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Pelli Reveals Design of First San Antonio Skyscraper in 30 Years

Rendering of Frost Tower in downtown San Antonio.

Rendering of Frost Tower in downtown San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO – Weston Urban, the San Antonio-based real estate development firm, has revealed the design for the Frost Tower, the first skyscraper to be built in San Antonio in almost 30 years.

Designed by renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, the tower’s groundbreaking is planned for winter 2016 and construction is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

The Frost Tower is the first office tower being added to San Antonio’s downtown skyline in 27 years. It will include 23 floors and rise approximately 400 ft. tall. At approximately 420,000 SF, Frost Tower will serve as the new corporate, regional headquarters for Frost,  a banking and financial services company that has called downtown San Antonio home for nearly 150 years. Around 400,000 SF of the building will be dedicated to office space, and the remaining 20,000 SF on ground level will be reserved for retail.

“Weston Urban’s goal is to catalyze downtown development in San Antonio, and we could not have found a better pair of collaborators than Frost and our City,” said Randy Smith, CEO of Weston Urban. “The public-private partnership with Frost and the City of San Antonio uncorks the potential of quite a few acres in our urban core and it will play a significant role in the revitalization of downtown San Antonio. The design represents a year of hard work by Pelli Clarke Pelli and GGN, and we feel they’ve exceeded each of our expectations. This is a building all of San Antonio can be proud of.”

“At Frost, we are looking forward to seeing the new tower on the skyline and being part of an energized downtown,” said Phil Green, Frost Chairman and CEO. “After seeing the Frost sunburst go up on new buildings in downtown Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth, we’re glad to be the named tenant of the newest building in our hometown of San Antonio.”

Internationally renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was selected to lead design for the tower. This is the second Texas tower the firm has designed in the past five years, with a project in Dallas presently under construction.

“We are excited to be working on this project, which will be a force of transformational energy in downtown San Antonio,” said Butler, Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli. “This design is important to San Antonio and its downtown, a modern compliment to the masonry towers of the city’s past. We set out to create something iconic and timeless for San Antonio and believe the Frost Tower achieves just that.”

Recipient of hundreds of awards for design excellence, including over 40 design awards from local, regional, and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Pelli Clarke Pelli is known for designing major urban landmarks across the globe.

“There is no place like San Antonio and there is no bank like Frost, each is unique,” said Fred Clarke, Co-Founder and Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli. “Contributing a singular building housing a visionary and civically minded institution to this extraordinary city is the project of a lifetime. For my colleagues and me, it is both a responsibility and a great joy.”

In June 2015, the City of San Antonio (COSA) approved a public-private partnership agreement between Weston Urban, Frost, and COSA. Bexar County also played a significant role, facilitating the completion of the San Pedro Creek improvements project, which will create a park that runs alongside the site of the Frost Tower.

Internationally renowned landscape design firm GGN will design the grounds, green space, and hardscape surrounding Frost Tower. The founding principal of GGN, Kathryn Gustafson, brings over 30 years of distinguished practice to her partnerships in Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London. Her diverse works are known as groundbreaking and contemporary design. Weston Urban also partnered with Dallas-based KDC on the finance, design, and construction of the Frost Tower.

July 14, 2016

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