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Bexar County Justice Center – Phase II

The expansion takes the form of an 11-story high-rise addition to the south façade of the existing Justice Center (also an Alta Architects project) where significant effort was taken to maintain the integrity of the existing south entry and related sunken courtyard, including restoration and re-use of existing stone sculptural elements designed and fabricated by renowned Texas artist Sandy Stein. The architectural style of the building reflects the serious, important nature of the County justice system, and incorporates the same native materials as the original Justice Center.

The Expansion is a Design-Build project utilizing bridging documents. Alta (formerly Muñoz & Company) was a member of the Zachry Design-Build team.

The Justice Center Expansion provides primarily additional office space including additional file storage and office areas for the County Clerk and District Clerks, new conference rooms, additional office space for the District Attorney’s office, as well as a new executive penthouse for the County Commissioner’s offices and support staff.  The project is designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED Silver Certification utilizing among other “green” practices, the collection of condensate from the mechanical systems for irrigation.

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Project Owner: Bexar County

Size:  518,000 SF.

Scope:  Addition/New Construction

Firm’s Responsibility:
Prime Architect.

Full service architectural and interior design services.

Benito Polendo, AIA

Project Manager:
Sam Poland, AIA, LEED AP

Project Architect:
Rob Reiter, AIA, LEED AP.

MEP: Goetting & Associates
Structural: Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates
Civil: Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates
Landscape: Bender Wells Clark Design

Relationship with Owner:
Since 1990

Construction Cost:
$55 Million

Final Construction Cost:
$68 Million

Contract Delivery Method:
Design Build

Substantial Completion:
June 2011

Design Start – Finish:
Feb 2008 – March 2009

Construction Notice to Proceed:
October 2008

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