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Architect Search is on to Lead Concept Design for Alamo Museum next to The Alamo

Feature Photo (above): View of the buildings across from Alamo Plaza where the new Alamo Museum is to be located. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 8-1-2018

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — The Alamo Master Plan Management Committee has issued a Request for Qualifications for architectural services to lead the conceptual design of a new Alamo Museum, to be located across Alamo Street from The Alamo.

This is a General Land Office solicitation on behalf of the Management Committee, which is comprised of the State of Texas, the City of San Antonio and the private Alamo Endowment.

The Alamo Museum is a component of a broad master plan intended to redevelop the original grounds where the 1836 battle took place between a Mexican army and a rebel Texian force. The Mission San Antonio de Valero where the battle took place was constructed in 1718.

Several historically significant buildings exist on the site where the museum is to be located. The current tenants include, but are not limited to the San Antonio Official Visitor Information Center, a Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Tomb Rider 3D, and the 1718 Prime Steak House.

Source: GLO RFQ for Alamo Museum.

Source: GLO RFQ for Alamo Museum.

The Management Committee, in an introductory statement for the RFQ that was issued July 30, said, “With the initial planning nearing completion, we are ready to take the next step–identifying and hiring a creative visionary for one of the largest components of the project–the new museum building.

“The Alamo Master Plan Committee is adamant that the design firm hired have an outstanding and relevant resume including excellent references for work done on museum building design. The firm selected must share the committee’s desire to develop a museum on par with the world’s best.”

The museum, once completed, must be well integrated with the redesigned Alamo site. The Management Committee expects the museum to engage, inspire and educate visitors.

“The design goal is a 130,000-sq. ft. world-class visitor center and museum along the western edge of the historic footprint. The facility will include approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space,” according to the RFQ.

Source: GLO RFQ for Alamo Museum.

Source: GLO RFQ for Alamo Museum.

In addition to gallery spaces, the building program will have an entry with ticketing and a security checkpoint for the historic site. It will have facilities for a large-scale media based experience. The building (or buildings) will include a rooftop terrace with restaurant overlooking the entire Alamo grounds.

The RFQ solicitation is specific to the design of the Museum Building, and shall include space planning, interior design of guest spaces and exterior facade design. The starting point for this design effort shall be the Agreed Vision and Guiding Principles, the Master Plan previously approved by the City Council and the GLO, and the Comprehensive Interpretive Plan that is currently in the final stages of development.

An initial program of spaces, anticipated visitor flow, and initial building massing will be provided as a deliverable of the Comprehensive Interpretive Plan, the RFQ states.

“A separate and concurrent solicitation is being issued for an Architect of Record that is licensed in the State of Texas. At that future time, the Alamo Master Plan Management Committee will be issuing an RFQ inviting finalists for this Solicitation for Museum Design Firms to team with finalists for the Architect of Record in order to respond with a comprehensive proposal for an integrated comprehensive team. The future RFQ will include a request for local engineering firms to be included.”

The Management Committee will oversee the Museum Architectural Design RFQ and future RFQ process as well as the Museum Design. NGOgro LLC and PGAVE Destinations will assist under a separate contract.

The Management Committee will award the contract. However, the contract will be between the GLO and the design firm.

Source: GLO RFQ for Alamo Museum.

Source: GLO RFQ for Alamo Museum.

The deadline for submittal of RFQ responses is Aug. 24, and the competing firms will be shortlisted by Sept. 30. Interviews will follow and a contract award and execution will take place between Oct. 15-31.

The notice to proceed will occur Nov. 1 and the concept design phase is schedule for a November to February 2019 time-frame. Schematic designs will be worked out through the rest of 2019 and into early 2020. The bidding process has been entered for a similar time period–Feb. 2019-June 2020.

Construction is to begin June 2020 and be substantially complete by December 2022. The museum opens March 2023.


adolfo@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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