Austin, Texas may be home to the UT Longhorns, delicious barbeque, and fantastic live music, but it is also home to our first non-west coast office. In 2008, DCI Engineers opened its doors after having worked for over half a decade on projects in the Lone Star state. Five DCI employees from the Spokane, Seattle, and San Diego offices moved to Austin and now enjoy 75 degree Thanksgivings and golfing almost all year long. We have done work on a variety of projects across the country and the world including Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Aruba, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
As the office has grown to thirteen employees and we have expanded our office, we have come to find out that we require the use of two Razor scooters to serve as our inner office transportation (an efficient and amusing way to get around!). When we aren’t engineering, we try our best to live it up in this fantastic city with events such as Relay Marathon, CANstruction, and a very cut-throat game of White Elephant at our holiday party.
If you are ever in Austin and near our office, please stop in, say hello, and join in on our office wide debate on where to find the city’s best queso, fish tacos, and BBQ!
The Thinkery (Austin Children’s Museum): A unique oasis located in Austin, Texas where children can explore and learn through play. It was created as a “museum without walls” to promote an interactive learning experience for children of all ages. The new location of the Austin Children’s Museum is intended to be a standout building in a new mixed-use urban development.
St. Andrew’s Fine Arts Center: A comprehensive cluster of three buildings to showcase fine arts for the St. Andrew’s campus. The centerpiece of the complex is the 39,800 square foot performing arts building which consists of a 400 fixed seat auditorium with balcony, stage, and support spaces; the 125 seat “Black Box”; and a scene assembly shop.
Sonesta Hotel: One of the newest additions to the impressive mixed use development in the City of Bee Cave, Texas. The project is a six story hotel and parking structure encompassing approximately 194,000 square feet. The project site is a wonderful example of public-private partnership as it houses several well-known retail shops, restaurants, and the city offices of the City of Bee Cave.
DCI Austin- Quick Facts
Location: 600 Congress Street
Move in date: April 2008
Number of Employees: 13
Favorite lunch spots: Torchy’s Tacos, Chipotle, Bar Louie (our West Side conference room)
Recent projects: The Thinkery, St. Andrew’s Fine Arts Center and Chapel, Broken Arrow Elementary Schools (four campuses), and 8 ½ Canal Street.
Fun facts: Austin is the live music capital of the world with famous festivals such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits as well as the Circuit of The Americas, home of the Formula 1 US Grand Prix. It’s also the home for many famous folks such as Sandra Bullock, Lance Armstrong, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, and Willie Nelson. Several of our iconic buildings and streets have been featured in movies such as “Friday Night Lights”, “Dazed and Confused”, and “SpyKids”.
Want to learn more about what the Austin office has been up to? Check out this video on the Grand Solmar Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
About the Author
Anish Talati, Associate | As an Associate, Anish enjoys being a member of the blog committee because it allows him to reach out to the world and share with them the work that DCI Engineers does. His favorite part about being an Associate at DCI is seeing a building take shape based on the ideas and collaboration of everyone involved in a project. When he is not at work, Anish enjoys volunteering his time for the betterment of the community.
Janki DePalma, Business Development Manager | As a Business Development Manager, Janki was one of the first hires in the Austin office. Having worked in the A/E/C industry for over five years, Janki enjoys participating in the blog because it gives her the chance to explore the work that DCI does in a creative and fun way. In her spare time, Janki likes to read, dreams about writing a novel, and loves spending time with her husband and sons.