Preliminary design renderings for CPS Energy's new headquarters, looking north.
Preliminary design renderings for CPS Energy's new headquarters, looking north. Credit: Courtesy / Corgan

CPS Energy is looking for a construction manager to carry out plans for its new headquarters downtown on the San Antonio River.

The public utility released a request for proposals on Monday. Initial solicitation documents will be available online until midnight on Thursday, Dec. 15 and submittals are due by 3 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2017. Click here for details.

The RFP release is the latest step in what will likely be a multi-year process. The utility began looking into options for a new location, including renovating its existing downtown location, in 2015. Officials anticipate that the former AT&T headquarters at 530 McCullough Ave. will be move-in ready in late summer or early fall of 2019 and will cost an estimated $100 million.

The CPS Energy board of trustees will vote on the final design and construction of the new headquarters in early 2017.

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The beige, circa 1980s buildings will be upgraded and renovated for better aesthetics and energy efficiency, said Bill Badger, facility and capital construction manager for CPS Energy. A new 1,200-space parking garage will occupy the northeast corner of the property and will likely feature a solar panel array.

Architects from Corgan, a Dallas-based firm with experience with LEED certified construction, have taken design cues from other buildings on or near the River Walk including the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Pearl Brewery complex, Badger said.

The preliminary estimate for the total cost of construction is more than $100 million, said CPS Energy spokesman Paul Flaningan, but that number is expected to fluctuate.

At least part of the cost, Flaningan said, will be offset by the sale of CPS Energy’s 300,000 sq. ft. headquarters on Navarro Street, about one mile north of the new site. That sale is in the “very preliminary stages” and there are several interested parties.

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