The Independent

The Independent

“What we’re doing is not just building a building, but we’re building a neighborhood in the sky.” 

Ryan Fetgatter, Project Developer with Aspen Heights


High-rise Living: Innovative and economic design for an iconic structure

DCI is proud to have played 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 is one of the taller residential concrete buildings west of the Mississippi. Once completed, the high-rise will redefine urban living in downtown Austin.

The mixed-use project was designed by LAM+DCI, a joint venture between Frank Lam & Associates and DCI Engineers. Frank Lam & Associates designed the foundation, and DCI designed the primary lateral and gravity systems. The combined structural design bolstered the building’s rectilinear shape and honored the architectural vision of The Independent.

Project Highlights

  • The 660,000-sf mixed-use project includes 363 residential units, 20,000-sf of amenity space, 13,500-sf of retail, and 728 parking spaces on eight levels.
  • Level 9 includes a cantilevered infinity edge swimming pool.
  • Resident comfort during high-wind events was a central design goal. A pre-fabricated fiberglass fire suppression tank on Level 62 performs as a tuned liquid damper tank, 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 configured the steel-framed bracing for a large mechanical wind screen on the roof level to also act as an outrigger, providing additional stiffness to the building’s core without significant added cost or materials.


  • 2017 Design Award from American Architecture, “Tall Buildings/Architectural Design” category

(Photography copyright Atelier Wong Photography)

Austin, Texas
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