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Frost Bank Tower


Frost Bank Tower
FBT, Congress at Fourth, 4th & Congress


Structure in General

existing [completed]
curtain wall
light brown blue


commercial office
mercantile parking


  • A tin cross was embedded in the concrete of each floor, following tradition. The last cross was added at 9 pm on May 27, 2003 to the penthouse. The idea came from a story about an immigrant who worked on construction during the 1940s in New York City.
  • The silvery blue color glass facade has only been used once on one other building in the world, 3 Times Square, also known as Reuters Building in New York City.
  • The height of the tower crane used during construction was 600 feet tall. This broke a record as the tallest ever used in Austin at that time.
  • Over 200,000 square feet of glass was used in the facade of the tower; 45,000 square feet of glass was used in the crown, about one acre's worth (materials in the crown alone cost $1.5 million).
  • Four Frost Bank logo signs were added above the main roof. The logos are 20 feet in diameter. The signs are now the highest signs on a skyscraper in Austin at approximately 420 feet high.
  • Floorplates range in size from 16,826 to 25,856 square feet.
  • May 28, 2003, the building has its topping out ceremony for the main roof and mechanical penthouse. A 30-foot cedar tree was hoisted to the top of the mechanical penthouse.
  • The building is exactly 515 feet, 9 inches tall.
  • The project includes a plaza with a restaurant, a workout facility and high-speed elevators.
  • The original design called for a blue glass rectangular shaped tower with a 3-story limestone podium. It was to be 352 feet tall with 27 floors.
  • The building's lighting design won Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc. the 2004 IALD Award of Merit.
  • Tallest building in Austin when it opened.
  • At the time of its groundbreaking on November 27, 2001, this was the tallest building in America to have started construction after the September 11th attacks. Source: Cousins Properties Inc.

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401 Congress Avenue
112 East 4th Street, 402 Brazos Street
401 Congress Avenue
Financial District

Technical Data

515.01 ft
515.01 ft
442.01 ft
424.01 ft
400.00 ft
333.00 ft
228.00 ft

Involved Companies

Duda/Paine Architects, LLP
HKS, Inc.

MEP engineering, civil engineering, construction company, crane supplier (construction), developer, formwork supplier, general contractor, lighting consultant, lighting installation, owner, security system consultant, steel supplier, structural engineering, tenant, window supplier

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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