Grand Finale Nears for La Frontera

La Frontera mixed-use project is entering its final phase of development.

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Frontera Ridge, Round Rock
Frontera Ridge, Round Rock

W2 Real Estate Partners is moving forward on Frontera Ridge, the $100 million final phase of the 328-acre La Frontera mixed-use project in Round Rock.

Dubbed Frontera Ridge, the project calls for a 400,000-square-foot Class A office campus that would be expandable to 800,000 square feet. The development team—the rebranded successor to Simmons Vedder Partners—expects to receive site permits from the city of Round Rock and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by year’s end.

“Today’s tenants are extremely sophisticated,” said Steve Freche, executive vice president with W2 Real Estate Partners, in a statement. “With our design team’s experience, we have created a campus with unique, urban-like, amenities that Fortune 500 companies expect, where employees can excel and have the best quality of life.”

The office campus will be situated on 10.3 acres at the confluence of Interstate-35, SH-45, and the new North Loop-1 extension. “As rents within the CBD and around Austin’s core have reached historical highs, tenants are continuing to expand into the northwest markets – particularly as traffic concerns continue to confront the Austin area,” added Freche. “Frontera Ridge will fulfill the need for companies wanting premier office space near their employment base and area amenities.”

Frontera Ridge will target LEED Silver certification and features a cutting-edge urban design created by architect STG Design and land planner TBG Partners. The buildings will offer flexible 40,000-square-foot plates with ten- and eleven-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, and grand lobbies featuring two-level technology vision walls.

The two buildings will be connected through the Central Green. A lushly landscaped area modeled on campuses in Silicon Valley, the Central Green will incorporate special event space, a food truck plaza, outdoor lounge areas, rain gardens and shaded terraces for outdoor work and entertainment. The design will preserve the site’s 100-year-old oak trees.

Mark Greiner and Brett Arabie with Cushman & Wakefield/Oxford Commercial are managing the marketing efforts.

Rendering courtesy of W2 Real Estate Partners