This tower is being planned for the former site of the Austin Energy Control Center on the block
that is west of 360 Condominiums.
360 Condos is Austin's current 2nd tallest at 581 feet to the spire with 44 floors. The Austonian is 683 feet with 56 floors. The 50th floor of the Austonian is at 558 feet 11 inches. 360 only has 44 floors and is 480 feet to the roof. Calculating from the building elevations I have for 360, if it were to have 50 floors its roof would be at 543 feet. Considering this tower will have 120,000 square feet of office space, those office floors will be higher than the condo floors which will push its height closer to 600 feet and might even exceed that height depending on what the roof looks like.
We've known about this site having a major development planned there for years, but this is the first time anything specific has been published.
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Posted: 11:44 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
New planned downtown tower could be Austin’s second-tallest building
By Shonda Novak
The building, which could soar 50 stories and possibly higher, is planned for a 1.7-acre site at Third Street and West Avenue, just east of the former Seaholm Power Plant that is undergoing a major transformation. The new tower is expected to have 400 condominium units, up to 120,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, said the developers, Perry Lorenz and Larry Warshaw with Austin-based Constructive Ventures.
Construction is due to start in the fourth quarter of 2015, and will take 2 1/2 years to build. Construction costs are likely to top $200 million.
Lorenz said the planned tower, which would be on the banks of Shoal Creek and in the heart of the downtown’s revitalized west end, “has the potential to become an iconic addition to both the culture and the skyline of downtown Austin.”
The tower is being designed by the Austin-based architecture firm of Rhode: Partners. The firm’s Brett Rhode said the tower will be a mostly glass, with landscaped areas on different levels that will break down the scale of the building and enhance its visual appeal.