San Pedro Creek Culture Park Phase 1 Segment 1
Features & Highlights
- The Culture Park was SARA’s first CMAR project.
- The Joint Venture team identified $5 million in potential value-engineering ideas.
The initial phase of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park included reconstructing .5 miles of the existing creek into a world-class urban linear park. This flood control project removed land and structures from the 100-year-old floodplain by widening and lowering the creek. Additionally, the project restores the ecosystem that once lived in the creek, improves water quality, acts as a catalyst for economic development, and pays tribute to the birthplace of Bexar County and 300 years of history.
The project team knew they would be dealing with excessive rainfall, and they came up with a plan during preconstruction. The planned system was tested in August 2017 when 4 inches of rain fell in four hours leaving part of the site under 11 feet of water. With the team’s innovative system in place, the water was pumped out by the next morning and crews were back at work a day later. Without the system in place, work would have been shut down for almost a week.
The project had an aggressive schedule; it had to be completed for the City of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary. The project team successfully delivered, and the grand opening of the new San Pedro Creek Culture Park occurred alongside the city’s 300th anniversary celebration on May 5, 2018.
Awards & Accolades
2019 NAWIC Outstanding Achievement Award
2019 APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award: Environment | $25-$75M category
2018 ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Project, Landscape category
2018 Texas Society of Architects’ Citation of Honor
2018 Mayor’s Choice Award – Best Project
2018 ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Award – Water and Wastewater Gold Medal (Grand Award Winner 1 of 16)
2018 Best of the City Ongoing Transformation Award – San Antonio Magazine
2019 San Antonio Business Journal Building San Antonio Awards – Best Government/Public Project