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This office tower is part of the large Greenwater development.  It's nickname has become the Google Tower because Google pre-leased a lot of the office space.  Here's a recent photo of the construction progress taken from Zilker Park:  

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Edited photo by Eric Laczi on Flickr

 

Here's a rendering from the construction contractor's website.

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Here's a view of this project taken from a balcony on the recently completed 30-story Seaholm Residences.  That lot in front of this tower being used for construction staging is the site of the 33-story Austin Proper Hotel & Residences.  The lot to the right of the Austin Proper site that is also being used for construction staging is the site of the ~400' Greenwater Residential #2.  That building to the left of the Austin Proper site is the Austin Music Hall that will be demolished for the 29-story Third + Shoal office tower.  Just to the left of this view is the U/C 58-story Independent condo tower, and behind the Independent is the 459', 39-story Fifth & West condo tower.  This area is going to be dense!

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The view in this KevinFromTexas photo was taken from I-35.  The new tallest is going up directly behind this tower from this angle.  In addition to this tower and the new tallest, also going up in this cluster are the Fifth & West, Austin Proper, Third + Shoal and Green Water Residential #2 towers.  Check back in two years and this view will rock.  

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I took this one this weekend.  The power substation in the foreground remained after the former Seaholm power plant site was re-developed.

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I posted this same photo in the Austin Proper thread because it shows the crane.  But this is an excellent shot of this project.  It's not done yet, but it can't be too far away from being completed. 

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Photo by Urbannizer

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This one is completed according to this Statesman article.  From the article:  

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In downtown Austin, the overall occupancy rate dipped from the first quarter, to 90.2 percent. Cushman & Wakefield said. Much of the increase, however, is due to the opening in May of 500 West 2nd, a new tower with 505,000 square feet of space. Though 95 percent leased, only a few tenants have moved in so far. Google will be leasing more than 200,000 square feet in the building, which CBRE is managing and leasing.

 

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