SAN ANTONIO — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio honored Muñoz & Company last week with the Unbuilt Merit Award for the San Pedro Creek Feasibility Study. Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) contracted with Muñoz & Company to undertake the San Pedro Creek Feasibility Study in attempt to reconnect people and water, protect life and property, and celebrate culture and history.
“We assembled a top notch team to reimagine San Pedro Creek and we are very proud of their work,” recognized County Judge Nelson Wolff. “San Pedro Creek is the birthplace of San Antonio and the physical state of the creek should resemble its historical and cultural significance to our community. I think Muñoz & Company did an incredible job of that.”
In May 2013, the San Pedro Creek Feasibility Study was completed and the Bexar County Commissioners Court allocated $125 million toward the completion of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project. The study explored opportunities for containing the 100-year floodplain, restoring and improving water quality and the creek’s natural functions, reconnecting people to the community’s storied and historic natural resource, and catalyzing further economic development in San Antonio.
“Under this design, the birthplace of San Antonio is receiving the respect and the veneration that it has not received in our city’s modern development. The team did a good job of making sure that urbanization is not at the expense of culture; it is a design that exemplifies cultural urbanism. By and large the design lends itself to all facets of this project – creating a people place, encouraging economic development and providing protection from flooding,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo.
“The feasibility study created by Muñoz & Company now serves as the inspiration for the ongoing design phase where these concepts are becoming further defined with the input of stakeholders from throughout the community,” said Suzanne Scott, SARA General Manager. Bexar County and SARA will seek further public input on the designs presented in the feasibility study on December 6 at a public workshop. The workshop will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Scott invites all residents to participate in the workshop to provide feedback on the developing designs to ensure that the redevelopment of San Pedro Creek meets the hopes and desires of the community.
“This is an important recognition of the historic collaboration of Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority and Muñoz & Company. We truly believe that as this design becomes a reality, San Pedro Creek as a community park and an important urban space will be a national model of cultural creativity and urban planning that reflects the shifting demographics of the United States in the 21st Century,” said Henry R. Muñoz III, CEO of Muñoz & Company.
To view the feasibility report in detail and to follow the development of the design for the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, please visit www.spcproject.org. For more information on the public workshop, please contact Bridget Hinze at (210) 302-3257 or [email protected].
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) was created by the 45th Texas Legislature on May 5, 1937 and reorganized in 1961 to plan, manage and implement water-related programs and projects within the San Antonio River Watershed. The State of Texas empowered SARA to preserve, protect and manage the resources and the ecology of the San Antonio River and its tributaries. To learn more about the SARA, visit our website at www.sara-tx.org.