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#301 Zaner

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:29 PM

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 06:19 PM

I believe the garage stops on floor 12, and the lobby/deck areas are on floor 13 & 14. Right now, the building has 8 floors and working on number 9. 

 

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:16 PM

Thanks for posting.  I took some pictures Saturday morning, but I have not uploaded them, yet.  The building is now taller than the Star-Telegram next door.



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:25 PM

It is also taller than both adjacent garages.



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 09:39 PM

I had not caught that when I was quickly taking shots downtown on Saturday morning before I went to work.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:38 AM

When you drive east on West Vickery from the Southwest Boulevard bridge you can glimpse a long-distance view of the three or four tallest buildings downtown (it's been that way for many years!)  Will the Frost Tower also be visible?  Of course, we'll find out soon.

 



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:46 AM

Really interesting cutaway of the building.

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 01:38 PM

So if this is going to be 383 feet tall. It looks to me that the final 10 or 20 feet will only be a glass wall on one side of the building ? 



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 02:41 PM

7k sqft of GFR gives me a lot of hope the lower floors will be as nice as the rest.

 

Edit-Looks like the GFR will be at 5th & Throck and along 4th. 

 

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  Has there been any discussion about what will or can be done with the 1/4 block that is and will be vacant?



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 03:04 PM

There isn't a vacant 1/4 block unless I'm missing something.  Isn't 3/4 of the block occupied by the Frost Tower and the other 1/4 occupied by the building connected by skybridge over 6th to the Morningstar building?



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 04:11 PM

There isn't a vacant 1/4 block unless I'm missing something.  Isn't 3/4 of the block occupied by the Frost Tower and the other 1/4 occupied by the building connected by skybridge over 6th to the Morningstar building?

 

You are correct and you are not missing something.  Viewing the site plan, as I did, gives the impression that there is nothing currently on the section of the block not included as 640 Taylor Street.

 

In the future, I will be referring to the building as 640 Taylor Street.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 06:21 PM

The glass curtain wall is to be extended up on all four sides around the elevator overrun and any mechanical equipment on top of the roof.  We have discussed this before on the forum.  Otherwise, the building would look like a modified version of Burnett Plaza. 

 

The white 1/4 of the block is portion of the block that is occupied by Morningstar's property, formerly The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  It is customary on a site plan to show an adjacent piece of property that is not yours as a white or gray area with no detail. 

 

The official name is "Frost Tower".  The 640 Taylor title was a temporary name.  I have changed the title of the thread slightly by moving Frost Tower in front of Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 08:19 PM

...The official name is "Frost Tower".  The 640 Taylor title was a temporary name.  I have changed the title of the thread slightly by moving Frost Tower in front of Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building.

 

I understand that the official naming of the building is now Frost Tower; and that this is a method for gaining added income for a building; money is good to get when you can get.  However, 640 Taylor as a permanent reference to the building, at least to me, is more exacting.  For instance, the home stadium of the Texas Rangers; Bank of America (two locations downtown/D R Horton).  Which do we prefer: Worthington Bank Building or Burk Burnett Building? It seemed like a very practical decision for reasons of safety and locale to settle upon the name 777 Main Street for Continental Plaza.  Just less confusion in my opinion.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:46 PM

The website has some nice renderings of the south terrace. Click the pic for more.

 

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:22 PM

Here's my latest photograph taken on March 12, 2017 from Lamar Street.

 

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:44 PM

Are those extra tall columns the top floor of the garage?

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:46 PM

They are.  If you look at your sections that you posted, this is the top level of the garage, and it is the level below the Sky Lobby.  This is more or less, a double-height floor.



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Posted 12 March 2017 - 10:40 PM

Nice pic.  I'm very excited to see this one come together.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:47 PM

I was at a lunch meeting at Historic Fort Worth today, and for the first time, I noticed the building beginning to make an impact on the skyline from Penn Street.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:58 PM

I've also noticed it's visible from the square in some places, especially near Del Frisco's.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 05:53 PM

Looks like the garage is just about framed up. The crane is getting close to needing a jump I would assume, something to keep an eye out for. 

 

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There's also a bit of glass that has gone in on the 2nd floor near the lobby. I'm not really sure what this space is going to be.

 

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:23 PM

It wouldn't surprise me to see them jump the crane this weekend.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:04 PM

Here's the latest construction photograph that I took on Sunday, March 26, 2017. The next level up will be the Sky Lobby Level (12).  Also, notice the steel framing going in at the corner for the stair tower.  Also notice, the stair runs are starting to be placed.

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:40 PM

More glass on the third floor. Tough to capture the true color of it due to how reflective it is. 

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 10:07 PM

For the second time in a year, I toured the construction site yesterday.  BB+P taught us a lot about the glazing system for the building. 



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Posted 31 March 2017 - 10:25 PM

I'm wondering if that glass may be too reflective.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:13 AM

There will be several different types of glass used on the building.  The glass on the first floor is closer to being clear than reflective.  This glass is going in on the parking levels above the main lobby and part of the bank retail space.  Other parts of the lower floors will be screens for the parking garage so that most of the garage will have natural ventilation.  The system is very nifty.  They have only installed a small portion of the glass and most is sitting inside the upper levels of the parking garage.  On Monday, installation will start in earnest.  If you want to see the installation in progress, I would highly recommend going downtown this week to watch them from the street.

 

Also, if you remember from the DDRB hearing from 2015, they asked for air rights above the sidewalks.  On the west side of the building, the parking levels cantilever out 10 feet above the sidewalks.  I believe on the other sides, the cantilever is 5 feet.  This allowed the architects to design the parking with more efficiency, considering the "L" shaped site.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 06:26 PM

Here is the latest construction photograph, taken on April 15, 2017.  The contractors are working on the Sky Lobby level (12). 

 

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:37 AM

Here's my latest photograph taken on March 12, 2017 from Lamar Street.
 
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I walked by this section of the building recently and as I walked along the western side I felt that this along with the parking garage across the street made Lamar feel like a dead streetscape. Kind of like a street stuck between 2 barren walls. I think the parking garage needs to go and something more pedestrian friendly needs to take it's place.





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