Alamo Architects and OCO Architects

San Antonio, Texas


Alamo Architects and OCO Architects jointly purchased a 1940s truck-trailer manufacturing plant on a 2-acre lot in downtown San Antonio. Rather than demolish the dilapidated structures, the architects sought to integrate the industrial property into a mixed-use building, which would provide two office spaces for the firms, while honoring the industrial heritage of the area.

After the abatement of the corrugated cement-asbestos siding, roofing, and window glazing compounds, the remaining shell structures were re-clad in galvanized corrugated metal and roofing, and new operable windows and storefronts. The industrial vocabulary was celebrated with the reuse of the steel sash clerestory windows as handrails and guardrails, the recycling of the long leaf pine flooring as interior wall cladding, and door and window casings. The existing steel and wood sectional garage doors were recycled as partition end caps and wall panels in both office interiors.

The existing multi-level mezzanine structure of steel pipe, angles, and channels was reconfigured as three distinct entry gates, two for the individual firms, and one as a common courtyard entrance from the staff parking area. The balance of the industrial sash windows was re-glazed with expanded metal, and was used as fence components.

The east courtyard, centered on a lush landscape bed with a concrete tank fishpond, has become the beer garden, a formal and informal meeting place for both firms’ employees. The reclaimed and reused materials were left in their aging, unfinished condition. The skeleton of the old fabrication shed was restored as the framework for the beer garden trellis.

The original concrete paving, as well as some from a nearby site, was reused as” poor man’s flagstone.” The largest pieces were simply tilted up and secured to recycled posts as the fence along the north and west property line. The height was kept low enough that the immense agaves and succulents growing next door were incorporated visually into the firm’s entry and visitors’ courtyards.

A 6,500-gallon cistern collects rainwater and HVAC condensate for landscape irrigation. Office areas have unobstructed views to the courtyards and utilize day lighting. Only a 5 percent volume of the construction waste, including demolition, was sent to the landfill. This project was awarded LEED Silver Certification by the USGBC in 2008.



Magnificent So Flo Seven, LLC


Alamo Architects
1512 S. Flores
San Antonio, Texas 78204

O’Neil Conrad Oppelt Architects, Inc.
114 E. Cevallos
San Antonio, Texas 78204


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Alamo Architects -
Mike McGlone, AIA (Partner in charge, Alamo Architects)
Jerry Lammers, AIA
Irby Hightower, AIA
Mike Lanford, AIA
Billy Lawrence, AIA

O’Neil Conrad Oppelt Architects, Inc.-
Mickey Conrad, AIA (Partner in charge, Alamo Architects)
Mark Oppelt, AIA


Architect of record

Mike McGlone, AIA
Mickey Conrad, AIA


Interior designer

Victor Castillo – Alamo Architects
Mickey Conrad, AIA – OCO Architects



DBR Engineering Consultants - MEP
Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates, Inc. – Structural



Landscape: Root Design Company


General contractor

Malitz Construction Company – John Malitz, Rene Munoz,PM



Chris Cooper Photography (210)846-0852 All images except for Alamo Employees image which was taken by Bob Wickley Photography (210) 602-9910.


CAD system, project management, or other software used:
AutoCAD, Bryce



Structural system

Existing, Recycled/New fabrication by Russ Steel

Exterior cladding

Metal/glass curtainwall: Berridge Metal

Wood: Reycled Long Leaf Pine


Metal: Berridge

Other: Stainless Steel Perforated Sun Shades - McNichols


Aluminum: Vistawall


Glass: PPG


Sliding doors: Custom using Salvaged Metal, Stanley Track(OCO Architects)


Locksets: Falcon

Hinges: Hagar

Interior finishes

Suspension grid: Perforated Steel cable trays by Russ Steel

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Glenn Dicus and Russ Steel

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Paneling: On site recycled Long Leaf Pine by Malitz Construction

Plastic laminate: Abet Laminati (Alamo Architects)

Floor and wall tile: Casa Dolce Casa - Restrooms (Alamo Architects) American Olean - Breakroom and Restrooms (OCO)

Resilient flooring: Roppe (Alamo Architects)

Carpet: Monterey, Interface Flooring (Alamo Architects)
Collins & Aikman (Conference Room) and recycled carpet tile (Open Work Area(OCO Architects)


Office furniture: Custom Built work surfaces and tables

Reception furniture: Bernhardt Design, Herman Miller, Josef Hoffman (Alamo Architects)

Chairs: Haworth, Herman Miller (Alamo Architects)

Conference Chairs: E.A. Clore Sons Inc. (OCO Architects)

Tables: Nienkamper (Alamo Architects) Custom Built (OCO Architects)

Upholstery: Maharam (Alamo Architects)

Other furniture (use additional sheet if necessary): Janus et Cie, Pankotto (Alamo Architects)IKEA (OCO Architects)


Interior ambient lighting: Lithonia (OCO Architects)

Track Lighting: Prescolite

Task lighting:IKEA (OCO Architects), Alkco (Alamo Architects)

Exterior: Kim Lighting

Controls: Hubbell Building Automation Track by Prescolite

Indirect Fluorescent: H.E. Williams

Decorative outdoor: Winscape by Winona


Koehler – Water cooler, Toilets and Urinal, Elkay – Sinks, Moen - Faucets

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
Original Structural Clay Tile: D’Hanis Brick and Tile
Misc. Steel framing from Demolition repurposed as: Entry Gates, Trellis structures, by Russ Steel

Recycled concrete repurposed as: Paving, Fencing

Overhead doors repurposed as: Partition end caps

Recycled steel sash windows repurposed as: Guardrails and Fencing

Recycled wood decking repurposed as: Wall finish, Window and Partition Trim

Mechanical/HVAC Systems: Carrier, Reznor, DuctSox (OCO)