Architectural and interior design services needed to transform a former warehouse building into a Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 annex capable of servicing resident within this jurisdiction and solving Bexar County’s need for a new precinct with enough square footage to accommodate its staff, end users and offer better space planning for multiple offices, courtrooms and administrative space to conduct business.
The scope of work included the adaptive-reuse of the existing building for a new 23,254 square foot Justice of the Peace courtroom building and finish-out to include a main courtroom, constable and admin offices, DA office and clerk office, civil offices, Judge’s chambers parking lot expansion, and facade addition for new main entrance. This was the second assigned project by Bexar County under the Fiscal Year 2016-17 and 2017-18 Architectural Services contract with Bexar County.
Architectural and interior design services for 3 buildings – the new Control building, OSG building, and electrical buildings at the Agua Vista Site. The 2,905 SF control building is a single-sloped pre-engineered metal building with a main entrance lobby, offices, field lab and workstation room, as well as control room, break room, storage, janitor’s closet, electrical room, IT server room, mechanical room, workshop room, men’s and women’s restrooms with showers and lockers. The break room is a multi-purpose area that can be used a a general large meeting area for facility training and tour presentations. The 1,950 SF electrical building houses the medium voltage motor control center for the Stone Oak pump station high service pumps and the low voltage switchboard for distribution of 480V power throughout the site. The building is a single-story rectangular PEMB structure. The OSG building is a 1,985 SF one-story CMU building with a parapet with single-sloped roof to the south of the french drain. The building consists of a sodium hypochlorite generation room, a pump room, and an electrical room.
Lopez Salas Architects provided interior design and finish-out of the new 58,373 square foot H2Oaks Center Operations/Visitor Center including the lobby/reception area with its massive water-themed art wall, offices, main entry and corridor, public restrooms, multi-use conference room/auditorium, storage, audio/visual room, serving and prep kitchen, break room and public relations office. The facility includes a central operations command center, multiple offices, research and development, large conference room, and plant operations equipment rooms. The center functions as an educational, research, and meeting facility for SAWS, local universities and school districts. It is designed to be a learning tool to all age groups with free tours of informative displays about water conservation and how the plant functions.
SAWS Brackish Groundwater Desalination Plant produces 12 million gallons of clean water per day from 3 different sources, enough to supply 53,000 households. The plant is located at the existing SAWS Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery site located in Wilson County.
The Mission Critical six-story, 243,797 square foot blast-resistant Headquarters centralizes and improves life safety services by integrating new data and security system technologies and providing much-needed space for 386 police staff and 96 fire department staff.
Built of cast-in-place concrete, the 6-story office building features a glass atrium on the top three floors. A steel and glass lobby connects the first two floors with the adjacent parking garage, which includes built-out office space and infrastructure for a future solar array. The project includes a separate 266,040 9-story parking garage with 662 parking spaces.
LSA’s role is the local Architect of Record for the Design-Build Team led by Hensel Phelps and Fentress Architects of Denver, Colorado. Work on construction documents included interior elevations for the administration building, reflected ceiling plans, garage floor plans and elevations, work on finish floor plans for the administration and first floor of garage and finish & interior schedules. LSA also created construction documents for the fueling station to serve as a downtown City and County fleet facility with car wash.
LSA provided construction administration and performed weekly punch list site walk-throughs and quality control oversight.
Architectural design for a 14,408 square foot Public Safety building that will provide a new home of for the Buda Police Department with multiple office spaces for police administration, investigation and dispatch functions. The building will provide easy access at a prominent main entry and a gated enclosure for secure officer parking. The secure yet welcoming reception area will provide for public interactions with the Department and a community meeting room for public meetings and interdepartmental training. Showers and locker rooms will support the Department’s officers and staff. For quick response to community needs, the parking lot will have two egress routes leading to Main Street. The city staff and police department have been involved in every step of the design process, helping to tailor the architectural design to fit the multitude of specific needs of the Buda Police Department and creating a space with which BPD will serve its citizens.
The 3,042 square foot Parks Maintenance building will serve city staff with Parks office space, storage and a shared break room and outside dining patio for Public Works and the Parks Maintenance crew, as well as two truck maintenance service bays. It is equipped for roof-top solar photovoltaic. The building is located west of the existing Public Works building on Garison Road.
Lopez Salas Architects provided architectural and interior design renovations of an existing 115,000 square foot building. The project involves the repair/renovation of the 3rd floor to provide an instructional wing for JIEDDO offices.
The new offices will house 50 personnel to be relocated from building 955 and provide official spaces to conduct the Joint IED Research Program. Renovations of approximately 4,000 square feet of space include replacement of light fixtures, carpeting, furring around room walls, providing finishes, HVAC upgrades, replacing hallway finishes feeding into rooms, renovations of two bathrooms, and installation of communication line drops.
The new Consolidated Rental Car facility (ConRAC) is slated to be the flagship project of the City of San Antonio Aviation and CIMS divisions and will serve as a convenient, one-stop central parking and rental car service portal for travelers at the San Antonio International Airport. The $140 million facility consists of a 7-story 1,570,316 gross square foot rental car center and a 4-story quick turnaround area (QTA).
The project will feature a customer service center with 40,848 square foot of conditioned space and 4,800 SF of Support offices, multi-level quick turnaround bays with approximately 54 fueling positions, associated car washes, and maintenance bays. The garage will provide effective connections to airport roadway systems, integration with existing parking systems, and provide connecting ramps between terminals to enhance traffic flow.
The final design of the new stat-of-the-art facility will showcase the flavor of San Antonio and its heritage. They will demolish the existing short-term parking lot for the new structure. The facility will plan for additional space for retail opportunities. The garage will provide effective communications to airport roadway systems, integration with existing parking systems, and provide connecting ramps between terminals for enhanced traffic flow. The project is seeking LEED Silver certification.
The new 35,200 square foot state-of-the-art joint use Emergency Operations Center is capable of responding 24/7 to catastrophic, all hazard events and allows for seamless integration between city, county, regional, state, and federal emergency management personnel.
As a secure command and control center, key features include a central command operations room, an emergency planning/policy room that can accommodate 25 participants and 32 support personnel, a media briefing room, administrative and support space, a data center, redundant communications systems and electrical backup generator system designed to accommodate sustained activation.
The Operations Room and Data Centers are equipped with redundant mechanical and electrical systems for emergency power, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. In addition to EOC operations, the facility houses the City’s 311 Call Center. The Emergency Planning/Policy Room is equipped with a moveable glass wall divider that allows auditory privacy while providing full view into the Operations Room. There is also a space for regional medical operations support, including a Web EOC that provides current information on all available local and regional hospital beds.
A large break room and exterior patio provide opportunities for stress reduction for the emergency staff. LSA developed and prepared the design development and construction documents, as well as the exterior design and interior architectural design of the facility. Work included construction administration and coordination with the City of San Antonio and consultants.
Architectural and interior design for a new 3-story Courthouse building with county offices and courtrooms. The 43,000 square foot Courthouse is located directly across from the “old” historic courthouse.
The new building was designed to respect the rich architectural heritage of the old courthouse while providing the county with a “state of the art” facility. The new courthouse provided both County and District courtrooms, and all necessary departments and offices for county government. An additional 8,000 sq. ft. shell space was designed into the third floor for future expansion.