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plank. Each unit is equipped with custom modern kitchen cabinetry with stainless steel hardware, open shelving, state-of-the art appliances and designer lighting packages that are environmentally friendly. The buildings’ carriageways are artistic, with concrete paver designs. The leasing center will feature 8-foot-tall metal bamboo sculptures and several bamboo stalks through which water will flow down into a tank layered with river rock. Adjacent to the project’s leasing office is a cyber café that features a coffee bar, several computers, a copy machine and flatscreen TVs, Courty explains. The development also boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center that includes cardio equipment and universal weights. Midtown Commons is focused heavily on outdoor living spaces for residents and includes three courtyards that have unique features, including a resort-style swimming pool with a sunbathing shelf; fireplace; fire pit; built-in cooking center and grill; stone seating wall; and integrated crushed granite and stained concrete pathways.

Earth-Friendly Features

Midtown Commons is a green development, with sustainable guidelines for Texas BBL to follow. “There are several design criteria and processes in the field we had to abide by,” Courty says. Midtown Commons has been recognized with a three-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building, America’s No. 1 green building program. “[The] type of equipment and materials [used] are specific,” Courty explains. “We will be installing Energy Star appliances, low-flow faucets and shower heads to help with water conservation; 13.0 SEER [seasonal energy efficiency rating] cooling equipment efficiency; and double-pane insulated windows with low sound transmissions.”
Above and Beyond

Developer — High Street Crestview Station, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company. Architect — James, Harwick + Partners Inc. Project architect — Mark Wolf Project manager — Sheila Kleinpeter

Texas BBL has incorporated a construction waste management program to recycle trees, wood, paper, metal and concrete throughout the project. “All building materials had to be submitted to the city of Austin for review — from windows to landscape mulch,”

Courty adds. Midtown Commons also features fluorescent lighting for most interior and exterior fixtures, radiant barrier roof sheathing, cool-color shingles that have a 40-year lifespan and a 75 percent solar reflectivity so the building stays cool. And “most exterior products are light in color, so [the building] doesn’t absorb a lot of heat,” he explains. Courty says Texas BBL is finding ways to accommodate the green building trend. One of the company’s staff members is studying to be LEED certified, Courty says. “This is a good building process for us, just for the simple fact that we are more conscious of the materials we use,” Courty adds. ■



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