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The final uninstalled spire section can be seen staged just to the left of the installed spire in this Syndic photo.  The spire makes up 139' of the official 595' height of the building and looks ridiculous from most angles.  But so far it has been up pretty well at night, and I've concluded that it is a worthy part of the tower. 

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A substantial amount of scaffolding has been constructed around the spire this week.  The final couple sections of the spire should be installed relatively soon.  This place opens for business next month.  One question remaining is whether or not the spire will have any lighting other than the required red airplane bulb on top.

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The last piece of the spire with the flashing red aviation light has been installed.  That officially makes this the second tallest building in Austin at 595' surpassing the 581' 360 condo tower.  But they won't be holding those spots on the tallest list for long.  These are also the only two towers in Austin with spires.

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It looks like this one will be updated to "Complete" status on December 1st.  The Fairmont is taking reservations beginning December 1st for rates starting at "only" $349 with the "Opening Celebration Package".  The construction delays were costly because they will miss out on the lucrative two weekends of ACL Fest which are followed by Formula One race weekend in October.

This tower has an awkwardly tall spire, but they have been experimenting with some nice LED lighting on the mechanical screen the past few weeks.  It may end up looking pretty flashy at night.  I just hope it's not Las Vegas flashy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's a view looking down at the rambling skybridge that will connect the Fairmont to the convention center.  I don't know the original source of this photo.

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The mechanical screen and spire will be capable of some pretty awesome light shows.  This news release from Gensler talks about the lighting and spire.  From the release:  

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The new crown can be lit any color, or an array of colors, and will begin being programmed with various visual displays this week. As dusk falls, the spire will often be illuminated with calm white lighting, which depending on the occasion, can be scaled from subtle hues to dynamic applications of more than 15 million colors, including “chasing” light displays, where the lights sequentially flash on and off.

 

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