Event WiA Site Tour - Moody Center

August 17, 2022 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Moody Center
2001 Robert Dedman Dr
78712 Austin , TX


Join the Women in Architecture for the Site Tour of the new UT Moody Center led by members of the project team from Gensler.

View the Moody Center Fact Sheet here.

The Moody Center is a 529,000 SF arena with 15,000+ seating capacity that hosts NCAA basketball games and other special events with an emphasis on live music. It includes 2,000 premium seats, 57 loge boxes, 45 suites and 3 premium clubs. The Moody Center is replacing the 45 year old Frank Erwin Events Center and we will be comparing and contrasting the different design approaches, including the use of an outward facing 360 degree glazed façade at the Moody which contrasts with the heavy, concrete drum, that is very inward focused at the Erwin Center. During this tour, David Lynch, Principal & Architect; Adrienne Perlman, Associate & Technical Designer; Christine Briseno, Registered Interior Designer and Maria Perez, Senior Associate & Sustainable Design Director will discuss the public, private partnership between all the stakeholders and how they merged their resources to create this on-of-a-kind venue. The design team will discuss the specific constraints of the site and what the outcome was in terms of the form of the building. How it interacts with the site and provides a newly activated plaza space that can be used by all the sports facilities around it for tailgating, food trucks and live music all year round. This new gathering space creates an immersive experience as soon as fans arrive. We will also explore and experience the dramatic height difference from the East to the West which includes a height change of about 40 feet. Special technical considerations : • This tour will analyze the use of structural steel to the long span roof structure and large roof cantilevers. The large cantilevered roof overhangs create shaded views of the UT campus, downtown Austin and the Capitol. • We will explore the use of an innovative , PDV system to condition the space. The Moody Center is the first college venue to implement this Positive Displacement Ventilation system within the seating bowl which results in less energy required for the cooling of the bowl and a higher air quality for patrons. • We will discuss all of the elements used to create an acoustically robust building that is closer to a performing arts center than a basketball arena. • We will also identify and explain the use of our innovative operable panels that can cover up the entire upper concourse of seating for smaller shows, allowing for flexibility and intimacy not typical among other areana’s. • We will address many of the issues that contributed to our sustainable ethos and our LEED submission, including the 360 degree glass façade and use of approximately 400 anodized aluminum fins, which function as solar shades on the exterior of the building.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the stakeholders in this unique partnership and understand how the University of Texas at Austin got a state-of-the-art arena for free.
  2. Describe the building systems required for a large basketball arena and events space including energy efficiency, views, reduced heat gain, solar shading and water savings. They will also learn how using a central utilities plant on the UT campus contributes to the overall energy efficiency of the project.
  3. Discuss the design team coordination efforts that took place between the design team and the 14 consultants used on the project.
  4. Identify building design strategies and approaches used to facilitate a fully functional special events venue while accommodating code requirements and accessibility issues.

2 LU/HSW (pending)




Christine Briseno, RID, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP ID+C

Christine has 25 years of experience in corporate interiors. She is detailed, methodical, and committed to creating the best design solution for every project she is involved in.
Christine is known by her colleagues as kind, encouraging, and detail oriented. She uses her blend of technical architecture, technical interior design, and creative skills to deliver an incredible project for the client and team.
Christine is equally comfortable working on small workplace interiors projects as she is working on massive and complex challenges like a new airport terminal. On every project she undertakes, she is passionate about exceeding clients' goals and expectations in design and budget. She continuously motivates her team to bring the best out of everyone in pursuit of the best design solution.


David C. Lynch, LEED AP – BD+C, RA, RID
Studio Director, Principal

An award-winning architect with more than 30 years of experience, David provides valuable project management and technical oversight to project rteams.
David has grown his career in California and Texas, beginning in the Bay Area after graduating from University of California, Berkeley, until he moved to Austin in 1996. His vast experience includes a variety of corporate office, mixed-use, hospitality, multy-family residential, institutional, adaptive reuse, and historic renovation projects with clients such as IBM, Dell, YMCA, and Hyatt.
Since joining Gensler, David has established himself as a highly sought-after resource within the Austin office. He is a wealth of information which is particularly evident in his understanding of the practical impicationns of design decisions.


Maria Perez, CDT, LEED AP - BD+C, ID+C, ND, O+M, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador
Design Resilience Leader, Senior Associate

Maria is a Design Resilience Leader for Gensler’s South Central region and Director of Sustainable Design, based in Gensler’s Houston office. She serves as one of the firm’s leading sustainability ambassadors, promoting resilience, wellness, performance-based design, climate action, and our Gensler GC3 goals.
Maria has led sustainable design efforts for more than 100 million square feet of space, including a net zero project and more than 7 million square feet of LEED Platinum projects. One of her prime directives is to facilitate third-party certification efforts with project teams for complex facilities, campuses, and corporate projects. Maria’s experience in architectural design, interior design, and planning contribute to her holistic approach and understanding of sustainability at various levels.


Adrienne Perlman, Assoc. AIA

Adienne is an Associate at Gensler and most recently worked on the 5 star Post Oak Hotel in Houston, was a member of an all-woman team at ABIA Terminal Expansion and Improvement project, and was an integral team member on the innovative Moody Center at UT Austin. Focused on sustainability, she brings a wealth of knowledge to LEED projects and is committed to Gensler's G3C promise to eliminate all greenhouse gas emmissions associated with the built environment by 2030. She is a proven leader, self-motivated worker and proud problem solver. Adrienne is also an accompilshed team player who contributes to all aspects of a project from marketing, client procurement, design development all the way through CA. Her practice areas include senior living, mixed use, retail, residential, institutional, hospitality, aviation, and sports.