Eye Physicians of Austin

Parking lot entrance for the Eye Physicians of Austin building

Cardno provided structural engineering services for the Eye Physicians of Austin, working with the design team to replace the company’s aging office with a 2-story modern, edgy office building with retail on the ground floor.

Eye Physicians of Austin is a 21,500 sf office building with ground floor retail. The owners wanted to replace their aging office with a modern building with an engaging street presence. 

The new building is a wedge-shaped structure rounded out toward the street, giving storefronts more prominence. To draw attention to the two entries for the ophthalmologists’ office, a flat roof is folded down at opposite ends, creating two canopies.

The larger canopy serves as a porte cochere that extends 37 feet from the building to an exterior concrete column supporting a galvanized steel “tree,” and cantilevers an additional 12 feet.

The smaller canopy is a dramatic floating roof over the pedestrian entrance, supported by a similar “tree” with a concrete column trunk and galvanized branches. 

Street view of the Eye Physicians of Austin building with signage

The exterior materials – limestone, brick, and glass – are punctuated with galvanized exposed structural steel used for sunshades over the windows and as edging around the canopies. An exposed galvanized channel is used in the front façade to separate the glass façade of the first floor from the brick façade of the second floor.

Because the channel is part of the building envelope, Cardno worked closely with the architect to ensure all connection details met both structural and architectural requirements for safety, building waterproofing, and aesthetics.

Exterior structural connections are exposed, making coordination with the steel fabricator critical.