A fun game to play during a global pandemic such as this one is to search your inbox for the word “unprecedented” and try to find the funniest way it’s been strategically deployed in an email blast by one of the brands you don’t immediately kick to the spam folder. I got one from Panera Bread the other day. Anyway, we get that it’s been weird lately, but despite the risks our local construction industry is pressing on with at least a few emerging projects around downtown Austin and beyond — let’s see:
The 30-story Alexan-branded apartment tower by Trammell Crow Residential Company is only a few floors away from topping out at 700 East 11th Street, and as you might recall from the renderings it’s eventually going to serve us up some red brick aesthetics over on the far east edge of downtown. This one should be open for business sometime in 2021, assuming nothing happens to slow the finish-out. Fingers crossed, it’s fun getting new height on this end of town. Speaking of which…
The mixed-use building headed for the Symphony Square block by national developers Greystar Real Estate Partners at 1117 Red River Street is a little under the radar — it hasn’t broken ground yet, but a LinkedIn job posting for a construction superintendent to oversee the project indicates it’s expected to break ground soonish:
Greystar will be breaking ground on a mixed-use high-rise project at Symphony Square in Austin, TX. We are is looking for a Construction Superintendent to oversee the project from the development stage through to completion. The Superintendent will provide leadership and guidance to employees and subcontractors, assisting them in planning, coordinating and executing their work in order to complete the project in a cost effective and timely manner.
Hey, it’s something!
Here’s what’s going on lately at the home-sharing trailblazer of a tower project known as Natiivo, straight from its development team at Pearlstone Partners / Newgard Development Group:
The Natiivo Austin team is excited to report Level 11 has been poured and the team is pushing to pour a floor a week as they move up the tower. Framing and insulation is still ongoing on level one. Installation of critical infrastructure in the garage is ongoing, currently on level three. Structural steel is being installed in the elevator shafts and stairs are currently being installed in the garage.
— Natiivo Update, May 26, 2020
For a little bonus, you’ll notice in the photo up there that you can see some site prep happening just south of the Natiivo site for the 49-story condo tower rising at 44 East Avenue. Judging by the photo below from earlier this week by developer Intracorp, they’ve made some progress since then:
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Shout out to @flintcoconstruction for all of their hard work on site at 44 East Ave. #44FormationFriday The team is working on grade beams and pier caps on the south side. The underground pipes and conduits are being installed. The team is also working on the foundation for the 2nd crane and placing the concrete for the garage ramp walls.
While we’re tooling around in the Rainey District — and trying to be cool with the fact that the bars are open again, phew — here’s a nice look at progress on the Quincy by Endeavor Real Estate Group at 93 Red River Street, which will bring 30 floors of apartments and office space plus ground-floor retail to the Rainey Street neighborhood. It’s scheduled to open sometime in 2021, though the standard pandemic disclaimers apply.
New Travis County Courthouse
The new Travis County civil and family courts facility under construction over at 1700 Guadalupe Street is rising out of the ground, with work still going strong every day — I know this because I live next door. It’s actually not very obnoxious, I don’t know why people complain about this kind of thing so much when they’re the ones choosing to live downtown. Anyway, it would be cool if this building had a coffee shop with a real espresso machine instead of one of those automated joints. Budget-wise, it’s probably good that I’m not in charge of that sort of thing on a county level. Do you know how much those things cost if you want to use the steam wand and brew at the same time?
1155 Barton Springs Apartments
The 8-story apartment building going up at 1155 Barton Springs Road is long-awaited, to say the least. Now a concern of national developers Greystar Real Estate Partners, which got a mention earlier in this article at Symphony Square, this one’s supposedly also expected in late 2021. After twenty years (no, seriously) of false starts, we’re happy to see anything here. (Don’t knock the photo too hard, it was raining.)