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Frost Tower, the first downtown office high-rise to join San Antonio’s skyline in three decades, has reached its full height and will open for business next year.

Weston Urban CEO Randy Smith played a central role in negotiating the deal and selecting the world-renowned architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli and is overseeing construction.

In today’s episode, he explains what went into the deal, what Frost wanted out of it, and how the architects – including one who was born a few blocks away at the Nix Hospital – approached it.

Join me every Friday for Just This. Listen in and send us your feedback. Produced by Photo Editor Scott Ball, Just This will be available here on the Rivard Report and on iTunes and Stitcher at 5 a.m.

Rick Casey's career spans four decades of award-winning reporting on San Antonio. He previously worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News.