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San Antonio: Sundt Breaks Ground on Port SA Innovation Center

Feature Illustration: Exterior corner view of the future Innovation Center at Port San Antonio. Courtesy: RVK.

Posted: 11-11-2020

San Antonio (Bexar County) — The San Antonio office of Sundt Construction, Inc. recently started construction on Port San Antonio’s Innovation Center, located in the heart of the 1,900-acre technology and innovation campus.

The Innovation Center will help advance the Port’s vision of a world-class facility that promotes technologies, collaborations, education at all levels and creates well-paying jobs for the region. Learn more at www.techportsa.com.

The Innovation Center is anticipated to reach completion by early 2022. San Antonio architect RVK designed the project.

The facility will be in the heart of a campus that is already home to over 80 employers and more than 14,000 employees. These companies include leading names in the aerospace, cybersecurity, robotics and defense sectors.

“This project is transformative for the Port and the city of San Antonio,” said Jon McKelvain, Sundt’s Project Executive. “We are excited to be part of the team that’s advancing the region’s presence in the digital and cybersecurity spaces and seeing the collaboration and career opportunities the Innovation Center creates.”

VBX described this project last in an August 14 article when the Port San Antonio Board of Directors gave their notice to proceed to construction.

The 127,000-square-foot Innovation Center, located at General Hudnell Drive and 36th Street, will prominently feature a 2,500-person multipurpose arena on the building’s southeast side. The new facility will host various events, including concerts, electronic gaming, technology competitions and trade shows.

Additional components of the $53-million center will also include a new home for the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology, a showroom to demonstrate innovations being developed throughout the San Antonio community, and a “maker space” where universities, startup ventures and mature industry sectors can collaborate in the development of next-generation technologies.

“The upcoming innovation center will allow us to scale-up our strategic framework of connecting people, educators and industry in our region, across the nation and around the world,” said Port President and CEO Jim Perschbach. “To deliver a world-class facility takes top-tier partners, and we are proud to count on the expertise of the Sundt team among our collaborators.”

In 2019, Port San Antonio entered into a pre-development agreement with American Triple I Partners LLC to refine plans to build the Innovation Center. Sundt joined and supported the Triple I team during the pre-development process.

Edited from a Sundt Construction news release.

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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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