Yesterday, Alamo Trust, Inc. issued a press release about the construction of a new Exhibition Hall and Collections Building.
This statement prompted some questions from our social media audience that we would like to address:
- Is this Exhibit Hall and Collections Building the world class museum that was previously referenced in the Alamo Plan?
This facility is not the museum but an additional exhibition hall and work space for Alamo staff. The museum that will be located on the west side of the plaza will still be created. It is not yet to the point in planning that we have information to release at this moment.
- Why is this building necessary?
This building will house an additional exhibition space which can be used for travelling and temporary exhibits and space for Educational programming, such as a distance learning lab. The new structure will also hold the offices of the Alamo’s staff, some of which will need to be relocated from the Crockett block, when work on the new museum begins.
- Where will this building be located?
There are a few options that are being considered at this time but we expect that the building will be located on the east end of the Alamo grounds, behind the gardens. In order to do our due diligence, an archaeologist will be on site at all times when digging is done for this project.
- Who is the architect? How were they chosen?
The architect for this project is Gensler | GRG Architecture, which is a San Antonio based company. An RFQ was released, eight firms applied and were reviewed, and Gensler | GRG Architecture were chosen unanimously by a committee made up of representatives from the City of San Antonio, Alamo Trust, and the Texas General Land Office.