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Austin's Tallest Building Reaches a Milestone / KVUE's Noelle Newton
The tallest building in Austin hit another milestone Thursday. The Austionian was "topped off" in a ceremony on the two year anniversary of when construction began.
Remember the day when the frost tower was the tallest building in Austin? The view from the Austonian makes it look small. At 683 feet it towers above all but five residential buildings in the nation. On Thursday, crews began the final step to the exterior.
A 4,500 pound steel beam draped in an American flag was lifted high above busy Congress Avenue. It is one of six beams that will form a three story illuminated glass crown on top. People walking by couldn't help but stop and stare.
"I thought it was cool. It was pretty good to see it going up," Austinite Mark Wendel said.
Senior project manager Bryan Embrey said this marks the beginning of the end.
"The structure is topped out. We're at the top of the structure now and that's part of what we're trying to celebrate today. We'll button up the glass here in the next month or so," Embrey said.
Now the focus moves to finishing up the interiors of the condos. We got a sneak peak of a finished model back in July. Realtors call this uber luxury. 40 of the 178 units are priced at over $2 million. Part of that price tag is the view. From the 51st floor you can clearly see the capital and the UT stadium.
"Former Mayor Will Wynn had a vision of bringing 25,000 people to Downtown Austin and this was the start of that journey. We're excited to be a part of the job," Embrey said.
The move in date is June of next year. It will have to compete with the W and the Four Seasons' condo building. Both report they are half sold. We don't know how many at the Austonian have sold. The company says they don't release that information.