BIG RED DOG Adapts Air Force Base into Aviator Apartments

January 16, 2015 by Russell Yeager

Aviator-ApartmentsThe site of a former San Antonio Air Force Base has been transformed into a mixed-used community comprised of more than 1,200 acres including: residential, retail, office and light industrial spaces. BIG RED DOG is working on a key piece of the Brooks Development Authority’s vision with the adaptation of the Aviator Apartments. BIG RED DOG is providing civil engineering services for the project including: due diligence, platting and entitlements, civil engineering design, construction documents, regulatory permitting, grading, Low Impact Design (LID) drainage features, San Antonio Water System(SAWS) impact fee negotiation, incentive negotiation and construction administration. Austin-based PPA Group, Brooks Development Authority, Mark Odom Studios, MP Studios and BIG RED DOG have partnered with locally based 210 Developers to develop the Aviator Apartments.

For The Residents: The Aviator Apartments’ design pays homage to Brooks Air Force Base and San Antonio’s historical military roots. The complex will house 280 residential units over 300,000 square feet. Units will be constructed from the adaptation of military barracks;an old military dining facility will be converted into the complex’s leasing office and community center. Apartment units will range from 780 to 1,000 square feet with rent ranging from $875 to $1,500. Apartment amenities include a community center, two swimming pools and open space for
outdoor activities.

For The City: The developers and BIG RED DOG have chosen to utilize Low Impact Development techniques in response to storm water quality and quantity. The use of LID drainage features utilize land development, or re-development in the case of Aviator Apartments, and work with nature to manage storm water as close to its source as possible. LID preserves and recreates natural landscape features in a way to promote the natural movement of water and use of landscaping to provide basic water quality treatment before it leaves the site.. LID use in the adaptation of the Aviator Apartments provides the city of San Antonio with a green approach to urban redevelopment.

For The Community: The Aviator Apartments is another inventive and unique project for BIG RED DOG. The project calls for the adaptive re-use of four structures that once housed enlisted Air Force officers. Three new buildings will be constructed to accommodate the Aviator Apartment amenities including: residential, retail, office and light industrial space. The Aviator Apartments will attract businesses and a variety of working professionals in and around Brooks City Base from Nexolon America, Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, students and faculty of Texas A&M-San Antonio and oil-and-gas firm employees working in the Eagle Ford Shale. This will be a great addition to the area and provide needed market rate housing for the community.

“We identify with this project because of the unique nature of converting a military barracks to apartments and embrace the challenge of saving these buildings from demolition and giving something back to San Antonio. These apartments will truly be unique, due to the character and ambiance that comes with adaptive reuse projects,” says Mark Tolley, a partner with 210 Developers. Construction completion is scheduled for July 2015. Construction on the 280-unit community began in July 2014 and is expected to enter the market summer 2015. BIG RED DOG looks forward to many more successful adaptive reuse projects in San Antonio. If we can help you with adaptive reuse projects, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Do you have questions about The Aviator Apartments at Brooks City Base? Feel free to call or contact us at [email protected] and view updates online as construction continues!

Written by Russell Yeager

Russell Yeager

As President in our San Antonio office, Russell Yeager is responsible for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients, overseeing the performance of our project design teams, steering our brand marketing strategy, and spearheading our community outreach and volunteer efforts. Russell is a proud University of Texas graduate – Hook ‘Em! He and his wife Jordan live in Northwest San Antonio.