The Austonian

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The Austonian
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The Austonian
Record height
Tallest in Austin since 2009[I]
Preceded by360 Condominiums
General information
StatusComplete
TypeResidential[1]
Location200 North Congress Avenue
Austin
Coordinates30°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 startedAugust 31, 2007[1]
Completed2010[1]
OpeningJune 2010[1]
CostApprox. $250 million[2]
OwnerBenchmark Development
Height
Antenna spire683 ft (208 m)[1]
Roof622 ft (190 m)[1]
Top floor607 ft (185 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count56[1]
Floor area590,870 square feet (54,890 m2)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectZiegler Cooper Architects[1]
DeveloperBenchmark Land Development[1]
Structural engineerCBM Engineers [3]
Main contractorBalfour Beatty Construction [3]

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.[4] It is also the tallest building in Texas outside of Houston and Dallas, and the tallest all-residential building in North America west of the Mississippi.[5]

History[edit]

The Austonian's groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 31, 2007.[6] On June 4, 2009, the 47th floor of the Austonian was poured, meaning the Austonian surpassed the Frost Bank Tower to become the second-tallest building in Austin, Texas.[7] On July 1, 2009, The Austonian overtook 360 Condominiums to become the tallest residential building in Austin.[8] The building's exterior was finished 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]

In 2015, after a number of concrete spalls had fallen from balconies, it was discovered that the balconies had not been constructed properly - that water was able to get into the steel rebar, causing them to rust and expand, due to the steel rebar being too close to the outside edge of the concrete slab. Repairs were estimated to cost in excess of $13 million. [12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Austonian". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  2. ^ "The Austonian". Downtown Austin Blog. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Construction and Development Team". Theaustonian.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  4. ^ "The Austonian". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  5. ^ "Austonian Proceeds: To be Tallest Residential Building West of Mississippi". Austintowers.net. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  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. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. 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. Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
  12. ^ Cargile, Erin (19 November 2018). "Balconies repaired after concrete falls off one of Austin's tallest buildings". Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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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