The Bexar County Public Works Office Building is a state-of-the-art facility which brings together nine departments of the Public Works entities that serve Bexar County under one roof. The vision for this project, as expressed by the stakeholders, includes the following important attributes: legacy, bold design, transparency, state-of-the-art, complementary to the river, functionality, maintainable, and iconic.
The two-story, 40,000 square foot office building is located on a 3.6-acre site on the west bank of the San Antonio River, south of the main downtown area of the city, near Mission Concepción. The building is situated on the site to maximize views of the river, as well as the downtown skyline. The design of the building honors and respects the traditional diversity of San Antonio, Bexar County, and the natural setting. The building and associated site improvements will incorporate and celebrate the nature of the activities and services that the Public Works departments bring to the residents of Bexar County. The palette of materials consists of natural stone, wood grain elements, metal panels, perforated shading, gabion walls, and a natural color scheme.
Users of the building include the residents of Bexar County where they will be able to conduct all of their county business in one location, attend public meetings, and be a part of social gatherings and special events. There is a large public meeting room, plan drop off location, both indoor and outdoor gathering areas, and support facilities. The office building will be the home for nearly 80 county employees with the potential of adding twenty-five. They will reside in a secured, open concept office layout with support spaces (workrooms, restroom, circulation) in the center to maximize the natural light and views to the outside.