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Downtown Dallas’ tallest skyscraper construction project hits a high point on the skyline

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Building crews have topped out construction on the tallest new addition to Dallas’ skyline – the 45-story Amli Fountain Place tower.

The green glass residential skyscraper has joined downtown’s landmark Fountain Place office tower on the north side of downtown.

"It’s the tallest new residential building in Dallas – close to a half million square feet," said Taylor Bowen, executive vice president with project developer Amli Residential. "We are going to have almost 500 people living here when we are done.

"This is definitely the most architecturally significant building we have ever done at Amli," he said. "This is our tallest residential tower. In Seattle and Chicago we have a couple that rival this but not as tall."

Bowen said the first of the 367 luxury apartments in the new high-rise will be ready for tenants in March.

"Almost two years ago we had the groundbreaking," he said.

The Amli Fountain Place tower is the tallest skyscraper built in downtown Dallas in three decades.

The first apartments in the tower will open in March.

It joins the iconic Fountain Place office tower, which opened in 1986. Designed by architects Harry Weese and Harry Cobb with I.M. Pei and Associates, the rocket-shaped skyscraper is one of the most recognized elements of Dallas’ skyline.

Originally there were to have been twin office towers, but the second was never built.

When Amli decided to build the $150 million apartment project, it hired Austin-based architect Page Southerland Page to design a building, which complemented but not copied the original.

Amli’s Fountain Place tower is smaller than the first building and has a different shape.

The developers had green-mirrored glass manufactured specifically to match the original building.

"This was no Home Depot stuff. – it isn’t off the shelf," said Amli chairman and founder Greg Mutz. "We’ve never done a deal like this."

Mutz said the developers worked especially hard to orient their new building toward the original Fountain Place, facing the plaza and extending the grove of cypress trees and walkways.

"We felt it could create double value – the apartments could be synergistic with the office," he said.

Goddard Investments, owner of the 60-story office tower, is just finishing renovations of the ground floor of the 33-year-old skyscraper.

"There aren’t many apartment developers that would have spent the money to make this work," said Goddard partner Jim Wilson.

Archer Western Construction is the general contractor for the project. The same company is also building another downtown area tower – developer Hines 39-story Victor apartment tower in Victory Park.

"We should have the Fountain Place building exterior finished by November," said senior project manager Chris Dix. "It’s one of our biggest projects."

The 45-story Amli Fountain Place tower is under construction on the north side of downtown Dallas.
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