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Old Posted Jul 13, 2014, 9:24 PM
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SAN ANTONIO | Frost Bank Headquarters | 386 FEET | 23 FLOORS

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Robert Rivard on 13 July, 2014 at 00:48

The new Frost Tower, depending on its orientation and the new buildings that might surround it, probably can rise 40-50 stories.

“It will look iconic on the 10 o’clock news, which is the top 30 feet of the tower,” Smith said, “But equally important to me is that first 30 feet, what we live with on the street, and how it fits with the block, the neighborhood, and life and work downtown. It has to make for a compelling walk down Houston Street and it absolutely has to embody the things that Frost Bank stands for: quintessentially Texan, authenticity, integrity, a proud hometown name and brand.”

The Weston Urban/Frost Bank project timeline goes something like this:

Aug. 18, 2014: 10-day evaluation period by city staff ends. City staff invites competing proposals within 60 days.

Oct. 18, 2014: Deadline for any competing proposals to be submitted to city staff.

First quarter, 2016: Break ground.

First quarter, 2018: Complete building.
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Robert Rivard on 26 June, 2014 at 18:19

Mayor Julián Castro, flanked by a majority of City Council at a hastily-called Thursday afternoon press conference at City Hall, announced a proposed downtown real estate megadeal put forward by Weston Urban and Frost Bank that would give the city’s skyline its first new Class A tower in more than 25 years and generate a breathtaking wave of downtown development north of Main Plaza.

“This is a major development that literally has the opportunity to change the landscape of downtown,” Castro said. “It has been more than quarter century since our downtown skyline has had a new office tower.” He later said the project would add 300 new residential units to the downtown market.

The new tower would add 732 new parking spaces to the downtown inventory, and equally important, put new and available Class A office space into the market, the first addition of Class A office space to San Antonio’s downtown since the Weston Centre opened in 1988.
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The tower is planned for a parking lot across the street from their current headquarters in the grey and black tower. Once the new headquarters is built, Frost Bank will turn over ownership of the old tower to the City of San Antonio for city offices.

The tower will occupy the tree lined parking lot in the middle bottom of the image.









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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/loc...wn-5582065.php
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skyscraperBY JOSH BAUGH : JUNE 26, 2014 : Updated: June 26, 2014 5:41pm

SAN ANTONIO — Mayor Julián Castro and officials from Frost Bank and the Weston Urban development firm unveiled Thursday afternoon a proposal that would, for the first time in a quarter century, bring a new office high-rise to San Antonio's skyline.

At an afternoon press conference, the officials outlined the structure of a proposed public-private partnership that would result in several property exchanges, including the city taking control of the Frost Bank tower at 100 W. Houston St., and the construction of a new “iconic” office tower for the bank. Weston Urban would also develop more than 300 residential units in downtown.

Under the proposal, the city would convey five downtown properties to Weston Urban, Graham Weston's development company, and take ownership of the Frost tower, which is a stone's throw away from City Hall.

Weston Urban would construct a new skyscraper near the Frost tower, on the city block between West Travis Street, Camaron, East Houston Street and North Flores. Frost would be the anchor tenant in the high-rise, consuming some 250,000 of the 400,000 total square feet.
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Jun 26, 2014, 2:46pm CDT UPDATED: Jun 27, 2014, 9:45am CDT
Frost, Weston Urban propose major downtown development deal

W. Scott Bailey
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The City of San Antonio has received an unsolicited proposal from Frost Bank and Graham Weston's real estate firm Weston Urban LLC that, if approved, would dramatically alter the downtown landscape.

Weston and Frost are asking the city to convey to them five downtown properties, including the Municipal Plaza building, the Continental Hotel building, San Fernando Gym and two parcels of real estate.

In exchange for those buildings, Frost would convey to the city its existing office tower at 11 W. Houston Street and an attached parking garage.

As part of the deal, Weston Urban would agree to build Frost a new headquarters building at the northwest corner of Flores and Houston streets.
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Thanks for starting the thread Kevin. It's our first one in this section in quite awhile. Hopefully we really do get a signature tower out of this.
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A skyscraper with a total of 400,000 sq ft.?that's a small floor plate!
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The new Frost Tower, depending on its orientation and the new buildings that might surround it, probably can rise 40-50 stories.

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“This is a major development that literally has the opportunity to change the landscape of downtown,” Castro said. “It has been more than quarter century since our downtown skyline has had a new office tower.” He later said the project would add 300 new residential units to the downtown market.

Sounds like it could be at least twice the height of anything in the area, a true skyline changer.
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It's still unclear if they plan to put those 300 units in the office tower or if they'll be in other buildings. Part of the deal also includes the developer gaining ownership of 3 or 4 older smaller buildings that the city currently owns. And then there is the size of the property where the tower will go. It's a full block. 400,000 square feet does seem kind of small for such a tall building. It would have to be a slender tower to achieve that kind of height. Plus companies these days favor office buildings with large floor plates for efficiency. I could see it happening if the office portion of the building has a larger footprint with residential units above in smaller floor plates in either a sloped or stepped tower. We'll see. In one of the articles it did state the desire for a public plaza, so it's possible part of the block size could be dedicated to a plaza which would make the tower more slender. I'm loving the idea of San Antonio getting a really tall building.

San Antonio's tallest now is the Weston Centre, which is owned by the same company that is developing this tower. The Weston Centre is 466 feet with 33 floors. The Tower of the Americas is 622 feet to the roof and 750 feet to the antenna.
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A skyscraper with a total of 400,000 sq ft.?that's a small floor plate!
400,000sf is a significant amount of office space. The Bank of America Plaza, even though not the tallest building in the city has approximately 530,000sf of space in its 28 floors making it the largest office building in the city. Also, the new tower proposed here is not going to be solely dedicated to Frost. They will be a major tenant that occupies a portion of the building. The intent is to build additional square footage for other tenants, the amount of which has not been disclosed.
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Some more info about the tower. Everything is still preliminary so I'm sure it'll be different from this, but the tallest stacking plan showed it at 518 feet. They haven't actually designed the building yet, so that's only an estimate. They also have some placeholder renderings to show that relative height.

The stacking plan is on page 50.

https://webapps.sanantonio.gov/bidli...8180323470.pdf
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518' would be quite nice if it ends up being that height. It would be a skyline changer for sure.
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http://www.mysanantonio.com/real-est...er-6307001.php
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San Antonio council approves Frost Bank Tower

BY BENJAMIN OLIVO : JUNE 4, 2015 : Updated: June 4, 2015 12:10pm

In a 9-0 vote, the City Council approved the Frost Bank Tower deal, a labyrinthine agreement between the city, Weston Urban and Frost that will result in downtown’s first office tower in more than 25 years.

Weston Urban, the real estate company backed by Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston, will build a $142 million, 400,000-square-foot office tower on Frost’s motor bank and parking lot diagonally across from its current headquarters. That new building, the height of which is not determined, will serve as Frost’s new headquarters. Frost will occupy 250,000 square feet of the building, leaving the rest available for rent.
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And one of these days I suppose we'll see a rendering.
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I'm willing to be patient and wait if it means we'll see a good design.
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Full Article: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...300144275.html

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SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Weston Urban and KDC have announced the selection of internationally renowned architecture firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli, to lead the design of the Frost Tower, Frost Bank's new headquarters and San Antonio's first downtown office tower in three decades.

The design of the approximately 400,000-square-foot office tower will be orchestrated by the architecture firm, based out of New Haven, Conn. In addition to its expertise in modern, iconic towers, the firm's leadership has strong local ties to the San Antonio community. Members of the leadership team Fred Clarke and Bill Butler will lead the project. Clarke, a senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli, was born in El Campo and is a graduate of the University of Texas, and Butler, a principal of the firm, was born and raised in San Antonio and is a graduate of Rice University.

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"We are thrilled and honored to be chosen as architects for the new Frost Tower. This transformative project will extend the commercial district of Houston Street to the vibrant redevelopment of San Pedro Creek," said Senior Design Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Fred Clarke. "As a Texas native, and with my business partner Bill Butler, a San Antonio native, we hope to embrace the Texan spirit, respond to the uniqueness of San Antonio and create a symbol for the city's tercentennial, as well as the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of Frost Bank."

Construction on the project is slated to begin in Fall 2016 and is estimated to be complete by 2018 or 2019.
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Giggity.

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Big changes ahead in SA in 2016

Tue, Jan 05 2016, 12:48 AM EST
by Randy Beamer - News 4 San Antonio

And the new and improved San Pedro Creek will be right next to San Antonio's next skyscraper, the first in 25 years.

Weston-Urban's Frost Bank Tower is still in the design phase, but is expected to be about 50 stories of residential, retail and office space on West Houston Street.

I'm told demolition and preliminary work on the site could start by late this year.
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EXCLUSIVE: Weston Urban proposes cutting-edge, glass skyscaper for Frost Bank headquarters

By Richard Webner and Steve Bennett Updated 12:39 am, Sunday, July 10, 2016

San Antonio developer Weston Urban will break ground this winter on its most ambitious project yet — a gleaming 23-story glass skyscraper amid a sea of concrete and stone buildings downtown that president Randy Smith says will redefine the city’s unremarkable skyline.

Designed by world-renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, the tower rises 400 feet high, culminating in a crown unlike anything else in San Antonio’s skyline.


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What happen?It's half the size we were looking for.
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Beautiful building.
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Nice design. That short and stubby look though is asking for more height.



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A rough idea of what it will look like in the skyline.
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Love the crown.
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