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DSO Construction Begins

The project, led by project manager and designer José Eduardo de la Garza, consists of flexible conference and office spaces for approximately 500 employees. The three-story, 168,000-square-foot structure will provide a campuslike arrangement of building volumes that respond to the constraints and historical features of the site, including the Acequia Madre and multiple heritage trees. Oversized breezeways, walking trails, and a natural amphitheater with limestone seating connect the ground level volumes. 

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The project, led by project manager and designer José Eduardo de la Garza, consists of flexible conference and office spaces for approximately 500 employees. The three-story, 168,000-square-foot structure will provide a campuslike arrangement of building volumes that respond to the constraints and historical features of the site, including the Acequia Madre and multiple heritage trees. Oversized breezeways, walking trails, and a natural amphitheater with limestone seating connect the ground level volumes. 

The first level of the building will be wrapped in fluted concrete tilt-up panels with wide storefront openings that connect the interior spaces with visitors, N. Alamo Street, and the surrounding covered walkways.

The second floor houses the computer servers for the entire Alamo Colleges District and requires additional security. To provide a feeling of safety and security, the second floor continues with the concrete panels but limits the fenestration to punched openings. 

The intent of the third floor is to provide a lighter mass that hovers above a pedestal. Therefore, the exterior skin is mostly composed of glass with limited metal panels. To capture the downtown San Antonio skyline, the glass begins to widen as the roof gradually slopes upward, exposing stained wood roof deck in all directions. The north façade will consist of 25-foot-high curtain-wall glazing to take full advantage of the indirect natural light and function as the unofficial front entrance to the campus.