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Pioneer of Austin high rise gets some TLC in light of new development

(Reconstruction Experts)

One of Austin’s oldest high-rise condos on the shore of Lady Bird Lake is getting a makeover.


The 183-unit complex with 13 stories known as Towers of Town Lake first rose up in the 80s when Austin was seeing a tower boom with offices like One American Center and 100 Congress.

Adam Maldonado, Reconstruction Experts’ Regional VP of Texas, said the refurbishment project started when the team dropped by for a roofing job. It turned out that the material of the exterior facade was due for a touch-up, and the Colorado-based company was game for renewing it.

“To have those original buildings still there and have so much life in front of it is really exciting. I think it's an important part of the history of Austin's development and growth—that density, the condominium lifestyle, if you will, kind of started there,” Maldonado said. “You've got so many new and beautiful buildings, but this is kind of that anchor point of where the high-rise condos started in Austin.”


That anchor point has led to an array of developments in the area as the city undergoes its latest tower boom. Rather than condos alone, one of the trends that have come out lately is mixed-use developments like Sixth and Guadalupe where penthouses will be placed in the same building as office space for Meta’s offices.

Maldonado talked about the importance of maintaining the original character of the condos even though it wasn’t all that long ago that its first residents moved in.

“It's not like an ancient architectural, historical building, but it has been important to the community,” Maldonado said. “It's been very clear through the process that preserving the architectural details of the building has been a highlight.”

The team at Reconstruction Experts has done that by managing components like color schemes, the balcony railing details, light fixtures and more.


With the project first beginning last summer, the eight-phase project is wrapping up with an expected July completion date.

Given its teams in other Texas cities like San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, Reconstruction Experts is looking ahead in Texas for the long haul, and the Towers of Town Lake is just one piece of that plan.

“It’ll be a monumental event to have that building reclad with the new roof really kind of fresh look as it goes into the next hopefully 40 or 50 years of its lifespan,” Maldonado said.

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