Location: San Antonio, Texas Gross Square Feet: Approximately 40,000 square feet
The Mission Road Power Plant development project presents a unique opportunity to show leadership for a new generation. We proposed a series of green roofs to transform the wasteland of asphaltic roofing into a series of verandas and terraces, which unite the various structures as a living, breathing showcase of environmental renewal. Properly engineered green roofs can purify both air and water, provide insulative value to the building, and cool the surrounding environment. Helical wind generators echo the power plant’s original turbine forms with a signature element widely recognized as a symbol of clean, renewable energy, and solar cell arrays expand upon that theme by representing a diverse portfolio of leading technologies. Backlit translucent panels repurpose the screened mechanical yard as a beacon to the surrounding neighborhood. Its dynamic wash of color symbolizes a flourishing community’s exciting future. Our concept proposes that the building’s roof structures take a more active role in re-imagining the development, bringing public interaction into this space to unify the infrastructure requirements with its neighborhood community.