Architects work on designing new San Antonio

SARA kicking off green bulding design contest


SAN ANTONIO - Dozens of architects are starting work on designing a new San Antonio through a first-of-its-kind competition for the Alamo City.

This month, the San Antonio River Authority is kicking off a contest to find the best design for three different properties across the city.

Aside from the most modern, creative and most efficient design, SARA is looking for designs that incorporate features to improve water quality.

"We're looking for that creativity," said Aarin Teague with the San Antonio River Authority. "We're looking for how these features, these practices, can be modified, and incorporated into an overall design."

The goal of the designs is to use low impact features, like rain water collection systems, that not only conserves storm water, but also keeps it from polluting the river.

Another impact feature, Teague said, could be pavement designed in a way where rain flows to areas where it's needed.

"We want to compete because we believe in the purpose of low impact design," said Lane Wheetley, a competitor out of Forth Worth. "We know that with the growing population and growing infrastructure needs, there's a lot of reason to incorporate sustainable green approaches."

Those competing will be coming up with designs for three sites, including:

  • Hemisfair Park for urban redevelopment
  • Evers Road for green roadway
  • Port San Antonio, formerly Kelly Air Force Base

"As it redevelops, a former air force base, we want to really adopt best practices on how can we use old space and adapt to new ways of thinking," said Paco Felici with Port San Antonio.

"We want to make an example that will be studied nationwide and even abroad," said Andres Adujar, Hemisfair Park Redevelopment CEO.

The deadline to register is March 5.

A $15,000 cash prize will be given to the winner of each of the three competition categories.\

A total of 140 people signed up for the kick-off party earlier on Wednesday.

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