Palo Alto College Multiple Building Renovations

Client: Palo Alto College, Alamo Colleges

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Type: Interior/exterior renovations

Size: 75,449 GSF total

Lopez Salas Architects provided Facilities Analysis & Assessments, Cost Estimates, Programming, Architectural Design Services for the renovation of multiple buildings that included 5 Classroom buildings, Student Center, Counseling Center, entry lobby and connecting covered walkways.

The buildings were gutted inside and renovated to modernize them and consolidate smaller classrooms to create larger education spaces to better serve current needs. Interior renovation included new floor ceilings and wall finishes throughout all classrooms and corridors. Renovations included the total removal and replacement of the exterior masonry, windows, EIFS and windows, and re-roofing. Complete renovation of all restroom facilities and updated state-of-the-art Information Technology systems and equipment was provided. LSA was also engaged to provide a furniture package and provide for new landscaping. The exterior skin was complete ly replaced with an integral color concrete block that gave the building a much more clean and refined look.

Renovations to the buildings on the Palo Alto College campus included the consolidation of two buildings into the new Palomino Center (19,221 GSF), San Marcos Hall (12,048 GSF Business Bldg.) Guadalupe Hall (13,104 GSF Social Sciences Building) Frio Hall (13,104 GSF Math and Science Building, Nueces Hall (14,834 GSF Applied Science Building) and the Education Building.

Design components of the lab classrooms in the Applied Science Building included computer terminals, specimen storage areas and general storage rooms, sink areas, emergency shower, autoclave, locker rooms, laboratory work tables, and high-tech AV equipment.

As lead architect on the design-build team, LSA did the initial assessment, as well as developed and prepared the design development and construction documents. Work included construction administration and coordination with Alamo Colleges and design-build team members.

It is often difficult to find someone who possesses the talent, creativity, and expertise necessary to create a vision this reflective of San Antonio's culture. Palo Alto College is fortunate to have found such a person. Working with Mr. Robert Lopez and his staff for the past seven years, he and his team have designed several buildings for our college and have done a wonderful job in capturing the essence of the community.

Dr. Ana “Cha” Guzman

Former President, Palo Alto College