New DSO Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
July 11, 2019
ALAMO COLLEGES DISTRICT DEDICATES NEW DSO BUILDING WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
An enthusiastic crowd gathered today at the entrance of the Alamo Colleges District’s new District Support Operations (DSO) building for a festive ribbon cutting to dedicate the new facility and introduce it to the neighboring community. On hand to speak at the celebration were Alamo Colleges District Board Chair Marcelo Casillas; Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores; Mayor Ron Nirenberg; Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; architect John Mize, managing principal with Ford, Powell & Carson, Inc.; Alternate Student Trustee Dale Sampson; and Father Kevin Fausz, CM, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, who delivered the invocation. Also in attendance were Alamo Colleges District Trustees Joe Alderete, Jr., Anna Bustamante, Dr. Yvonne Katz, Clint Kingsbery, Denver McClendon, Joe Jesse Sanchez, Dr. Gene Sprague and Roberto Zarate. As the guests arrived, they were treated to songs by the Palo Alto College a cappella quartet and greetings from the Palo Alto College Palomino and Northeast Lakeview College Nighthawk mascots. After the ribbon cutting, attendees were invited to tour the new facility at 2222N. Alamo St., which occupies the former site of historic Playland Park.
“I’ve been reinvigorated by the excitement surrounding our new facility and the greater opportunities for collaboration it brings,” said Flores. “I’m looking forward to continued engagement among our DSO staff and the Alamo Colleges District family as we come together in our new headquarters to share ideas and to celebrate our accomplishments. I am grateful to our outstanding Board of Trustees, our leadership team, our facilities department and everyone who made this new building possible, in keeping with our goal of achieving excellence in all that we do,” he added.
The imposing new 159,217-square-foot, three-story facility sits on 12.5 acres, surrounded by oak and pecan trees and water-saving landscaping. The new offices allow support staff for all of the district’s five colleges to be housed in one location for the first time, funded by debt refinancing savings and proceeds from the sale of the older surplus facilities throughout Bexar County. It includes the offices of the chancellor and vice chancellors, human resources, workforce education, student financial aid, finance and fiscal services, information technology, student success and academic success. The information technology data center and police dispatch center also are housed in the facility, providing districtwide services.
The new building also houses a 300-seat meeting room which will be used for board meetings and be available for community meetings as well. The five main conference rooms in the facility are named for the mascots at the district’s colleges. By the end of the year, a UPS store and Cyber Café will be in operation. The design also features an open-air amphitheater and a centuries-old oak and other large trees which were carefully preserved. A rock garden traces the path of a historic acequia located on the property. The building was designed by Ford, Powell & Carson and WestEast Design Group, with construction by Skanska.
At the Alamo Colleges District, high-quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community.
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