2020 Spring Conference Field Trips 

Field Trip 1: Waller Creek Tour | Sunday, March 22 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM - $25.00


LIMITED TO 25 ATTENDEES! Stretching from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake, the Waller Creek Tunnel helps reduce the risk of flooding in downtown Austin. The 5,600-ft long tunnel lies 70-ft below ground and features a variable diameter between 22-ft and 27-ft. The tour promises to be both informative and interesting, but is restricted to the first 25 registrants. All participants will be required to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended.

Since the tunnel is below the level of Lady Bird Lake, it is constantly filled with 21.5 million gallons of water. Benefits of the tunnel include: a reduced flood risk to buildings and roads; revitalization of the Waller Creek District; reinvestment in parks and trails; improved water quality and wildlife habitat in and along Waller Creek; and provides a constant flow of water in the creek. The Waller Creek Tunnel is operated by the City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department.

12:30 PM - Bus departs Doubletree by Hilton
12:45 PM - Drop off at Waller Creek Tunnel
3:15 PM - Depart Waller Creek Tunnel for Doubletree by Hilton

Field Trip 2: Austin Central Library Green Building Tour | Sunday, March 22 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - $25.00


LIMITED TO 20 ATTENDEES! This tour covers the solar, LEED and rainwater harvesting aspects of this building, which was named one of Time Magazine's greatest places of 2018. At the Austin Central Library, which opened in 2017, the books—500,000 in total—are just the beginning of the story. There’s also an art gallery, an event space, a rooftop butterfly garden, a series of group-study rooms, a café, and a “technology petting zoo,” which enables visitors to learn about next-generation gadgets. 

The building itself—which centers around a six-story, sun-drenched atrium—is cutting-edge too. (It provides the most daylighting of any public library in the country!) In July 2018, it earned a Platinum LEED certification for its sustainable design, which includes the largest single-building solar array in downtown Austin (yielding a 43% net energy reduction), and a cistern on the roof that pipes rainwater to the bathrooms contributing to the 93% reduction of indoor potable water usage.

2:30 PM - Bus departs Doubletree by Hilton
2:45 PM - Arrive at Austin Central Library Green Building
5:15 PM - Depart Library for Doubletree by Hilton


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