Over the past year, RVi has been engaged with the City of Austin to develop a master plan for expansion and renovation of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), located in northeast Austin. This facility is an epicenter of cultural activity for the local Asian community and hosts a wide range of services and events, from large festivals to educational sessions to services such as tax preparation. By its very nature, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is incredibly diverse and is the fastest growing ethnic group in Austin. The community outgrew its space long ago and is very excited to participate in the creation of an expanded space that will serve its current and future needs.

The City of Austin hosted a series of community meetings for the project. Working with the City and our team members Studio8 Architects and Dunaway|UDG, RVi gathered valuable input from the user group. The team then created a phased approach to expansion and renovation of the facility, which includes repairs/modifications to the existing AARC, as well as a new performing arts center, additional classrooms, support spaces, and community-focused outdoor areas. The new performing arts center will be situated across from the existing facility, creating a large outdoor courtyard space capable of hosting large festivals and other community events. The new building will also create a more significant presence for the AARC along Cameron Road with a newly-defined entrance and signage. Future phases will include more classrooms and enhanced outdoor areas, including opening up views to Little Walnut Creek which runs along the site.

With the master plan now complete and adopted by City Council, we are looking forward to seeing these improvements come to life in order to better serve the local Asian American community.