5 Projects To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

November 24, 2014 by BuildingATX Staff

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, we are officially in the midst of the holiday season. Keeping with the holiday spirit of reflection and gratitude, BuildingATX has identified five projects wrapping up soon that Austinites can be thankful for this holiday season and early in 2015.

1. JW Marriott

The JW Marriott project was arguably the spark that ignited the downtown hotel building boom. When it opens in “early 2015”, developer White Lodging‘s 1000+ key hotel at the corner of 2nd and Congress will be one of Austin’s top tier hotels with a prime location very close to the Convention Center. It will even have 112,000 square feet of its own meeting space.

via HKS Architects

The Dallas office of the HKS Hill Glazier Studio designed the hotel. The general contractor is Hunt|Hardin, and joint venture of Hunt Construction and DPR Construction. See more hotel development and construction coverage from BuildingATX by clicking here.

2. Capital Studios

Affordable housing in downtown Austin? That’s what Foundation Communities hopes to provide as it wraps up construction on the 135-unit affordable housing project at 11th and Trinity near the Capitol Complex. Eco-friendly features will be incorporated into the project, while ground-floor retail will enhance the surrounding neighborhood.


The Capital Studios Project Team includes Dick Clark + Associates, BIG RED DOG Engineering, and SpawGlass. See BuildingATX’s previous coverage of Capital Studios here and here.

3. Colorado Tower

The 30-story office tower in the middle of the Warehouse District has been a game-changer in the downtown office market. Cousins Properties‘ 373,000+ RSF project is already 95% leased and has led the way for other developers to move forward with their own office towers (including Lincoln Property Company‘s 5th+Colorado and the upcoming Block 23 from Trammel Crow).

via Duda|Paine Architects

Colorado Tower was designed by Duda|Paine Architects (who also collaborated with Cousins on the Frost Bank Tower). Other team members include Kendall Heaton AssociatesBay & Associates, and DPR Construction.

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4. Auditorium Shores

Just south of Lady Bird Lake in the heart of downtown, the Auditorium Shores area is beloved by Austinites, and the area has been closed off recently for construction. Major improvements are being implemented that “will bring a renewed focus on this facility as a great urban park that can sustainably accommodate patrons, special events and community gatherings.”


The re-vamped park space and improved connectivity to the Hike & Bike Trail should be complete early next year. The landscape architect for the project is TBG Partners. See our in-depth coverage of the major improvements at Auditorium Shores by clicking here.

5. The Bowie

This list wouldn’t be complete without a high-rise residential tower. The Bowie (formerly known as 311 Bowie) at West 5th & Bowie is one of the most prominent and the furthest along of the residential towers currently underway. LYND and Endeavor teamed up to develop the project and broke ground in late 2012.


The Bowie is wrapping up with construction and is set to complete late this year. Architecture was handled by HKS Architects and Harvey Cleary was the general contractor for the project.


Don’t see your favorite on this list? Leave us your comments below and let us know which projects you think Austin should be thankful for!

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Written by BuildingATX Staff