Teacher Retirement System of Texas buys office property in Austin

Teacher Retirement System of Texas buys office property in Austin
The Alpha Building

Shorenstein Properties has sold the Alpha Building to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Alpha Building is located north of downtown Austin in Mueller, a 750-acre, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use community that provides a vibrant live-work-play environment alongside Austin’s premier restaurants, retail and entertainment venues.

Situated at the heart of the Mueller Business District, the Alpha Building is six stories and contains approximately 210,000 square feet of office space. Designed by Page Sutherland Page, the Property features large 35,000-50,000 square foot floor plates, tall 14-foot ceiling heights and outdoor spaces on each floor of the building, including an expansive landscaped courtyard at the ground level.  

The Alpha Building is the first of four buildings that Shorenstein has planned in the Mueller Business District that will total approximately 800,000 square feet.  The next building Shorenstein will develop is the Bravo Building, a 250,000 square foot office building that TRS has committed to along with the Alpha Building. 

Teacher Retirement System of Texas plans to relocate its headquarters by moving select divisions to the Alpha Building in the spring of 2023 and the remainder of its staff to the Bravo Building upon completion in 2024, reuniting its investment team with the remainder of the agency.

“We are thrilled to partner with TRS on their headquarter campus at Mueller,” said Colby Wick, Managing Director at Shorenstein. “Mueller marries urban-style retail and entertainment with a lower density neighborhood setting that includes generous parks and outdoor spaces – a compelling combination for companies returning to the office post-pandemic.  We’re confident TRS has made the right decision and will enjoy calling Mueller home.”

“TRS looks forward to serving members in our new Austin location. The campus in the Mueller development ensures the System’s growing membership will have improved access to counseling staff and other services outside busy downtown Austin,” said Brian Guthrie, Executive Director of TRS.

“TRS is beginning a new chapter, and this transaction will generate a positive, long-lasting impact for the System’s members,” said Troy Holme, Executive Vice President at CBRE. “The search was long and carefully considered, but the right opportunity materialized at Mueller that will allow the System to best serve its membership of educators throughout Texas.”  

Shorenstein is currently planning its next two buildings at Mueller, known as the Charlie and Delta Buildings, which will contain approximately 350,000 square feet when they deliver in 2024.  Shorenstein has invested in Austin since 2013, when it developed the first of three office buildings at the Domain in Northwest Austin.