AWS Communications Completes Public Safety DAS Installation at The Independent, Tallest Residential Building West of the Mississippi

JANUARY 29, 2019 – AUSTIN, TX – AWS Communications, a leading public safety radio integrator, has successfully completed its latest installation at The Independent, Austin’s — and the western United States’ — tallest residential building.

The project consisted of installing vital public safety distributed antenna systems (DAS) throughout the building, to provide first responders with their own dedicated, reliable, crystal-clear radio communications anywhere within the structure.

AWS provided a turnkey solution to The Independent’s developers, taking the project from site survey and design to full commissioning, in coordination with the Austin Fire Department’s fire marshal. The project fully complies with the requirements of the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC).

“We are proud of the work our team achieved with The Independent,” said Bobby “Mack” McClung, CEO of AWS Communications. “Drawing on our deep talent and wide array of disciplines, AWS was able to provide a seamless, end-to-end solution for our customers.”

Sam McDaniel, AWS Vice President of Business Development, added, “The Independent project represents the best of AWS, showcasing our talents in the most cutting-edge residential high-rise environment imaginable. We’re incredibly proud of this project.”

As Austin’s newest and tallest structure, The Independent represents architectural design unlike any other. As noted, it is the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River, with a commanding, 360-degree view of Austin and offering 370 total residences. Four tiers offer homeowners a unique unit mix, enabling a wide array of view and living options.

The project was developed by Aspen Heights and CIM, with architecture and interiors designed by Rhode Partners and general contracting by Balfour Beatty. AWS Communications served as the prime contractor for public safety DAS throughout the entire structure and handled every phase of the project exclusively with AWS staff.



AWS Communications is an innovative communications technology provider offering a full suite of communications infrastructure design and installation. Our dynamic team specializes in wireless, wireline and fiber for in-building and outside networks. These services fulfill the needs for telecom, commercial and governmental clients.

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