San Antonio, Texas
A corporate headquarters with Texas roots
The two-story, 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for Joeris General Contractors’ embraces the site, from the mature oak trees to the fabled Texas climate. The building’s façade is built around Texas limestone stone from local quarries. Repurposed wood from the seats of a renovated historic stadium was used on the ceiling and accent walls.
The over-50-year-old company’s operations were previously spread across several buildings. The headquarters reunites the company under one roof. The interiors were designed to accommodate the varying functions, while creating collaborative spaces to unite the different departments. A second-story bridge connects two wings of the building, opening up the site to the oak trees and flooding the building with natural light.
The design includes many ways to battle the Texas heat. The entrance of the building is screened, using pipe and perforated metal panels to protect visitors from the sun. Windows on the west and east façades feature shading devices to minimize solar heat gain, while maintaining views to enjoy the setting sun.
A 130-person training room and staff break room opens to a courtyard, shaded by oak trees, where social gatherings happen throughout the year. The headquarters also addresses the company’s focus on a healthy lifestyle, integrating a staff café, bike racks and a fitness center with shower facilities. Fresh air intakes are included into the HVAC system to introduce clean air into the building.
The building was designed to LEED Silver standards and incorporates a variety of sustainable design elements, including a 72-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel array, vegetated bioswales and native plants that reduce water demand.