The juxtaposition of new and old tells a story in Austin, Texas. Gleaming glass-faced skyscrapers like the Indeed and Frost Bank towers soar above low-slung 19th century brick structures, many featuring historical markers, others bearing some of the city’s numerous colorful murals.

Embracing the new while preserving its past has been a hallmark of Austin’s emergence as one of America’s fastest-growing cities and the new Moody Center arena on the sprawling, oak-lined University of Texas campus aims to strike a similar balance.

The new home of UT men’s and women’s NCAA Division I basketball, the 15,000-capacity-plus Moody Center will replace 45-year-old Frank C. Erwin Jr. Events Center, the facility known affectionately as The Drum for its cylindrical, windowless exterior design.

…Gensler designed the $375 million Moody Center (see page 22), AECOM Hunt built it and Walter P Moore was the structural engineer. CAA ICON served as owner’s representative.

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