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December 11, 2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Merchant’s Ice Site
1305 E. Houston
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Please join ULI San Antonio’s Young Leaders for a morning Coffee Talk (+ Tacos) with executives from the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF) and VelocityTX to preview their redevelopment plans for TRTF’s Innovation District at the former Merchant’s Ice Complex at 1305 E. Houston Street.

TRTF has been significantly contributing to the development of the life science and technology sectors of San Antonio’s economy for over 30 years. In continued dedication to that mission, the organization purchased a 5-acre, abandoned historical site on the near east side of downtown on Houston Street. The site includes five buildings: the main building is the original multi-story Merchant’s Ice and Cold Storage facility, which will retain its historical designation, and the other four buildings on the site are single-story former cold storage warehouses of lift slab construction.

Development plans are to establish an Innovation District that includes a life science start up accelerator, a large life science manufacturer, a medical research facility, office space, conference facilities, a learning resource center for the community, a collision center and a hotel. The project incorporates green building into the design and will be completed in four phases that will span from 2019 – 2025.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get a preview of the great things to come before the construction begins.


Upon arrival, come to the patio in the center of the campus.
7:30am-8:00am – Check-in, breakfast tacos, coffee and networking
8:00am-8:30am – TRTF presentation on the vision, overview, phased redevelopment plan, and Innovation District concept + Q&A
8:30am-9:00am – Tour of 3 buildings on the east side of the property.


Randy Harig, CEO / Texas Research & Technology Foundation + VelocityTX
CEO, J. Randolph “Randy” Harig is the liaison with the TRTF Board of Directors in all aspects of the VelocityTX Innovation Center to ensure continued alignment with its mission. He is the lead in cultivating partnerships in the life science ecosystem. Randy has 42 years’ experience in the life science industry in sales, marketing, executive and ownership positions. As Chairman, and recently President and CEO of TRTF, Randy direct its focus on VelocityTX and the Life Science Innovation District.

York Duncan, Executive VP, Texas Research & Technology Foundation
EVP York Duncan leads development projects for TRTF and will manage the Innovation Center development project. He has served in various positions with the Foundation for 28 years, most recently transitioning from CEO and President. Manufacturing facility development projects he’s lead have resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs. He has successfully managed federal and local grants and collaborated with public and private partners.

Lyndsay Thorn, Architect, Thorn Graves
The Principal/Lead Architect of Thorn Graves is Lyndsay Thorn who has 25 years of experience in the architectural profession. A member of the American Institute of Architects and other local and national professional associations, he has extensive experience in historical renovation and rehabilitation for dozens of public and private buildings including Alamo Plaza.


Free parking is available across the street at 1304 E. Houston. On street parking is also available.

PRICING (Includes breakfast tacos, juice & coffee!)
ULI Members – $10.00
Non-Members – $25.00

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