[ Austin, Texas ]
AISD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
United States Green Building Council
Austin Green Awards
5-Star Sustainability Rating
Austin Energy Green Building
The AISD Performing Arts Center (PAC) is the first district-wide Fine Arts facility in the 134-year history of the Austin Independent School District. Approved via special bond election, the state-of-the-art venue serves more than 84,000 K-12 students at 129 schools. Instead of a sprawling suburban site, the PAC is located in a former airport that is being transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented community in the heart of Austin.
Glazing makes activity within visible from the street, and vice versa. The auditorium, which seats 1,200 people, can be tuned to the needs of any performance—from a full orchestra to a solo vocalist. The PAC also contains a 250-seat black box theater, dance studio, multipurpose room, and individual recording studio.
The project has received LEED Gold certification, and has earned a 5-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building. Compared to a baseline case study, the PAC achieves 23% less overall energy use; 100% less irrigation potable water use (via graywater recycling); and 33% less indoor potable water use. 44% of building materials were sourced within 500 miles, and the building contains 33% recycled content.