High-rise Living: Innovative designs for an iconic structure
DCI is proud to play a key role in a tower that will be a fixture of the Austin skyline for generations. At more than 60 stories and at least 675-ft tall, The Independent will be the tallest building ever built in the city and will redefine urban living in downtown Austin.
- The project is being designed by LAM+DCI, a joint venture between Frank Lam & Associates and DCI Engineers.
- The 660,000-sf mixed-use project includes 436,000-sf of residential space, 120,000-sf of office, 13,500-sf of retail and at least 618 parking spaces.
- Resident comfort during high-wind events was a central design goal. A fire suppression tank at the roof will be configured to perform as a tuned liquid damper, cutting down on accelerations from large gusts of wind.
- The building’s unique architectural design features multiple cantilevered floor plates that resemble unevenly stacked blocks. LAM+DCI was able to configure the steel-framed bracing for a large mechanical wind screen on the roof to also act as an outrigger, providing additional stiffness to the building’s core without significant added cost or materials.