The historical complex with over 50,000 square-feet of building area, which was more than 100 years old, is undergoing a transformation from a languishing industrial site to a vibrant destination, while maintaining respect for the historical landscape.
Hollingsworth Pack has performed all of the structural engineering during the seven-year project, and as their Austin office has grown during this time to offer additional services,also provided civil and MEP engineering. During the project, historical buildings were evaluated for adaptive reuse, strengthened, renovated, re-purposed with modern systems, and in some cases demolished and rebuilt. Ten new buildings have been constructed in total. We have cooperated with the owner,contractors, and multiple architects to convert old barns, silos, cotton gins and elevated grain augers into modern and convenient buildings suitable for commercial use. Reuse of materials and preserving the existing “bones” of each building have been priorities on this project.
Our civil engineers have provided land development permit and construction drawings including modern drainage improvements, water quality treatment and new utility services. Most notably we led close cooperation with the City of Buda for engineering design of a new City water main through the site, tunneled below nearby railroad tracks and connected to a water tower.
Hollingsworth Pack has provided engineering services for the entire development spanning seven years, from 2012 to 2019.