Texas Public Policy Foundation
Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) was a narrow 42,000 SF, zero lot line expansion project on the corner of 9th Street and Congress Ave in downtown Austin. The original building was constructed in the 19th-century and since has housed a livery stable, a federal courtroom and an opera house. Harvey-Cleary transformed this two-story building into a new six-story structure on one of the busiest streets in downtown Austin—Congress Avenue. The feature aspect of this project was the first-floor lecture theatre, which is used for TPPF’s presentations, lectures, and speeches. Since this project required the preservation of a historic exterior wall and party wall, we had to brace these walls with tiltwall braces and all earthwork and drilling were completed with these braces in place. Other aspects of the building will include office space for TPPF, a wraparound porch on the 2nd and 6th floors, and the reuse of removed long-leaf pine joists from the original building to construct the new soffits as well as to build the new boardroom table.