Renovation of Co-op Into Public Space

Cotton Gin at the Co-op District

IMEG provided engineering design and services for the repurposing of two former cotton gin structures owned by the City of Hutto, near Austin, Texas. The 70-year-old structures were deconstructed and reassembled into one new, 7,800-sf building, mixing the existing materials with new to make a structurally-sound event facility for public and private use.


The new facility was designed to imitate the 1940s style of the original metal buildings, but the modernized structure is made of repaired and reinforced materials (that comply with current codes). The repurposed building is now used for city events, farmers’ markets, and weddings.


IMEG provided design services for the $985,000 project, which had significant sustainable design goals. The building’s sustainable features include recycled materials, industrial fans, and high-efficiency lighting.


The Cotton Gin received multiple awards, including ENR’s Best of the Best Projects 2016 in the Renovation/Restoration category, an ENR Texas & Louisiana 2016 Best Project Award, a 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture, as well as an AIA Austin Design Award and Texas Society of Architects Design Award.



Hutto, TX



6,500 SF new



Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing