The first-of-its-kind project will transform an historic, century-old power plant into a dynamic, world-class center for clean energy innovation, entrepreneurial incubation and ideation.
San Antonio, TX, January 4, 2017 – Joeris General Contractors has been named
Situated across the San Antonio River from the historic Lone Star Brewery, EPIcenter will transform the Mission Road corridor.
Kimberly Britton, CEO for EPIcenter, said of the five highly qualified firms that submitted proposals, Joeris distinguished itself with the expertise of the team designated to lead the project, the firm’s focus on renewable energy incorporation, a commitment to safety and a hardwired strategy for interfacing with the community.
”We look forward to collaborating with Gary Joeris and his team to create a one-of-a-kind center that will lead the way in accelerating clean energy innovation,” said Britton.
The architect for EPIcenter is Lake Flato. The project manager is Project Control.
Built in 1909, the Mission Road Power Plant housed one of the city’s first steam turbo generator units, using water from the San Antonio River to cool its operation. The historic structures, including its iconic smokestack, stand as testaments to the changes in the evolving energy industry and will serve as the foundation and framework for EPIcenter.
In 2015, CPS Energy and its New Energy Economy (NEE) partners -- OCI Solar, Silver Spring
The project will include an Incubator with collaborative co-working and creative spaces for new energy start-ups; a think tank aimed at advancing the fundamentals of clean energy; a research and development workshop to discuss energy challenges and test solutions; exhibition space with interactive and structural artifacts; a 400-seat auditorium and conference Center; and outdoor venues with terraces, gardens, a restaurant and community spaces.
“We are honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with the EPIcenter leadership on this innovative project,” said Gary Joeris, CEO. “We've been committed to the San Antonio community for 50 years and there is nothing more gratifying than engaging in projects that shine a light on the amazing things happening in our great city. This is certainly one of those projects.”
The project is currently in the schematic design phase. Britton adds, “Up until now, all of the work, while impressive, has been conceptual.” Britton calls this action, “The first step to understanding the full scope of the project in terms of hard costs, square footage, specific design and engineering needs.”
The next steps are to finalize the plans for the design charrette which will be held in early February. At the charrette, leadership from the organization, the
In the interim, EPIcenter will continue its capital campaign to raise an estimated $74 million. To date, EPIcenter has received $22.2 million in cash and in-kind donations, including the property, from founding sponsors CPS Energy, OCI Solar Power, Silver Spring
Occupation of the building is planned for 2020-2021.
EPIcenter is flipping the switch on an historic 1909 power plant by transforming it into a world-class center that will be the hub for clean energy technology innovation, education and community engagement, and entrepreneurial incubation and ideation. The EPI stands for Energy, Partnerships and Innovation. Learn more at www.epicenterus.org.
Established in 1967, Joeris General Contractors has been building trust with clients, subcontractors and employees in markets ranging from Retail, Medical, Office, Industrial, K-12, Higher Education and more. The firm has constructed more than $3 billion in Texas projects, with offices in San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin. Joeris offers a range of construction management and related solutions including preconstruction services, sustainable construction, BIM, closeout and commissioning. Joeris is an employee-owned firm committed to its clients, families and communities. The company’s mission is to produce construction excellence on every project while providing a family-first workplace and investing in the future of our employees. For more information, visit www.joeris.com.