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Webinar – Mass Timber Enables Beauty, Warmth and Functional Design in The Soto

April 8, 2020 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Join us at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern

At six stories and 140,000 square feet, The Soto is a model of sustainable design. Developed by Hixon Properties, it is the first phase of an 8.5-acre mixed-use area in San Antonio that will include food and beverage, entertainment, office, apartment, and retail. The primary design direction was to provide a unique and beautiful workplace that appeals to tenants, is highly flexible, and incorporates technologies that make the building operationally efficient and sustainable. Mass timber helped achieve many of these objectives. In this presentation, the architects will share valuable insights and lessons learned from the design and permitting phases of this under construction project. The Soto, Spanish for a “grove of trees” or “small forest,” represents the building’s material origin and its location a stone’s throw from the San Antonio River.


Todd Wascher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Lake|Flato

Todd Wascher’s designs foster meaningful and lasting relationships between building occupants and the natural environment, demonstrating excellence in the art of building, the science of sustainability and love for the natural landscape. An Associate Partner at Lake|Flato, Todd has over a decade of experience with commercial development and master planning. His projects have included the renowned Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan, which was recognized with a Global Charter Award for Urban Design by the Congress for New Urbanism, a master plan and expansion for the Witte Museum, and the new Magdelana Boutique Hotel. A native San Antonian, Todd is an active member of the AIA San Antonio Urban Design Committee and serves on the Program Committee of the Urban Land Institute.

Mike Smith, AIA, BOKA Powell

Mike holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Texas and is a registered architect in Texas and Arizona. With over 45 years of experience, Mike acknowledges that beautifully-designed, well-built architecture is the result of extensive collaboration and works diligently to help guide and facilitate the contributions made by all members of the design team. Over the course of his career, Mike has contributed to a variety of civic landmarks, such as the award-winning Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as well as successful urban infill projects like Lamar Union. Most recently, Mike was among winners of the Austin AIA Tiny Victories competition to aid the chronically homeless in Austin.

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Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved).

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April 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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