The Long Center is a multi-venue performance facility constructed within the frame of the old Palmer Auditorium, a public icon originally built in 1959. The best assets of the old building, its stage house, mezzanines, main floor, and basement form the cradle for the new 2400-seat Dell Foundation Hall and 240-seat Rollins Studio Theater. The original dome has been removed, revealing the perimeter ring beam and a colonnade, creating The City Terrace, a new public plaza affording unobstructed views of the Downtown Skyline across Lady Bird Lake. Today, this project serves as a civic icon for the City of Austin.

  • Services: Design Architect
  • Client: The Long Center
  • Status: Completed
  • Year: 2008
  • Scope: 168,000 SF
Over 97% of the 44 million pounds of material removed during construction was reused or recycled.

Press + Awards


AIA – Austin Chapter – Design Award

Nelsen Partners / Jerry Hayes


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