From the Independent thread:
Originally Posted by paul78701
Upon further thought about supertalls. The first two buildings on this page are listed as supertall at 57 and 61 stories respectively. So a 72 story tower in Austin could very well be built as a supertall.
Any office building that is 65+ stories with a small crown is likely going to be a supertall.
Let's consider Oracle's campus, currently under construction at 560k sq. ft (larger than Frost's 525k) and is expected to house some of the current local workforce (~1100) and all of the increase (~500). Translate this to Merck's announcement of a ~600 person workforce: this is HUGE for prospective office buildings in that area. Because of the CVCs, whatever building they occupy is likely going to go tall. 40 stories at least. However, they'd be a single tenant and there's no reason that a developer wouldn't build additional office space for other tenants. If this ends up being part of the Brackenridge development, I expect they'll simply get one of the parcels to themselves and the other office buildings take up the additional built space over time. If this ends up NOT being part of that series of developments, I expect that the office space will be even larger to accommodate other firms in the same building (maybe 50, 60 stories). Either of these fits their stated strategy to locate near collaborative institutions, I'd argue.
Of course, using the number of workers to estimate the size of a building is going to be imprecise. That being said, whatever we see come of this is going to be fun to watch.