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San Antonio’s electric utility HQ to transform into a modern office building

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San Antonio’s electric utility HQ to transform into a modern office building

The $10 million renovation will create 100,000 square feet of office and retail space with views of the city’s famed River Walk.

By Novid Parsi, Contributing Editor | June 13, 2022
146 Navarro ext 1
Courtesy Gensler.

In San Antonio, Tex., the former headquarters of CPS Energy, the city’s electric utility, is slated to transform into 100,000 square feet of office and retail space on San Antonio’s famed River Walk. BH Properties recently released its $10 million renovation plan for 146 Navarro.

Constructed in 1987, 146 Navarro has not been updated in decades. With the renovation project, each of the building’s three 28,000-square-foot cantilevered floors of office space will undergo a complete transformation to meet the modern needs of multiple tenants. The design, created by Gensler, takes advantage of the nine-foot floor heights, 1,500-square-foot wraparound patios, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed views of the River Walk and downtown San Antonio.  

Each of the three office levels will have large, open floorplates with private, stepped-back terraces overlooking the river. The office component will sit on top of the once-private seven-story garage, which will be opened to the public to provide more than 600 parking spaces. 

BH Properties will introduce about 20,000 square feet of street-level retail, including a two-story restaurant with views of the river. In addition to the restaurant and bar, the ground floor will be further activated with covered terraces connecting to the River Walk. An enhanced lobby will feature an extruded glass box and metal panels. And BH will create several individual 750- to 1,500-square-foot retail pods on a new pocket park plaza.

The design also will include spaces for murals. Concepts will be sourced through a public art competition organized with Centro San Antonio, a placemaking organization focused on downtown San Antonio.


Building Team:

Owner and developer: BH Properties

Design architect: Gensler

MEP engineer: Alderson & Associates, Inc.

Structural engineer: Architectural Engineers Collaborative

Landscaping: MP Studio

General contractor/construction manager: Skanska

146 Navarro ext 2
Courtesy Gensler.
146 Navarro ext 3
Courtesy Gensler.


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