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Texas’ Tallest Skyscraper Being Built

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The 74-story tower would exceed a height of 1,000 feet. | Image by Augustine Verrengia/Linkedin

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Austin will be able to boast the tallest building in all of Texas to date once construction on the Waterline skyscraper wraps up.

“Waterline will offer a truly unique experience with unrivaled views, world-class amenities and a thoughtful design that connects the building’s interior with the project’s unique natural surroundings throughout the building,” stated Kairoi Residential CEO Michael Lynd Jr., per a press release cited by AP News.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, a global architectural firm, the Waterline project is a joint venture between Kairoi Residential and Lincoln Property Company (LPC).

Construction is already underway downtown at 98 Red River St. on the 74-story mixed-use high-rise, which will tower 1,022 feet above a 3.3-acre campus near Lady Bird Lake.

The development is slated to include 352 high-end apartment units, several hundred thousand square feet of office space, and an SH Hotel & Resorts hotel with 251 rooms.

“Downtown Austin offers one of the most dynamic markets and skylines in the nation, and we’re excited to help drive its ongoing transformation,” stated Seth Johnston, senior vice president of LPC in Austin.

He added, “Waterline marks a new milestone for downtown not only because of its height but also because of the positive impact this project will have on improving connectivity, enhancing public amenities, and attracting more people to this beautiful area of downtown.”

The connectivity Johnston references is the slated construction of two new pedestrian bridges and three public access points to the Waterloo Greenway, a 1.5-mile urban trail still in development. The trail will eventually link the University of Texas at Austin with Lady Bird Lake.

Jesús Aguirre, CEO of the non-profit organization Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, commented on the Waterline project when speaking with Fox 7, stating:

“I didn’t realize it’s going to be the tallest tower in Texas, which is certainly a point of pride for our city. But again, for us, it’s just about making sure that all of these folks, when they come down from the heights of this tower, have a way to move around the city easily, but also connect with nature along the really beautiful part of the great care.”      

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Geezer
Geezer
26 days ago

I hope it falls over

Ofnah
Ofnah
Reply to  Geezer
25 days ago

Why is it shaped like a giant toilet??

Ofnah
Ofnah
25 days ago

For being the tallest in Texas that thing sure is heidious and ugly
Come on Austin
Surely you can do better then that!!

Janette Parker
Janette Parker
24 days ago

Waterline design is unappealing. I consider it dangerous for the following reasons – In case of fire or other weather related event, sprinklers may not work and elevators also may be out of order forcing residents to try to navigate long flights of stairs. Firemen/women and other first responders would have difficulty reaching higher floors and would be in danger. Water from trucks would not reach higher floors. Firetrucks with buckets for residents to access would not reach higher floors. Extremely strong wind may cause some floors to fall. My opinion is no building with this many floors should be granted permission to build.

joe
joe
19 days ago

Keep the Weird in Austin

Last edited 19 days ago by joe
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