This month, RVi celebrated the groundbreaking for one of our most exciting new projects – The Backyard.  Originally opened in 1993, The Backyard was a cherished live music venue set against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country.  Several years ago the venue closed for redevelopment, and is now emerging just down the road from the original site as a revamped mixed-use destination.

The Backyard will include two live music venues, a 125-room boutique hotel, office buildings, two data centers, an energy center, parking garages, parks, and much more.  The development aims to create its own electric micro-grid by burning natural gas in micro-turbines.

RVi has been hard at work the past few months designing the live music spaces, which include a large sunken amphitheater and smaller amphitheater for more intimate gatherings.  The area will be open to the public year-round, and features spaces for restaurants, a recording studio, bars, and restrooms.  Visitors will have a variety of different seating spaces to choose from, including a large dining deck, picnic tables, cocktail booths, and a large communal dining table.


The Backyard uncropped

Schematic Design sketch of live music venue at The Backyard


RVi is working with Steimbomer, Bramwell & Vrazel Architects on the project.  Additional team members for RVi’s scope of work include Stantec (civil engineering), Schuler Shook (theater consultant), Tom Green & Co Engineers (MEP engineering), JQ (structural engineering), Lightfaktor (lighting), BAi (acoustics), Counihan & Associates (food service), Austech (roofing), and HOAR Construction (general contractor).

Check out local coverage of the groundbreaking from KXAN News and CultureMap Austin.


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