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  • The original Frost Bank Tower at 100 W. Houston Street. Image: Google Maps.

San Antonio: Design-Build RFQs Out for $76M Frost Bank Tower Renovation

Posted: 5-8-2018

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) – The City of San Antonio is circulating a Request for Qualifications to Design-Build firms for design and construction services for the renovation of the old Frost Bank Tower.

The 22-story Frost Bank Tower at 100 W. Houston St. was acquired by the city during negotiations for the construction of a new Frost Tower by developer Weston Urban.

The Downtown City Office Building Project will begin with the selection of one or more Design-Build firms. The city will qualify up to five firms. Those candidates will be invited to participate in a solicitation process that will involve the submission of additional requested information and possibly interviews.

This is considered to be a $75.8 million total cost project. The estimated design-build contract value is $57 million, including furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The project is scheduled to be substantially complete by January 2020.

All 22 stories of the building are to be renovated. The tower was originally completed in 1975 and has a height of about 300 feet, an area of 501,673 gross square feet of which about 361,000 square feet can be assigned.

It includes an 8-story parking garage with 732 vehicle spaces. The parking garage is older, having been constructed in 1962.

“When renovated, the building will hold 23 City departents and approximately 1,500 City employees, consolidating several departments,” the RFQ states. “The project may also provide five floors for tenant offices in the tower and some retail space on the street level.”

There are plans install several amenities in the lower level concourse; these include an exercise/wellness center, conference/meeting spaces, cafeteria/food service, and a Library department.

There will be a pre-submittal conference May 14. RFQ responses are due June 1 and RFPs for short-listed firms will be processed in July.

For details on the RFQ, see VBX Project ID 2015-152E.

Entrance to the old Frost Bank Tower. It is scheduled to be converted into the Downtown City Office Building. Image: Google Maps.

Entrance to the old Frost Bank Tower. It is scheduled to be converted into the Downtown City Office Building. Image: Google Maps.


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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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