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