Frost Bank Tower is an imposing skyscraper gracing the skyline of Austin, Texas. It is considered as the 3rd tallest building in the city. It also holds the distinction of being the first high-rise building to be constructed after the ill-fated 9/11 attacks. It is also considered as one of the most recognizable buildings in Austin.
Frost Bank Tower History
The Frost Bank Tower was first constructed in November of 2001. During its groundbreaking, it was considered to be the tallest building in the US to have started construction after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. The original plan for the site was to build a 352 ft. or 107 meter building that contains a total of 27 floors. But the final plan eventually went with constructing a 515 feet or 157 meter building with 33 floors.
Construction for the Frost Bank Tower took a total of 2 years and was completed by 2003. The building was officially opened on January of 2004. At the time of its completion, the Frost Bank Tower was considered as tallest building in Austin, Texas. But it was soon surpassed by 360 Condominiums in 2008 at the height of a construction boom in Austin. Overall, the Frost Bank Tower was built at a cost of around $137 million.
Frost Bank Tower Features
The Frost Bank Tower was designed by architectural firms HKS, Inc. and Duda/Paine Architects, LLP. One of the more recognizable buildings in the city, the tower starts out a rectangular shape at its base that eventually becomes a square point at the top. The base exterior is constructed with a honed finish limestone while the main structure that extends upwards is made up of blue low-e glass skin, which is a thicker type of glass. It is only one of two buildings in the world using the low-e glass skin, the other one being the 3 Times Square Building in New York City, also known as the Reuters Building.
During its construction, builders embedded a tin cross in the concrete in each floor of the building, following tradition. The building is also topped by a unique looking crown, which used around 45,000 square feet of glass. There are four Frost Bank logo signs added into an area above the main roof which measure 20 feet in diameter. At a height of 420 feet above ground, the logo signs are considered as the highest signs ever to be placed on a skyscraper in Austin.