Award-Winning Architecture Firm Chosen to Transform Dell Jewish Community Campus
Courtyard Town Square
By Tonyia Cone
Shalom Austin Generations Campaign named The Beck Group, an award-winning design and construction firm, to expand and renovate the Dell Jewish Community Campus, home of the Jewish Community Center and three synagogue communities in Northwest Austin. Garza EMC was named the project’s civil engineer.
Shalom Austin CEO Rabbi Daniel Septimus said, “We are proud to hire such esteemed architects and civil engineers to build Jewish Austin’s future. Together with Beck and Garza EMC, the Generations Campaign leadership team ably led by Judy Waxman and Keith Zimmerman, we can realize our shared vision.”
David Ferdman, Generations Campaign building committee co-chair, said, “We are so excited to take this next step in the process of expanding and renovating our campus. Our committee did its due diligence by creating a master plan that not only serves the community where it is today, but will continue to serve generations to come.”
Headquartered in Dallas, Beck’s Austin office was established in 2009. Beck provides both design and construction services with additional offices in Atlanta, Denver, Fort Worth, Mexico City and Tampa. Beck is known locally for its work at the Domain, 500 West 2nd Street (Google’s downtown office), the Thinkery, UT Dell Medical School Health Learning Building, and the W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower at the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Beck also expanded and renovated the Temple Emanu-El campus in Dallas. Current Beck projects include the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa expansion in Austin and the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Beck team on the Generations Campaign project includes Bryan Jones, principal in charge; Brian Miller, design principal; Andy Kennedy, project architect; Mark Olsen, project architect; Matthew Dubin, project designer; Ryan Therrell, director of client services; and Erin Bettison, marketing manager.
Daniel Carl, Generations Campaign building committee co-chair, said, “Hiring Beck for this project was the result of a major selection process. Their design team's experience meshed extremely well with our specific needs and goals. Through extensive conversations they were able to give our team confidence that they would create new and updated functional spaces that we will be proud of. Our committee is confident that the collaboration between Beck and Shalom Austin will result in a campus where generations of Austinites will continue to want to play, learn and gather.”
Consultants with specific areas of expertise will also work on the project. They are Elliott Doerle, BG Landscape Architecture; and Morgan Stinson, EEA Consulting Engineers.
“Our design approach for this unique project focuses on blurring the lines between inside and outside,” said Brian Miller, architecture principal at Beck. “Our vision for the Dell Jewish Community Campus property is really trying to make connections. It's a great campus. We're really excited about this project and the deeper meaning for the people that are members of the organization.”
After an extensive bidding process, Generations Campaign leaders named Garza EMC the project’s civil engineer.
“Garza was the one that seemed to align the strongest and most impactful, in total partnership with our vision,” said Corey Schwartz, Shalom Austin chief operating officer.
Schwartz explained that Garza, a respected firm in Austin and Central Texas, was selected because key staff members were instrumental in the initial build-out of the Dell Jewish Community Campus. ■