By Katherine Garcia
The Alamo Colleges has plans to build a new administration complex at 2222 N. Alamo St., also known as Playland Park.
The site was purchased on July 18, 2008, for $4.131 million with plans to build a central district headquarters.
In a board of trustees meeting Oct. 22, 2008, students and faculty senate shared their opposition for the estimated $131 million district headquarters.
The complex proposal was dropped from the agenda in December after the protest, and the property remained undeveloped. The property has only been used for overflow parking for this college since fall 2012.
A shuttle from Lewis and West Dewey North of Fletcher Administration Center currently takes students to Playland Park every 15 minutes.
A request for bids for developing the Playland site was published in the March 2 issue of the San Antonio Express-News. The request for bids does not give a construction start or completion date.
“There is no timeline,” John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities, said Thursday in a phone interview. He added that the number of proposals received would have to be evaluated before a timeline could be assessed.
The request for proposals said a partnership would either involve a public-private partnership, like the one used to build Tobin Lofts, or through an “offer to exchange a qualifying existing property.”
The properties available for exchange are headquarters at 811 W. Houston St.; Killen Center at 201 W. Sheridan St.; and the Northeast Center at 7990 Pat Booker Road in Live Oak.
If a bidder proposes an alternate vacant site, then it will be considered, Strybos said.
According to the request, the new complex would be 146,166 assignable square feet and 224,870 gross square feet
The assignable square footage is designated for rooms and offices, and gross square footage accounts for hallways, mechanical spaces and restrooms, Strybos said Wednesday.
The chancellor’s suite would be 2,795 assignable square feet and 4,300 gross square feet; the internal auditing office would be 1,210 assignable square feet and 1,862 gross square feet; the office of legal services and ethics and compliance would be 2,093 assignable square feet and 3,219 gross square feet; and the institutional advancement office would be 2,613 assignable square feet and 4,019 gross square feet.
The board room, part of the 15,540 gross square foot conference center, would be 2,000 assignable square feet and accommodate the nine board members and 120 guests.
The nonvoting student trustee, approved by the board Feb. 18, was not factored into the calculations.
The chancellor’s suite would have an 80-assignable-square-foot private restroom and shower.
A panic button would also be installed that alerts district police if the chancellor or his staff are being threatened.
The legal services and ethics and compliance office would also have a panic button.
The request for bids also includes building space for expansion of the district personnel.
• Two staff workstations at 64 assigned square feet in the internal auditing office.
• Two private offices at 64 assigned square feet for administrators in the legal services and ethics and compliance office.
• One private office for the director of gift support and the director of planned giving at 180 assigned square feet each in the institutional advancement office.
• One private office for the major gifts officer and a private office for staff at 140 assigned square feet each also in the institutional advancement office.
• One workstation of 64 assigned square feet in the records management office and in the treasury office.
• Two staff workstations, each 64 assigned square feet, in the institutional advancement office; vice chancellor for finance and administrative services suite; the budget office; the accounts payable office; the associate vice chancellor of human resources and organizational development office; the compensation, benefits and human resources records office; and the employee services office; the risk management office; the organizational development, learning and talent management office; the police office; and the vice chancellor of planning, performance and information systems suite.
• An administrative assistant’s workstation of the same dimensions, two workstations for HR / Oracle Programmer Analysts, a 180 assigned square foot private office for the director of staffing and a 140 assigned square foot private office for a staffing and placement specialist for the human resources and organizational development office.
• Twelve staff workstations, each 64 assigned square feet, in the student financial services office.
• Three staff workstations, each 64 assigned square feet, for the general accounting office and the purchasing office.
• Four staff workstations of the same dimensions in the business office and the vice chancellor of planning, performance and information systems suite.
• Four more Lighthouse Program staff workstations in the police office.
• Two private office for benefits coordinator at 140 assigned square feet in the benefits office and the human research records office.
• Two private staff offices of the same dimension in the risk management office.
• An administrative assistant workstation at 64 assigned square feet in the reception/waiting area.
Strybos said the number of hires cannot be determined based on the number of new rooms being added for “future” hires.
Areas listed as “vacant” in the notes are those without a current employee, but they are built in case future employee positions are filled, Strybos said.
“It has to be sized to accommodate future growth,” he said.
Areas with “high density” notes, such as record storage in the institutional research and effectiveness services, are marked as such because of the large amount of records they hold.
A conference regarding the request for bids will be at 3 p.m. April 3 in Room 218 of the nursing complex at this college.
Prospective bidders do not have to attend the meeting to submit a proposal.
Bids or proposals can be mailed to Alamo Colleges Purchasing and Contract Administration Department, 1300 San Pedro Ave., Box 693, San Antonio, TX 78212.
Bids also can be delivered to 1743 N. Main Ave., Building 41, Room 101.
The request for bids ends May 20. Proposals will not be opened until all are received.