The Aviation Department completed design work and implemented 60 percent of the construction phasing for the $35 million Terminal A Modernization Project to improve Terminal A’s appearance and aesthetics to match Terminal B. Along with terminal renovations, new food and beverage restaurants were opened in Terminal A. The project is expected to be complete in early 2014.
A multi-year Runway Extension Project at the San Antonio International Airport was completed at a cost of $21 million, with 75 percent of funding coming from federal grants. Additional federal assistance also allowed the Aviation Department to initiate a multi-year $5.2 million design of an Airfield Modernization Program to include the rehabilitation of the Airport’s main runway and adjacent taxiways.
Improvements to the airport parking experience for travelers at the San Antonio International Airport was initiated in fiscal year 2013 with the start of phase 1 design for on-airport Car Rental Ready Return Facility (CONRAC). The CONRAC is estimated to cost $130 million and is scheduled to be open in early 2017. Design and installation of the $5 million Parking Revenue Control System was also initiated to streamline management and fiscal controls.
At the Stinson Municipal Airport, a new Master Plan was created to assess the needs for future facilities to meet demand over the next 20 years. The Aviation Department, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, initiated design for construction of a new Stinson Traffic Control Tower. A federally-assisted Airport Development Grant will fund design services for pavement overlay and markings for runways and taxiways along with the replacement of runway lights and acquisition of land for a runway safety approach.
Many projects for the voter-approved $596 million 2012-2017 Bond Program, the City’s largest bond program to date, are underway thanks to the City’s Capital Improvement Management Services Department (CIMS). Of the 140 projects, 83 percent of the projects are in progress: 103 under design, five in construction and eight funding agreements have been executed. Additionally, through fair contract negotiations, CIMS has saved an estimated $9.9 million in design fees prior to design commencing.
CIMS has been successful in ensuring diverse local businesses, including small, minority and women-owned businesses, are afforded the maximum opportunity to participate in City contracts as prime contractors and subcontractors. To date, proposed participation for 2012-2017 Bond architecture and engineering design contracts reflect 65 percent small business and 59 percent minority or women-owned businesses contracted utilization. Discussions with 60 prime consultants have also resulted in 11 small, minority and women-owned firms added to the Bond Projects. As a result, CIMS is on pace to match or exceed the levels of small, minority and women-owned business participation achieved for the 2007 Bond Program.
The design of the $325 million Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion Project is approximately 70 percent complete. Focused design meetings continue to occur which advance the facilities interiors and exterior elements. Additionally, CIMS was successful in receiving Inner City Reinvestment/Infill Policy approval for both the construction permits and storm water management fees, which created additional cost savings for the project.
CIMS disposition staff aggressively marketed and disposed of surplus real property assets to return them to the tax rolls and generate revenue for the City. For fiscal year 2013, staff completed 62 projects, selling more than 21 properties and capital assets for approximately $5.9 million. CIMS staff also processed street closures, license agreements, permits and Joint Use Agreements exceeding $450,000 in revenue.
In partnership with the City Council-appointed Conservation Advisory Board, CIMS continues to successfully manage the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, which aims to protect or acquire properties over the recharge zone to prevent development and monitor them to ensure compliance. Nearly 13,000 acres were protected in fiscal year 2013 with 718 additional acres approved by City Council for acquisition. Since the program began in 2000, the City has protected 109,532 acres of land through land and conservation easement purchases over the sensitive recharge and contributing zones of the Edwards Aquifer in Bexar, Medina and Uvalde counties for $157 million.
Several reinvestment strategies were completed by the Department of Planning and Community Development. As part of the Dignowity Hill Reinvestment Plan, sidewalks, curbs and approaches were reconstructed and grass was replaced along residential blocks of Dignowity Hill Historic Neighborhood on Hays Street. The Department partnered with the San Antonio River Authority to design and install sidewalks and river connection along Southcross from River West to Roosevelt Road. Infrastructure enhancements were also initiated on Iowa Street and artistic seating was installed in the Mission Library Playground and Walking Trail.
The Department of Public Works had great success with its Infrastructure Management Program. A total of 92 miles were rehabilitated through a structural application by in-house and contract personnel. Public Works’ Pavement Preservation Program helped to minimize deterioration of 152 miles of pavement through the use of sealant applications. More than 57 miles of creekways and their tributaries were maintained and more than 10 miles of channel restoration was completed throughout the City. Additionally, 13 miles of sidewalks were built along with 317 school crosswalks, approximately 9.9 miles of new bike lanes and 98.4 miles of pavement markings.
A cooperative effort between the Department of Public Works and the Solid Waste Management Department resulted in the Alley Maintenance Program which reconstructed 25 alleys in FY2013.
Thirteen stormwater capital improvement projects were completed by the Department of Public Works. The budgets for these projects totaled more than $12 million and were completed on time or ahead of schedule. Some of the projects included the Vance Jackson Low Water Crossing; Mountain View Phase I, included the installation of a culvert at the intersection of Mount Crosby and Mount Helen to improve drainage; and Indian Creek - Phase II, which removed 22 homes from the 100-year floodplain.
The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) also had several infrastructure projects. The SAPL acquired sites for two new branch libraries in Districts 2 and 9, funded through the Bond Program.
There were other upgrades that took place at various facilities around the city. Building and Equipment Services Department partnered with the Library, Development Services and the Health Departments to provide upgrades to the Forest Hills, Thousand Oaks, Guerra, Brook Hollow and Johnston libraries. Renovations for the new Frank Garrett Immunization Clinic included the removal of dental utility lines, installation of a new floor, construction of office space and a customer reception area.
The City also celebrated the reopening of the Parks and Recreation Department’s San Antonio Natatorium after undergoing renovations funded through the 2012-2017 Bond Program. Improvements included new nonslip deck flooring around the pool, repair of the retractable roof, painting of the pool and lap lanes, and landscape grading around the building to allow for better drainage.
And an additional 2.4 miles of the Salado Creek Greenway were constructed between Phil Hardberger Park and Walker Ranch Park. Construction was also completed for 1.03 miles of the Salado Creek Greenway trail.