Event WiA Site Tour 02 - 1111 W. 6th Street

May 27, 2021 - 11:00am

Located on a 2.7 acre site between W. 5th and W. 6th streets, 1111 is directly adjacent to downtown Austin. This development includes two office buildings totaling 150,000 sf. The program also includes existing subgrade parking at the South Building as well as a retail component at the ground floor of the North Building. The plan emphasizes a strong connection from both buildings to the 6th street corridor. The South Building is an existing structure that has been gutted and reskinned to make it a Class A office building that will house future tenant, Austin-based law firm McGinnis Lochridge. The North Building is new construction that takes advantage of an open lawn space directly to the west of the building entry. Both buildings will offer views of downtown Austin Event Description: During this tour, architects Lindsay Abati, Lesha Blair, and designer, McConnell Bobo of Nelsen Partners will discuss how the existing AISD headquarters has been transformed into a Class A office experience through the reuse of the existing structure. Landscape Architect, Kim Harding of dwg will give an overview of the project site, and its connection to the 6th Street Corridor. Sara Hamill, P.E. with EEA consulting engineers will talk about the process of salvaging existing MEP systems while integrating new technology. The session will also address the importance of being able to pivot mid process due to unforeseen existing conditions or even a global pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the challenges architects and consultants face when upgrading existing buildings to current codes. We will look at accessibility, fire protection, and MEP systems.
  2. Recognize the importance of field verification in the drawing and construction processes. We will look at solutions made during both phases and discuss the importance of remaining flexible while preserving the design intent.
  3. Identify ways to improve the egress safety of an existing building.
  4. Specify effective design solutions to problems inherent in existing structures and site conditions.


This tour will be held virtually on Zoom.
Register to attend for free or to receive CE credit with a paid registration.



Randy Davis AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PMP, CDT, WELL AP - Architect - Nelsen Partners

Randy Davis moved from Maryland to Texas in 2018 to work for Nelsen Partners, Inc. as a Construction Administration Architect. A member of the AIA for 30 years and registered in TX, MD, DC, and VA, Randy holds credentials from USGBC as a LEED accredited professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction, from PMI as a Project Management Professional, from CSI as a Construction Documents Specialist, and from IWBI as a WELL accredited professional. As an architect focused on the construction phase of projects, she enjoys working with the entire project team to find creative solutions for project success. Whenever possible, Randy enjoys camping and hiking in Texas State Parks and beyond.   



Lindsay Abati, AIA – Architect – Nelsen Partners

Lindsay Abati is an Architect and Senior Project Manager at Nelsen Partners. Since joining Nelsen Partners in 2016, Lindsay has managed several of the firm’s mixed-use, multi-family and office projects, including The Colony and 1111 W. 6th Street. In addition to her architectural work, she is dedicated to developing the firm’s BIM program. Lindsay’s passion and architectural experience lie within the materialization of an idea into a tangible experience.


Lesha Blair, RA – Architect – Nelsen Partners

Lesha Blair is an architect at Nelsen Partners with experience in design, construction administration, and project management. Her problem solving abilities, strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail are essential to ensuring the quality of our projects. Her goal is to contribute her team-player attitude to your projects. Lesha will always strive to complete projects accurately, on schedule and within budget. Her project experience includes office, educational facilities, multi-family housing, and retail stores in addition to residential projects.


McConnell Bobo – Senior Project Designer – Nelsen Partners

McConnell Bobo joined Nelsen Partners in 2014 and has been involved in multiple mixed-use developments, multifamily, office, and international master-planning projects. In addition, he has headed the recent design efforts for Arbor Park, a 150 unit affordable multifamily project in Austin and 1111 West 6th St, a 130,000 sf commercial mixed-use building in downtown Austin, Texas. McConnell’s portfolio includes projects like Lake Walk Town Center, Arbor Park, 1111 West 6th St, The Colony, The Domain - Blocks D+G, and extensive work on Morocco Waterfront.


Sara Hamill, PE – Mechanical Engineer, EEA Consulting Engineers

Sara Hamill is Principal for EEA’s Light Commercial and Hospitality market sector. Her responsibilities include overseeing EEA’s hospitality, multi-family, light/mid-size commercial, and senior living markets. With over 14 years at EEA, Sara’s project experience consists of commercial office projects as well as retail retrofit and new construction projects with developers and architects. She has also engineered historic building projects, mid-rise buildings, spas, tech data centers, office parks boasting 250k+ sq. ft., apartment buildings and condominiums, public schools, and senior living facilities. She has served as Project Manager on a vast majority of these projects while also working on the electrical power and lighting design, including NEC load calculations, energy calculations, and lighting controls.


Kimberly Harding, PLA – Landscape Architect – dwg. 
Landscape Architecture is a bit like salt: an essential mineral used to enhance qualities of its object. Originally from the New Jersey shores of the Atlantic, Kim is plenty salty. Charmed by Austin’s weird culture, Kim re-routed her Manhattan-based career in architecture to practicing landscape architecture in Texas to help make Austin weirder. Kim is interested in how local ecologies can inform urban places, and how Landscape Architecture can synthesize cultural objectives with these local, natural systems to define urban ecology for evolving cities. With over 10 years of experience in architecture and design, Kim is versed in a range of project types from parks to towers to pocket parks.