The Austonian

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The Austonian
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The Austonian
Record height
Tallest in Austin since 2009[I]
Preceded by 360 Condominiums
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential[1]
Location 200 North Congress Avenue
Austin
Coordinates 30°15′53″N 97°44′40″W / 30.264781°N 97.744461°W / 30.264781; -97.744461Coordinates: 30°15′53″N 97°44′40″W / 30.264781°N 97.744461°W / 30.264781; -97.744461
Construction started August 31, 2007[1]
Completed 2010[1]
Opening June 2010[1]
Owner Moreland Properties [2]
Height
Antenna spire 683 ft (208 m)[1]
Roof 622 ft (190 m)[1]
Top floor 607 ft (185 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 56[1]
Floor area 590,870 square feet (54,890 m2)[1]
Design and construction
Architect Ziegler Cooper Architects[1]
Developer Benchmark Land Development[1]
Structural engineer CBM Engineers [2]
Main contractor Balfour Beatty Construction [2]

The Austonian is a residential skyscraper in Downtown Austin, Texas, USA. At 683 feet (208 m) tall with 56 floors, the building is the tallest in Austin, overtaking the 360 Condominiums.[3] The tower is also the tallest, all-residential building in North America-west of the Mississippi.[4] The 53rd floor was taller than the previous tallest, 360 Condominiums.

History[edit]

The Austonian was originally proposed in 2006 as a $200 million 700 ft (213 m) tall building by Benchmark Land Development and part of a construction boom during the time.[5] Eventually, the building was pushed down to 683 ft (208 m) in 2007. The building started its groundbreaking ceremony on August 31, 2007.[6] Soon after on June 4, 2009, the 47th floor of the Austonian was poured, meaning the Austonian surpassed the Frost Bank Tower to become the 2nd tallest building in Austin, Texas.[7] On July 1, 2009, The Austonian overtook 360 Condominiums to become the tallest residential building in Austin.[8] Eventually, the building finished the exterior in 2010, a period of almost 2.5 years since its groundbreaking.[9] The Austonian opened to host the 2010 Women's Symphony League Designer Showhouse the weekend of May 15–16, 2010. The Showhouse was the last opportunity for the public to see the property before residents began moving in the building in June 2010.[10] The Austonian received a Four Star rating from Austin Energy Green Building in November 2010, making it the only residential high rise building in Downtown Austin to receive such a rating.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Austonian". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Construction and Development Team". Theaustonian.com. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  3. ^ "The Austonian". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Austonian Proceeds: To be Tallest Residential Building West of Mississippi". Austintowers.net. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Is this the Future Austin Skyline?". Austintowers.net. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  6. ^ "The Austin Skyline Is About to Change". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Downtown Austin: The Ties That Bind". Typepad.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  8. ^ "The Austonian Becomes the Tallest Building in Austin". Pitchengine.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  9. ^ "The Austonian Tower Exterior is Complete". Typepad.com. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Women’s Symphony Leaguer Designer Showhouse at The Austonian Raises Money for Austin Symphony Music Education Programs for Children". Typepad.com. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  11. ^ "Austin high-rise wins 'green' award". kxan.com. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 

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Preceded by
Austin 360 Condominiums Tower
Tallest building in Austin
2009–present
208 m
Succeeded by
Present
Preceded by
Tower of the Americas, San Antonio
Tallest building in Texas outside of Dallas and Houston
2009–present
208 m
Succeeded by
Present