Mexican Consulate Offices

CasaBella Architects assisted the Mexican Consulate of Austin in finding a new home after their existing  facility could no longer meet the needs of the public. Assessments were made of more than 12 properties, and finally an old typesetting facility in West Downtown was found that met all the needs of the Mexican government, as well as adjacent neighbors.

The existing three-story building's original use was industrial in nature and did not meet current codes for office use. Compounding the challenge to reuse this structure was the need to build an elevator in the central core of the building for ADA compliance.

The building owner performed all demolition of walls and ceilings, as well as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. At the completion of this work, CasaBella was authorized to begin design of the new 16,000 sf space 90 days before mandatory move-in. The initial strategy was to obtain three separate building permits, allowing the contractor to being construction of the elevator shaft and interior walls. CasaBella ensured the formal building permit was issued with 45 days left for construction, in time to begin City inspections and not adversely affect the schedule.

This major renovation included: All new interiors, ADA restrooms, electrical/plumbing/mechanical systems, elevator, and roof. Partnering between the building owner, the Mexican Consulate, City inspectors, and the general contractor, the architect was paramount to the success of the project. An example of this was the coordination of final inspections while move-in and final clean-up took place simultaneously.