Alamo Colleges, the community college district, received the city’s Historic and Design Review Commission’s (HRDC) conceptual approval for a new administrative complex. Architectural firms WestEast Design Group and Ford, Powell and Carson are heading the overall design for the new facility. The new headquarters would be located at 2222 N. Alamo Street, just east of Broadway and west of the perimeter of Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Alamo Colleges plans to bring together more than 460 employees from two longtime sites on West Houston and South Flores streets, and from a site on Pat Booker Road in Live Oak, where the old district Northeast college campus was. The two sites on Houston and South Flores are considered cramped and outdated by the district. Back in May, the district board awarded Skanska USA Building Inc. a construction contract for $45 million. The board also approved the need for a debt issuance of up to $55 million to support the project.
A citizens advisory committee earlier this fall recommended that the district go with putting the new administrative complex at 2222 N. Alamo, which most notably was once home to Playland Park. The project will consist of two structures — a two-story, 45,984-square-foot building and a three-story, 168,140-square-foot building. There also will be a two-story parking garage, measuring 58,800 square feet, and two surface parking lots.
The property will stretch to Josephine Street and Alamo College envisions the 12.6-acre property as being more than a basic, modern headquarters. There are plans to incorporate history and geography of the surrounding area for public educational purposes. This would include water features, an outdoor amphitheater, and interpretative landscaping of a path that was once part of Acequia Madre de Valero, the water system that served the Alamo mission during the Spanish colonial era. The district also plans for trails, swales, natural vegetation, outdoor commons, and buffers to surround older trees.
Check back at BexarWitness for more details as this project moves forward.