The Austin Convention Center is a bustling facility located near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Over 10 million people have attended 6,000+ events, including over 900 conventions, at the convention center since it opened in 1992.
Deliveries to these events has become more challenging as Austin’s population and subsequent traffic have continued to grow in the surrounding area. Until recently, delivery truck traffic was managed through a queuing and staging system on Red River Street before organizing them to the Austin Convention Center service yard and loading docks.
To alleviate downtown event traffic and address the need for off-site storage and deliveries, the Austin Convention Center Department created a new 70,000 square foot off-site building to serve as a marshalling yard and warehouse.
The complex features a 70,000-square-foot, tilt-wall warehouse with a 1,200-square-foot mezzanine level. The warehouse interior boasts 5,000 square feet of office space and conference rooms, 2,000 square feet of secured storage, a 1,200-square-foot maintenance shop, four sunken loading docks and three at-grade loading dock spaces.
The multi-purpose facility is uniquely designed to also serve as an overflow option for emergency situations such as natural disasters. The warehouse alone can host up to 1,500 occupants with the capability to provide internal and external power. And this past year it has already served as a temporary shelter for around 300 people experiencing homelessness.