Tech Port Center + Arena
Features & Highlights
- 130,000-square-foot Innovation Center to host a variety of users
- 3,200-person multipurpose technology arena/exhibit hall with reconfigurable seating and broadcasting capabilities
- Center will serve as an incubator, connector and showcase of ideas, talent, education and technology
Sundt constructed a 130,000-square-foot Innovation Center at Port San Antonio, a large technology and innovation campus just southwest of downtown San Antonio. The large technology and innovation campus is a state-of-the-art facility that features multiple components, beginning with a 3,200-person multipurpose arena on the building’s southeast side. The arena boasts a massive 60-by-20-foot media wall, eight Tesla coils, and reconfigurable seating to host up to 4,000 people at a time. It is designed to host e-sports tournaments, concerts, product launches and large training programs.
Other components include a new home for the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT), a showroom to demonstrate technological innovations, and a large 24-hour electronic gaming area and full-scale food hall. The facility also features a “maker space” laboratory, which provides scalable space and prototyping/fabrication equipment to support universities, startup ventures and mature industry sectors in their collaborative research and development efforts. Technology integrated throughout the facility gives it global reach. The teleconferencing systems allow for greater collaboration among public and private research entities. The building is also equipped with broadcasting capabilities to stream entertainment and other content developed at the innovation center in real time to audiences that number in the millions.
From the start of construction, Sundt kept pace with project deadlines, including site work during which crews placed 62,000 tons of aggregate base to complete the 109,000-square-foot building pad, an activity planned to take a month but completed within a week with double shifts. The project team actively re-sequenced their work to meet project deadlines, and the project was delivered on time and under budget.
The Innovation Center is located in the heart of the 1,900-acre Port San Antonio campus, home to over 80 employers and their more than 14,000 employees that include leading names in aerospace, cybersecurity, robotics, defense, and other advanced operations.
2022 ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Project Award