Intel to blow up half finished building in downtown Austin, TX

Caught this story in some of my Intel search feeds this morning – apparently, Intel started building a 5 story office building in downtown Austin, Texas back around the turn of the century. When the bubble popped around that time, and the tech economy went south, construction on the building was halted in February 2001.

Apparently, it’s been sitting in its unfinished, ugly state for the intervening 6 years, and the city of Austin finally wants rid of it. It’s going to be demolished/imploded on Feb. 25, 2007. You can see an aerial photo of the building on Google Maps here. That is pretty ugly. Kind of embarrassing to have it sitting around like that for so long.

Hopefully we’ll get some good video of the implosion – you can bet I’ll find it and post it. 🙂


4 thoughts on “Intel to blow up half finished building in downtown Austin, TX

  1. James says:

    Just a few corrections. Intel no longer owns the site, the federal government does. It is the site of the new federal courthouse. Intel has nothing to do with the implosion, and they city has wanted it torn down for years, and has nothing to do with the feds picking now to do it. Those things aside, we in Austin are thrilled to be able to watch something blow up.

  2. Milo says:

    I just dropped my digital camcorder off with my brother. He is heading downtown Austin to video tape the implosion. If your interested we will be uploading it to his site and I’ll send ya the link later on.


    Austin Mayor Kirk Watson’s (now Sen. Kirk Watson) back door deal with Intel cost city taxpayers $7.5 million in subsidies after they left us with the “Intel shell” eye sore (That deal should be a reminder of how Watson’s deals with special interests always costs the citizens more).

    Watson’s City of Austin Prop 1, of the year 2000, diverted a whopping $67.2 million of our bond dollars, intended for free roads, into toll roads.

    And, today tricky Sen. Watson is pushing Managed Lanes, a fancy way to say toll roads without using the “T” word.

    If you want evidence of the $67.2 million diversion email me for the City of Austin document at

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