Originally Posted by gmsalpha
Is anyone else annoyed by the way buildings are being named these days with the address? Or starting with a number? When I browse around a national hi-rise condo website and click around different cities' properties, it's almost always going to be the case that the buildings that start with a number are the newer buildings. Perhaps a lot of the best condo names have been taken and they want to avoid confusion? Or perhaps they're lazy? Or maybe they simply think it sounds fancy?
It's just some trendy way of doing it. I'm actually less annoyed by this building's name than one with some made up word or one that means something totally unrelated, but looks/sounds cool. Austin has a few of those already, but I'll not mention them.
Originally Posted by TGBinSD
i don't doubt this, but why does ssp say that austin only has 82, or something around there, skyscrapers?
Most of those buildings were added by editors here at SkyscraperPage. It probably hasn't been updated for a while. I've been without a computer for the better part of 8 months since our old one quit working, so I wasn't able to do anything really. I do recognize that number from way back, so it just hasn't been updated. And plus, Austin has had so much development both proposed and construction that it's hard for anyone not living here to keep up with it. I really need to update it. I've been sprinting the last few weeks just to play catch up and get things updated. I've also got hundreds (thousands?) of photos to go through and post eventually. Probably 2 dozen photo threads I bet.
One other reason for the difference in numbers between sources is that certain organizations (this website vs others), use a different criteria for measuring/determining what is a highrise. Some say 115 feet, some say 120, 125 or even 150 feet. And some say 10 floors or 12 or 15. It also depends on the city. A 500 foot building in Austin is quite a tall building, but in a place like New York it would go unnoticed. Even The Austonian would get lost in the crowd there. The biggest skyscraper cities in the world have thousands, not hundreds of highrises.
The actual number of highrises that Austin has is somewhere around 143. Traditionally 115 feet is what is considered to be a highrise. It's really just some arbitrary number that someone came up with to say "hey, this is a highrise vs a lowrise."
I have building heights for 132 completed buildings in Austin that are above 115 feet tall. It's taken me about 15 years to gather those heights.
There are 9 more buildings under construction now that I either have heights for proving that it's a highrise, or where it's known (over 10 or 12 floors), or assumed/estimated.
There's also at least three more buildings that I've estimated are highrises, but that I don't have heights for. These three buildings are two with 10 floors, and one has 9 floors.
So I know of 144 buildings in Austin that are at least 115 feet tall, either confirmed or estimated.