The Hutto Cotton and Grain Co-op served the once primarily farming community of Hutto, Texas from 1937 until its closure in 2003. After the City of Hutto purchased the Co-op site to establish a new civic district for the community, the Cotton Gin at the CO-OP adaptive re-use became the first project completed from the city’s 2012 master plan. Preserving an icon of the community’s agricultural heritage, the design objective was to transform the Cotton Gin into a multi-purpose, flexible, open-air event space while maintaining the building’s character and landmark status. The two original cotton gins were selectively deconstructed, and portions were recycled or re-used to create a single space. Perforated stainless steel was chosen as the exterior siding material for the south façade to diffuse the ever-changing natural light throughout the day, and to offer transparency at night.
2017 National AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture
2016 Texas Society of Architects Design Award
2016 AIA Austin Design Award
2016 Engineering News Record - Best of the Best Projects
2016 Architect’s Newspaper Best Design Award for Adaptive Restoration
2016 Engineering News Record Texas/Louisiana Regional Best Project Winner
2016 Associated Builders & Contractors - Central Texas - Construction Award