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Bringing New Life to a Historic Electrical Substation at Sparky Park

Posted in In Progress by Kristie
May 1, 2013

Sparky Park Rendering

Originally an electrical substation, this decommissioned tract in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood was recently transformed into a small pocket park. Due to the neighborhood’s strong advocacy for the park’s development, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department agreed to commission the project. Renamed Sparky Park, the site was recently opened up for the use of the neighborhood. The site contains a gem of a building. The actual substation building, built in the 1930s, has been historically preserved with the exception of one of the four walls which was moved and replaced at a later date. This wall now presents an opportunity for renovations which will allow the neighborhood to use this historic structure. The Parks Department has been holding neighborhood meetings and giving the community an opportunity to express their ideas regarding how this building should be used. Outdoor movies, art shows, theatrical performances, neighborhood meetings, and other special events have been suggested.


h+uo was brought onto the project by the City of Austin Parks Department to create and develop a feasibility study tasked with determining possible uses for the space as well as a proposed design. h+uo’s Tom Hatch proposed to the neighborhood last week a design that suggests opening up a wide swath of the non-historic east wall and inserting a large folding glass door system. This new opening would facilitate easy transitions from inside to out for people attending functions at the building and would have a pull-down projection screen for movies in the park. h+uo is also proposing repurposing steel bases for the columns holding up a new awning which will stretch out over the area outside the new doors. A new bathroom and kitchenette added to the building, along with the wall replacement, will provide many opportunities for the community to activate this new-old park structure.


Audrey Kelly Boutique in Westlake Now Open

Posted in Company News by Kristie
April 24, 2013


Audrey Kelly Boutique After months of tenant improvements, the Audrey Kelly Boutique in Davenport Village opened in March 2013! h+uo Architect, Randall Owen, collaborated with Meredith Owen of Bravo Interior Design to transform the space into the elegant and sophisticated boutique envisioned by Audrey Kelly Owner, Johanna Vernick.

Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn

Inspired by star lights Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, the boutique captures the essence of timeless beauty. The boutique sells gifts and home accents to add a classic touch, including: toys, stationary, jewelry, tea sets, and other trinkets.




Goddard School Building Expansion Close to Completion

Posted in In Progress by Kristie
April 17, 2013


Due to the increasing number of students, the Goddard School made the strategic decision to expand their building. In order to complement the existing structure, h+uo’s Erik Ulland used a craftsman style, including: a low-pitched gabled roof, wooden brackets supporting metal window awnings, and the use of wood and stone building materials on the facade. The expansion also includes a tower where owner, Ryan Rastelli’s office resides.

Goddard in Progress

Ulland successfully overcame the challenges of having to work with existing grades, as well as working around tight sight constraints with existing sloping conditions.

About Goddard School

The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Our talented teachers also collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.


The Jeremiah Program is Coming to Austin!

Posted in In Progress by Kristie
April 10, 2013

The architecturally unique prospect housing offered by the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, Heart House, and the very progressive Jeremiah Program, will prove to be the social hub of Austin’s most successful net-zero development, as well as a welcome home for many in need.

Originally founded in Minneapolis, the Jeremiah Program is expanding into Austin, providing single mothers and their children with the support and tools they need to overcome poverty and succeed. The Jeremiah Program accommodates families with transitional housing, early childhood education, life skills training, and support for career-track education. h+uo architects were selected as the designers for the Austin center.

The project has been approved for the construction documentation phase and is being led by h+uo Senior Partner, Tom Hatch.

About Jeremiah Program

The Jeremiah Program simultaneously prepares single mothers to succeed in the workforce and readies children to succeed academically, reducing generational dependence on public assistance. The program currently has two operational sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, serving 300 women and children at any given time. In addition to expansion in Austin, the Jeremiah Program is also looking into expanding in Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN.


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