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AFS is positioned to expand Austin Studios’ space offerings further through major initiatives in partnership with the City of Austin. First, City of Austin voters approved a $5.4 Million bond package in November 2012, which will help renovate Austin Studios’ facilities into more productive space. Second, Austin Studios recently extended its space portfolio through the acceptance of the 75,000 square foot former National Guard Amory Building (NGB). Additionally, AFS will receive Google Fiber through the Community Connect program, making Austin Studios a hotspot for digital and convergent media production.

AFS’ vision is to transform the NGB into a Creative Media Hub that consolidates many of the small business tenant and AFS office spaces under one roof. The Creative Media Hub is envisioned as a collaborative and dynamic home for film and creative media makers, crew members and film lovers. The long-range goal is for the Creative Media Hub to feature space for anchor tenants, small business suites and AFS offices, a shared lobby, a 70-80 seat screening room, multi-purpose conference rooms and meeting rooms, a co-working center and artist incubator, and a cafe and break room/crew lounge.


November 6, 2012

Bond Funding Approved

Voters approve $5.4 million to increase the amount of square footage available for creative media production and add office space for artists and small businesses.

December 2012 - January 2014

Creative Placemaking Project

A grant from the NEA funds planning process for "public face," i.e. non-private spaces for tenants, users and visitors.

December 2012 - January 2013

Workshops / Symposia: Visioning

Visioning and feedback: artists' needs, education, short-term vs long-term production

March 1, 2013

Acquisition of the National Guard Armory

AFS receives the keys to the former National Guard Armory, adding 73,000 square feet of space in need of rehabilitation

March 7, 2013

The 13th Annual Texas Film Awards

Held in a former helicopter repair bay, now Stage 7, the event celebrates Texas icons in film and television and offers 800 supporters a first look at the future creative media hub.

March 2013 - August 2013

Preliminary Space Programming

Placeholders and pro forma created for minimum / maximum spaces for each use

May 2013

Site Visits

Visits made to the Jacob Burns Center, Museum of the Moving Image,  IFP Made in New York Media Center, and General Assembly to research and study successful creative media hubs.

October 23, 2013

Workshops / Symposia: Design Charrettes

Neighborhood representatives, filmmakers, AFS Board members, AFS staff and architects co-create public face design options.

October 26, 2013

Charrette Presentation

Presentation to the public sharing design options for the public face of the creative media hub.

First half of 2014

Design Team Selection

Procurement process for design team conducted, once bond contribution agreement is finalized.

First four months of 2014

Anchor Tenant Selection

Through requests for proposals, anchor tenant(s) are identified and selected through a structured evaluation process.

Q2 of 2014 - Q4 of 2014

Design Phase

Architects work to craft final blueprints and building plans for the Austin Studios Creative Hub.

End 2014 / Beginning 2015

City Council Approval of Design Package

The plan under the contribution agreement will be presented to City Council.


Construction Phase

Groundbreaking for remodeling and new construction of National Guard building


Grand Opening!