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Austin Oaks Computational Studies

Sun-shading design costs at the touch of a button

  • 10

    Buildings

  • 919K

    Square Feet Gross Building Area

  • $250M

    Construction Value

  • Austin, Texas

    Austin, Texas

A digital tool that combines the best of integrated design and automation to find exciting, cost-effective solutions

Originally a 12-building corporate office park, Austin Oaks will include a multi-building commercial and mixed-use development. Our job? To provide cost-efficient office buildings—in both form and cladding. But we were limited by the pre-existing zoning requirements that dictated every building’s size and footprint. 

As simple rectangle forms with typical curtain wall envelopes, the building work left little latitude for design innovation. However, designing for solar heat gain gave us the opportunity to economically introduce design elements—and a design tool developed by our Innovative Technology team helped verify that the elements were functional and cost-effective. Design exploration through Dynamo, a algorithmic modeling platform for Autodesk Revit, was used to automate the modeling of various configurations.  

The design tool had to be developed from scratch based on project needs, but its application can be applied to many different project types. On this project, it let us change the aesthetic properties of the sun shades and immediately see the cost implications. Plus, by off-loading repetitive tasks to the computer, the design team had more time to study the challenge and develop better solutions, adding some creativity to the Austin Oaks redevelopment.

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  • Spire Realty

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  • Buildings Digital Practice

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