SAN ANTONIO, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass is set to become an even more prominent part of the San Antonio landscape by announcing today that it will claim some choice square footage inside Weston Centre, the city's tallest office building, which will display the bank's logo prominently atop the building's north and south sides, illuminating it at night.
The bank signed a lease earlier this month and will move to the center of the city's financial district by early to mid-2017. BBVA Compass will occupy 9,600 square feet in the lobby for a retail branch, and 19,000 square feet on the second floor for corporate offices.
"BBVA Compass has a solid record of investing in the San Antonio area and we have deep roots within the community," said BBVA Compass San Antonio Market CEO Andrea Smith. "Our move gives us an even stronger presence and allows us to better serve our community by taking part in downtown's ongoing revitalization. The sign is a visual that reinforces our commitment to banking on a brighter future for our customers and all of San Antonio."
Weston Centre will undertake extensive renovations to the new BBVA Compass space. Offices on the second floor will boast an open space layout to maximize collaboration and innovation. The offices will feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies, shared public spaces, collaboration areas and private meeting rooms.
The workspaces will be modeled after those at BBVA Compass Plaza in Houston and those in the Dallas corporate offices after their renovations.
Mona Ghawi, president of Weston Properties, LC, the management company for Weston Centre, expressed pride in the bank's decision to enter into a lease with her company, saying, "BBVA Compass is the perfect tenant for this space in our building. We are very pleased to partner with a tenant of this caliber, which made the decision to place the bank's name at the top of our building an easy one. We know that BBVA, with its broad, international reach, was the right choice and are delighted it has selected Weston Centre for its headquarters in the San Antonio region."
Mike Sawtelle, with CBRE's Advisory & Transaction Services, represented BBVA Compass in lease negotiations. Steve Thomas and Lindsey Tucker, also with CBRE, represented Weston Centre.
BBVA Compass' efforts to connect and build up the city are multifaceted. It recently donated $1 million to San Antonio-based LiftFund, the nation's largest nonprofit microlender, and added the Spurs' Becky Hammon, the first full-time female coach in the NBA, to its roster of brand ambassadors.
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 674 branches, including 345 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 75 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (4th). BBVA Compass recently earned top nods for best mobile app and best regional bank in the South & West in Money magazine's annual list of the Best Banks in America. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com.
About Weston Centre
An unmistakable landmark on San Antonio's skyline at 112 East Pecan Street, Weston Centre is the city's premier, Class A office building, conveniently located on the renowned River Walk, with over 300 feet of river frontage. Built in 1988 and originally planned as the headquarters building for NBC Bank, Weston Centre is the tallest office building in San Antonio today. Since 1992, Weston Centre has been owned by the Weston family, which has focused on making available to tenants and visitors state-of-the-art building technology unparalleled in office buildings in the city, including free Wi-Fi hotspots in the lobby and the outside plazas. The building's tenants include some of the best-known businesses in San Antonio. Within walking distance of county and municipal offices, financial institutions, world-class shopping, eateries and hotels, Weston Centre is Downtown's Best Address.
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