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Jenga Tower

Location information

Location: North America
Country: United States, Texas
City: Austin
Address: 301 West Avenue

General information

Started: 2016 year
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Completed: 2019 year
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Technical details

Height: 209 meters
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Floor count: 58 floors
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Design and construction

Architect: Rhode Partners
Style: Cube, Highrise, Modern
Building Uses: residential

Austin's tallest building

The Independent in Austin

Jenga Tower


On January 11, developers broke ground on The Independent, a 58-story tower that will reshape Austin's skyline when it opens in about three years at West Third Street and West Avenue downtown. Featuring a distinctive stacked design that has earned it the nickname "Jenga Tower," the Independent will become Austin's tallest building and the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi.
The development team consists of Austin-based Constructive Ventures, Austin-based Aspen Heights, and Los-Angeles-based CIM Group. Kirk Watson, a former Austin mayor and now a state senator, and current Mayor Steve Adler, lauded the project, saying new high-rises downtown are making significant contributions to the city's tax base.
"Vibrant, vital, successful cities have vibrant, vital, successful downtowns," Watson said. Adler added that downtown "is not only the city's living room, it is our city's piggy bank."
Adler said The Independent will make the largest single contribution to the city's affordable housing fund ever – $2.5 million. The project's developers also are making a $1 million contribution to city infrastructure, along with other community benefits, including a public plaza connecting the Third Street footbridge to West Avenue and trail improvements along Shoal Creek.
"Even better, Austin is adding housing downtown where residents are more likely to walk or bike to work," Adler said. "By helping us address affordability and mobility, this building is a very big win-win for Austin."
Balfour Beatty Construction is the general contractor on the $300-million-plus tower. Developers closed on the $14.5 million purchase of the 1.7-acre (0.7-hectare) site from the city of Austin in December 2015, and an existing building on the land is now being demolished. The site formerly housed the Austin Energy Control Center, which is now located in East Austin. (via Bloomberg)
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