Moody Center - University of Texas

As part of an innovative P3 (public-private partnership), Oak View Group and the University of Texas set out to build a world-class arena to bring the best performances and talent to Austin. The new multi-purpose venue not only hosts men’s and women’s basketball games, but is also equipped to attract top concert talent and host other events throughout the year.

Henderson Engineers was brought on to provide building systems design and Henderson Building Solutions was brought on to provide commissioning for this new 15,000-seat arena. The new arena and tailgating plaza, which sit across the street from the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, create an unrivaled gameday experience for Longhorns fans.

Using experience gained on a recent professional arena, Henderson designed a lower bowl mechanical system that supplies air from below seats, also known as positive displacement ventilation, the first of its kind in a collegiate arena. The arena design also includes an operable closure system which mechanically lowers to close off the upper bowl for a more intimate setting.

A modern addition to the UT Austin campus, Moody Center is sure to be home to both timeless traditions as well as some new ones.


Austin, TX

Project Size

Approx. 465,000 SF


Commissioning, Electrical, Fire & Life Safety, Mechanical, Plumbing


2023 Project of the Year, ACM Arena of the Year, 2023 Design Award of Merit, 2023 Architizer A+ Awards - Finalist, Stadium & Arena

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