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Austin City Lofts

Another great building in Austin is the Austin City Lofts.  The Austin City Lofts is a 14 story high rise with 82 luxury loft homes.  The average loft size in the Austin City Lofts is 1700 square feet.  The First 4 floors are dedicated to retail and parking a residential lobby and management offices plus eight flats fronting Shoal Creek. then from floors 5 through 10 there are 54 flats with 12 foot ceilings. The last floors 11 through 14  include 20 two-story loft-style homes with 20-foot high ceilings.  All lofts have a view of either The State Capitol to the north or Town Lake to the south.

Austin City Lofts

"Individual homes feature spacious balconies, hardwood and exposed concrete floors, maple cabinetry, granite kitchen surfaces, superior appliance packages, and large bathrooms with granite countertops, oversized showers and whirlpool tubs. Building amenities include a pool and garden area, 24-hour security, and controlled-access parking.

Austin City Lofts, located on the Shoal Creek Greenbelt near the new Whole Foods flagship store, offers contemporary luxury loft residences.  Located on the northwest corner of West 5th Street and West Avenue,  Austin City Lofts is within two blocks of many retail and restaurant establishments, fashionable shops and boutiques. Immediately across Shoal Creek are restaurants, shops and a 12-screen movie theater. Nightlife opportunities abound just down the street and around the corner on Austin’s famous 6th Street. Homeowners also have immediate access to Austin’s urban parks via the Town Lake Hike and Bike trail.

Austin City Lofts

Not only does the development have direct access to Austin’s employment base, but also the City has identified this area as a desired urban residential neighborhood. An exceptional location amid high-end residential and retail, the Austin CBD, Shoal Creek and Town Lake gives this project a unique advantage not readily duplicated by competing projects. "

Austin City Lofts features a private lap pool and spa, fire pit and communal cooking area, on-site secured parking, a porter and concierge service, Hill Country and Downtown views, and large private balconies.

Hilton Austin Hotel

As mentioned in the last post we will now write about the hotel that resides below the 5 Fifty Five residential units.  The Hilton Austin Hotel is an architectural work of beauty located just north of the Austin Convention Center.  The hotel is the Largest in Austin with 800 rooms.  The 31 story hotel has a 27,000 sq ft main ballroom, a 15,000 sq. ft. junior ballroom, and over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Other amenities include two restaurants, a coffe shop and wine bar, health club, business center, outdoor swimming pool and spa.

Hilton Austin Hotel

Guest Accommodations

As a guest of the Hilton Austin you can experience comfort and elegance in every guest room with the new Hilton Serenity Collection of bedding. The Hilton Suite Dreams bed features a super-topper mattress pad to provide comfort support and luxury, while the 250-count European-style linens, non-allergenic down duvet and down pillows allow a wonderful slumber.

Beyond the bed, we offer new La Source bathroom amenities created exclusively for Hilton by Crabtree & Evelyn. Our rooms measure 350 square feet in size and include one king or two double beds, a chair with ottoman or loveseat and a spacious work desk.

You can stay in touch with two phones (each with 2 lines), voicemail and a data port offering wireless high-speed Internet service. We also offer the Hilton Family Exclusive alarm clock/radio with connection cable for personal MP3 player, portable CD player, laptop and other entertainment devices. Our Printer On service enables our guests to send print jobs from laptops in their guestrooms directly to the hotel’s 24-hr business center for pick-up at their convenience.

Additionally each of the guest rooms include a flat-screen television with Cable TV and pay movies, video games and premium channels, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hair dryer. A complimentary USA Today newspaper is delivered to each room Monday - Friday. Our spacious and stylish guest rooms include all the necessities for an unforgettable stay

Brown Building

Another building from Austin, Texas that I would like to write about is The Brown Building a 10 story residential and office tower located at 710 Colorado St..  This building was completed in 1938 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.  The building was home to many significant companies throughout 20th century Austin, including the holding corporation for the Lyndon Johnson family.

The Texas Broadcasting Corporation operated from the building for many years around World War II, counting among its employees humorist Cactus Pryor and future governor John Connally.  A reserved garage parking spot is assigned to each loft. The secured Brown Building parking garage is attached to the building.  The building’s elegant lobby features Art Deco ornamentation with pink, green and yellow terrazzo floors and rose marble walls. To either side of the lobby are the Brown Bar and Gumbos restaurant. There is a small fitness center in the building solely for the use of residents.  It is a short walk to all that downtown Austin has to offer – including restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, shops, theatres, museums, Town Lake and many special events.

 The Brown Building Austin Texas



The state capital and downtown office buildings are also a short walk away. The University of Texas and other sites within or in close proximity to downtown Austin can also be reached by the free Capital Metro Dillo public transportation service.  The Brown building in the mid 1900’s was known as the Wall Street of Austin , it played host to the movers and shakers of Austin finance. Fortunes were made and lost in the elaborate art deco styled offices. This was where politics were practiced – with the gloves off. Now considered an historical site, the homeowners in The Brown Building reaps the additional benefit of a reduction in their real estate taxes. Sometimes it pays to get old. 

The building may be historic, but the amenities enjoyed by the residents are anything but antique. Starting with the designer kitchens with their custom mill work cabinetry and enhanced appliances and continuing to the roof top sun deck with spectacular skyline views, the Brown Building is the place to be. And if you don’t get enough exercise taking in the shopping and dining opportunities within walking distance of the front door, there is an exercise room in the building.

The Brown Building Austin Texas

If you decide it is time for a night out, you don’t even have to leave the building. Gumbo’s full service New Orleans style restaurant is located on the first floor of The Brown Building. After dinner you can enjoy a relaxing drink and a little entertainment in The Brown Bar – also on the first floor. It doesn’t get more convenient than this.

 The Brown Building has 90 units on 10 floors the building is 120 feet tall , units range from 638 - 2029 SF units are 1 and 2 bedrooms

Frost Bank Tower

As of this post The Frost Bank Tower is the second tallest building in Austin, Texas at exactly 515 feet, 9 inches tall.  This building was completed in 2004 and began construction in 2001.  It was developed by Cousins Properties Incorporated from November 2001 to December 2003. 

Frost Bank Austin

This building contains over 525,000 sq. ft of leasable space.   The tower is finished in an energy efficient blue glass. This type of glass is only known to have been used on one other building, the Reuters Building at 3 Times Square in New York City. 

Frost Bank Tower

The signature 33-story Trophy tower features 560,674 square feet of premier office space in the heart of the Central Business District on the corner of Congress Avenue and Fourth Street, just blocks from the State Capitol.  Most people in Austin call this the nose clipper building. It’s the tallest building here right now but not for long.  The lower floors of the structure are finished in limestone.

Frost Bank Tower

Interesting Facts:

The crown of the tower contains more than an acre of glass.

Per tradition, tin crosses were embedded in the concrete on every floor.  The last cross was added at 9 pm on May 27, 2003 to the penthouse. The idea came from a story about an immigrant who worked on construction during the 1940s in New York City.

Cousins Properties contends that at the time of its groundbreaking, "this was the tallest building in America to have started construction after the September 11th attacks". 

Frost Bank Tower

The height of the tower crane used during construction was 600 feet tall. This broke a record as the tallest ever used in Austin at that time.

Over 200,000 square feet of glass was used in the facade of the tower; 45,000 square feet of glass was used in the crown, about one acre’s worth (materials in the crown alone cost $1.5 million).

Four Frost Bank logo signs were added above the main roof. The logos are 20 feet in diameter. The signs are now the highest signs on a skyscraper in Austin at approximately 420 feet high.

Floorplates range in size from 16,826 to 25,856 square feet.

Frost Bank Tower

May 28, 2003, the building has its topping out ceremony for the main roof and mechanical penthouse. A 30-foot cedar tree was hoisted to the top of the mechanical penthouse.

The project includes a plaza with a restaurant, a workout facility and high-speed elevators.  conference facilities, dry-cleaner, full-service bank, ATM, deli/carry-out restaurants, coffee shop, overnight courier drop box, and a fitness center. In addition, the property features an 11-level parking garage with more than 1,400 parking spaces. Frost Bank Tower is easily accessible to and from Mopac Expressway and Interstate 35.

Tallest building in Austin when it opened.

The building’s lighting design won Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc. the 2004 IALD Award of Merit.

 It was the first high-rise building to be constructed in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks.

designed by Duda/Paine Architects, LLP and HKS, Inc.

 It has the title for tallest logo above ground in the city.

During construction, the building was derided by some locals for having a garish design. However the building was also voted the best new building by Austin Chronicle readers in 2004.

record-setting deal for more than $354 per square foot, a total of $188 million, signed Thursday.

The Frost Bank Tower will be acquired by the Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust, the nation’s largest publicly owned office building manager

In 2006 The Frost Bank Tower was sold for at the time a record price of $354 per sq. ft. to the Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust, the nation’s largest publicly owned office building manager for a total price of $188 million.

Tenants include Jenkins & Gilchrist, Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, and Constructors and Associates.

Companies involved in this Building*  
architect: HKS, Inc., Duda/Paine Architects, LLP
Frost Bank Tower 1
Other firms: Thomas Properties Group, LLC, Cousins Properties Inc., Constructors & Associates Inc., C. Young & Company, Brockette Davis Drake, Inc., Michael E. James & Associates, Inc., Susman Tisdale Gayle Architects, Inc., Turner Collie & Braden, Inc., Cline Bettridge Berstein Lighting Design, Spectrum Lighting Inc., Cousins Properties Inc., Security Management Consulting, Texas Crane Services, Capform Inc., Myrex Industries, Bludau Fabrication, Inc., Haley-Greer, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Constructors & Associates Inc., Dewey Ballantine LLP, Graves Dougherty Hearon and Moody PC, Jenkens & Gilchrist PC, Winstead Sechrest & Minick PC, Frost National Bank, University of Texas Investment Management Co, Heritage Title Co.

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Wembley Stadium

Today we will be take a look at Wembley Stadium a massive Concrete and Steel Building. 

Amount of steel used in the construction 25,000 short tons

Wembley Stadium

Amount of concrete used 90,000 m³

This is just in the structure of the stadium, this stadium has 90,000 seats all of which are under cover which makes this the stadium with the most seats under roof in the world.

There is 35 miles of heavy-duty power cables.

The stadium contains 2,618 toilets, more than any other venue in the world.

Inside Wembley Stadium

The stadium has a circumference of 0.6 miles

The total length of the escalators is ¼ mile

Wembley Stadium Night Shot

The 6,350 tonne roof covers an area of over (11 acres), four acres of which are movable and rise to 170 ft above the pitch.

The stadium is also the most expensive stadium ever built, roughly US$1.57 billion  at the time.

 The arch is 133 metres above the level of the external concourse.

Wembley Stadium view from Wembley Way

The rows of seating, if placed end to end, would stretch 32.31 miles.

The archway is the world’s longest unsupported roof structure.

At peak construction there were over 3,500 workers working on the stadium.

Wembley Stadium Sky View

Each of the two giant screens in new stadium is the size of 600 domestic television sets.

The Stadium opened to the public on March 17th 2007

Wembley Stadium Under Construction

It is owned by The Football Association (FA),  its primary use is for home games of the England national football team.

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