2 thoughts on “Frost Bank Tower Design Gains Final HDRC Approval

  1. The rendering perspective makes the building appear much thinner and taller than what it actually will seem when you stand in front of it on the sidewalk and look up. I personally think taller isn’t always better. San antonio would do better following Portland Oregon, philadelphia and Boston rather than trying for Seattle, Houston, or LA

  2. Have Alamo Architects proposed any strategies to reduce bird collisions? This type of blue reflective glass is legendary as a death trap for migrating birds, especially around street level where it’s right up against dense landscaping. It’s a design challenge for sure.

    The adjacent old Frost Bank building regularly attracts migrating birds, with its pocket bays; the nearby re-landscaping San Pedro Creek will attract birds too; lush landscaping around the new Frost Bank will draw them in too. But the new building’s sky blue reflective glass will be killing them regularly. We may not have much experience with this in San Antonio because we don’t have a lot of blue reflective glass.

    It would be VERY cutting edge to acknowledge this impact as part of the design. See the new Minneapolis Vikings stadium for a case study of what happens when it’s ignored. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/2017/03/vikings-stadium-reflector-light-murderer-birds/amp/

    Curious how this can be addressed, design-wise, without changing the color of the glass. But I’m sure architects like Irby Hightower would be sensitive to the issue, if they were aware of it.

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