Workers celebrate topping out of Austin 'sailboat building' concrete structure

The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Workers who contributed to the project celebrated topping out the structure July 22. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
The building is expected to be completed in May 2022. (Courtesy/DPR Construction)

A 35-story downtown Austin Class A office complex reached a construction milestone July 22.

The 814,081-square-foot building at 601 W. Second St., colloquially called the “sailboat building” was topped out. Topping out is when the final piece of structure is set in place, and in this office development’s case, that would be concrete. Trammel Crow Co., a commercial real estate investor and developer, and MSD Capital L.P. began constructing the office development in January 2019. The building stands as the final phase of the four-block Greenwater Treatment Plant Redevelopment project, which commenced in 2012. The building has terraces on every floor overlooking the lake and is projected to be completed in May 2022, according to a press release. A DPR construction spokesperson could not comment how much the project costs, but confirmed TCC and MSD Capital are funding it.

A concrete team from DPR Construction poured and built all of the concrete for the building. The press release stated 140 DPR workers, along with workers from over 50 trade partners and over 20 consultants, put in over 1 million hours of work.

Brad Maples, principal of the Trammel Crow Austin business unit, told Community Impact Newspaper the location of the development adds value to the office complex.

“We chose [the lot] for its prime location on West Second Street,” Maples said. “Obviously, the riverfront is a huge part of the value of this location. It’s truly special to have Lady Bird Lake on the south side and Shoal Creek on the west side. It has amazing views that are permanently protected to the west and 180 degrees down Lady Bird Lake.”

Attendees of the celebration felt proud of the work they have put in to contribute a monumental structure to the city, DPR Construction Project Executive Andrea Weisheimer told Community Impact Newspaper.

“This building is really iconic for the city of Austin because as you drive down Cesar Chavez, it’s the first thing you see,” Weisheimer said. “It’s going to change the skyline.”

Hundreds of workers poured much of their lives into the project the last two years, DPR Superintendent David Rayner IV said, putting in 10-12 hours of work a day, including midnight shifts.

“We’ve lived and breathed this job,” Rayner said. “It's been two years of going. There’s not a day of rest.”

Trammel Crow said negotiations continue with potential tenants.

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.


Huston-Tillotson University is one of three Austin sites tapped to move toward national historic designation in September. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
East Austin university and high school stadium, Allandale 'air-conditioned village' move toward national historic recognition

The former Anderson High School stadium and Huston-Tillotson University could soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said Sept. 23 though the district has been awarded emergency funding, it has only had access to a fraction of it. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD superintendent lays out barriers to receiving emergency funding

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said while it seems that the district has received "millions and millions," it has been able to use a fraction of granted emergency funds.

Austin is one of five cities worldwide included in the company's new integration. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
Electric scooter company Bird will now show available Capital Metro bikes in its app

Riding a scooter this weekend? Keep an eye out for Bird’s new integration with Capital Metro’s bikeshare.

Kevin Foster, an Austin ISD board trustee, alerted the board Sept. 23 to his concern about a police response at LBJ Early College High School last week. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD trustee questions police response after hoax 911 call

After a large police response to a falsely reported school shooting last week, one member of the Austin ISD board of trustees is concerned about police scaring students.

The new signs are visible at the intersections of San Antonio Street and Sandra Muraida Way. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)
New parking signs in downtown Austin will update number of available spaces for 3 lots in real time

The signs provide real-time parking information for the Austin City Hall, Austin Central Library and Seaholm lots. They will begin to show the real-time data next week.

Several parents of New Caney ISD students spoke at the district's Sept. 20 board meetings about recent allegations that a student brought a firearm to Porter High School's Sept. 18 homecoming dance. NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event, and that the district is investigating the allegations. (Wesley Gardner/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI Nation roundup: Round Rock ISD trustees considered for censuring; New Caney ISD addresses allegations of student with gun at campus event and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 23.

Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
British Airways to resume service from Austin to London in October

The flights will run three days per week and include COVID-19 safety measures for passengers.

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of a plant store
Succulent Native opens new South Lamar shop and more South Austin business news

It is the second location for the local succulent and cactus purveyor.

Travis County sent a letter to TxDOT Sept. 21 asking it to explore more options for its I-35  design through downtown Austin. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County says TxDOT I-35 proposals need ‘more work’ in letter to the state transportation agency

TxDOT said that taking down the highway’s upper decks from Airport Boulevard to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard necessitates property displacements.

APD interim Chief Joseph Chacon was named as Austin's next police chief Sept. 22, pending City Council confirmation. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chacon looks to police staffing, city violence, community relations following appointment as APD's next chief

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon, a 23-year APD veteran, was tapped to be the department's next chief pending City Council confirmation.