September Meeting

  • 27 Sep 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Maggiano's Little Italy - Domain
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The Independent

Presented By:  Shane Tanner, PE, and Kris Swanson, PE, SE - DCI Engineers


The Independent represents a number of firsts for downtown Austin. The 63 story condo tower is the city’s tallest structure, and the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River. The project offers walkable access to several major employers, several grocery, retail, and entertainment options, and Austin’s hike and bike trail system. The amenity package ensures that the project accommodates a diversity of lifestyles, including downtown’s first indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, a 24-hour concierge, a resort pool and lounge, theater room, conference center, dog park with washing stations, fitness center, and lounge area. In addition to its height, The Independent has gained notoriety due to its unique building shape, including several cantilevered levels, giving it the name “Jenga Tower”. The presentation will provide a detailed overview of the various architectural and structural engineering innovations that occurred in this project.


Shane Tanner, PE is an associate in the Austin office of DCI Engineers. He has been involved in the engineering world in Austin for more a decade, working on several well-known projects throughout the city and state. He has worked on a variety of structural systems with particular focus on light gage and concrete. Shane is extremely process driven and enjoys finding new ways to bring innovation to the industry. He serves as a mentor to emerging engineers both in the company and throughout the city of Austin.

Kris Swanson, PE, SE is the principal in charge and an original founder of the Austin office of DCI Engineers. He has over twenty years of structural engineering experience on a wide variety of projects including specific expertise in high-density residential projects such as multifamily, hospitality, and student housing. Kris has particular expertise in hybrid structural systems and has worked around the country on a variety of innovative projects. He worked very closely with the design and construction team to incorporate many innovations used on The Independent. Kris stays ahead of building trends through his active participation in groups such as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, Real Estate Council of Austin, and AIA. Kris loves to give back to the local community including work at Habitat for Humanity and ACE Mentors.

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