The Republic tower, one of Austin's tallest office building, has reached nearly 50 percent occupancy. L.A. law firm O’Melveny and Myers signed a lease for 37,000 square feet of the 48-story, glass-clad high-rise under construction on the south side of downtown's Republic Square Park. Developers Lincoln Property Company, Phoenix Property Company, and DivcoWest announced the lease signing Monday.

The Republic is shaping up to be lawyer central, with Chicago-based Kirkland and Ellis having committed to occupy 137,000 square feet of the building. Austin's Vista Equity Partners has also leased 200,000 square feet.

The 800,000-square-foot tower, which broke ground in 2022, will encompass the block at 401 West Fourth Street. Designed by Duda Paine Architects, it will have 21,000 square feet of amenity space including conference rooms, a tenant lounge, and a fitness center; 16,585 square feet of ground-floor retail space; and a 20,000-square-foot ground-level public plaza with an outdoor bar. Renderings show a parking podium of about 16 stories above the first two floors. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture designed the interior amenities.

The Republic is scheduled to open in mid-2025.