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By Steve Alberts / KVUE News
There's a new tall building in downtown Austin. Located in the heart of downtown Austin at 2nd Street and Congress, the Austonian has changed the downtown skyline.
Wednesday, construction manager Bob Albanese took KVUE photojournalist Doug Naugle and Reporter Steve Alberts on a tour of the tower -- 51 floors up, 571 feet above the ground.
They rode in two outside elevators, and climbed up stairs and ladders to reach to top floor. At the 48th floor, the elevation is 540 feet high.
"What is interesting about that is the Frost Bank Tower to the peak is 515 (feet), so we are about a floor and a half above the Frost Bank Tower," said Albanese.
There are still 140 feet to go, making it the tallest residential building in the western United States.
The Austonian officially became the tallest building in Austin on Monday when workers completed the top floor, surpassing the Austin 360 condominiums.
What about the view?
"Well based on the size of those buildings and the height of the structures, that is not Buda, Kyle or San Marcos. I guess I'll leave it at that," said Albanese.
Every condo will have a view, but it comes with a price tag. The condos cost anywhere from half a million dollars for a 1,221 square foot unit to more than $8 million for a condo with 8,390 square feet.
Construction crews are building a floor a week. When the building is finished in June 2010, it will have 56 stories and stand 683 feet tall