Posts by Palo Alto College

As a public comprehensive community college, Palo Alto College provides exemplary, accessible education and training to a diverse and aspiring community. The College educates, nurtures, and inspires students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment, which promotes the intellectual, cultural, economic and social life of the community.

PAC Streetscape

The City of San Antonio has appropriated funds from the Tree Canopy and Tree Mitigation to Palo Alto College to increase energy savings in homes, schools and businesses while also improving the air quality, storm water control, reduction in temperatures and enhancement of the overall beauty of the campus and surrounding neighborhood.

The PAC Streetscape project involves the planting of 30+ Canopy Trees and 10 understory trees along with associated irrigation along W. Villaret. The additional project scope includes the removal of 5 trees on the campus, placement of 48 large boulders and placement of ½” of compost atop project area to increase the health of the existing turf. The trees for this project are being provided by a partnership with COSA.

Start Date: November 2017

Completion date: February 13, 2018


PACStreetScape-PlansProject photo updates:







01/08/2018 – 01/12/2018


01/15/2018 – 01/19/2018





Community Garden

With the presence of growing Agriculture and Horticulture programs in an urban area with close proximity to rural South Texas farming and ranching communities, there is a unique opportunity to establish the first-ever Palo Alto College Community Garden. The Palo Alto College Community Garden will seek to encourage a thriving local agricultural economy which will provide multifaceted benefits to students and residents alike. Palo Alto Colleges community garden will provide students service learning opportunities that benefit the community as well as the student population. Palo Alto will offer students the opportunity for on-campus service learning that still serves the surrounding community through the development of a an on-campus interdisciplinary community garden. The products of the community garden can be used in a variety of methods, including provision of fresh food access to the community and directly to students, a rare opportunity for residents and students of the local area. Equally important, the development and maintenance of the community garden can be linked to various programs, including social sciences and government, agriculture and horticulture, business, nutrition, biology, economics, communications, and many others depending on the aspect that faculty and students tie into their course learning outcomes.

Palo Alto College seeks to develop a one-acre community garden on its campus in south San Antonio which will serve as an outdoor classroom that will be:

  • A component of the college’s agriculture and horticulture programs,
  • A space for community collaboration focused on healthy food access, education, and entrepreneurism, and
  • A site for on-campus interdisciplinary service learning

User Group Members:

Ty Chumbley           Veronica Rosas-Tatum

Rose Flores               Elizabeth Tanner

Patrick Lee

Start Date: July 19, 2018

Anticipated Completion DateOctober 2018 (Phase I)


Phase I Perspective Garden Layout


Phase I Timeline:

PAC Community Garden 11-6-18 Update

Phase I Progress 7/23/2018-7/26/2018

Phase I Progress: 8/13/2018-8/17/2018

Phase I Progress: 9/17/2018-9/25/2018

Phase I Progress: 10/1/2018-10/5/2018

Phase I Progress: 10/15/2018-10/19/2018

Phase I Progress: 10/28/2018-11/2/2018

Phase I Progress: 11/12/2018-11/30/2018

Grand Opening: 10/28/2019

Science Lab Renovations

The project renovations of the science labs should address equipment, space layouts, exhaust/ HVAC upgrades, and support spaces.

The upgrades and reconfiguration are going to provide students and faculty with adequate equipment and spaces.

User Group Members:

Peter Hernandez           Brad Chandler

Elizabeth Tanner          Dr. Stamatis Muratidis

Patrick Lee

Anticipated start date: 02/2020

Anticipated completion date: 11/2021



Natatorium and Gym Improvements

The Natatorium at Palo Alto College was first opened in 1991. This project aims to accomplish the repairs and maintenance of the building to provide a natatorium that accommodates students’ and visitors’ needs as effectively as possible.

The renovation of the gymnasium will ensure that the facilities within the fitness center stay up-to-date with emerging needs of patrons to maintain the commitment to help students, faculty, and staff achieve healthy fitness goals.

Architect: RVK Architects/Lopez Salas Architects

CMAR: Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

Building Square Footage: 90,334 (approx.)

Estimate to Complete: $19.8M

Building Upgrades:

New Exterior finishes; roof profile and panels; LED lighting; fire sprinkler system; interior finishes; and tile at pool surface area

Upgrade Dressing rooms, showers and restrooms

Refurbish diving platforms

Rio Grande Building

The Rio Grande will serve as a joint purpose dedicated to promoting collaborative learning and interactive instruction in advance manufacturing and public service. Courses that will be taught include Advance Manufacturing, Criminal Justice,  Dental Hygiene and Student Services. Palo Alto College’s Rio Grande Building will serve 804 manufacturing students over five years, providing 271,232 contact hours in advanced manufacturing education.

Also located in the Rio Grande Building will be the New Student Engagement & Welcome Center which will provide visitors, students, and faculty with a primary entry point to the campus. Various student support services will be housed within this building and will serve as a one-stop location for new students.

Architect: RVK Architects

CMAR: Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

Building Square Footage: 128,000 (approx.)

Estimate to Complete: $59.7M

Classrooms: Advanced Manufacturing Center and Labs; Student Engagement & Welcome Center; Healthcare Center of Excellence; Dental Clinic for community use; health clinic; el museo/event space, Cybersecurity Lab; Science Labs; Simulated Courtroom; STEM Makers Space, instructional spaces/labs

Labs: Geology, Physics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Technical

Construction Start Date: November 2020

Target Completion: Fall 2022


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STEM Center

Palo Alto College addresses Absolute Priority 1 through its proposed SEEDS of Excellence in STEM project. Student centered services in STEM will be housed in the One-stop STEM Center that is a collaborative, cross-departmental support for students in STEM. Holistic academic support and student support services activities – including tutoring, academic and non-academic workshops, peer mentoring and instructional support, advising pertaining to progress, careers, and transfers, as well as points of engagement with faculty – will be centrally located in the space for all things related to STEM at the college.

The One-Stop STEM Center will be a dedicated, multipurpose space which serves as the hub of all STEM activity and programming on campus. STEM students, faculty and staff will gather in this collaborative, interdisciplinary environment which fosters excitement in STEM and support for student success. Students can study, attend workshops or special activities, and seek information on STEM careers, scholarships, transfer options, and job opportunities. Faculty members will hold office hours in the center, student organizations can meet there, and speakers can present on STEM fields, industry needs, and four-year programs. Student support services will be offered in tutoring/supplemental workshop modes, career and transfer advising, peer mentoring, resume building, job fairs and mock interviews, and links with student and professional organizations. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in poster presentations, conferences, and undergraduate research. They will be encouraged to pursue STEM scholarships, job shadowing, summer programs and external research opportunities, and internships.

STEM Center Contributors:

STEM Center Contributors_Page_1Architect: RVK Architects
Contractor: Skanska USA Building Inc.

Start Date: December 2017
Completion date: June 12, 2018



STEM Center Demolition Updates: 12/29/2017-01/05/2018

STEM Center Progress: 1/15/2018-1/19/2018

STEM Center Progress: 2/12/2018-2/16/2018

STEM Center Progress: 2/26/2018-3/02/2018

STEM Center Progress: 3/05/2018-3/09/2018

STEM Center Progress: 3/26/2018-4/02/2018

STEM Center Progress: 4/16/2018-4/20/2018

STEM Center Progress: 4/30/2018-5/04/2018

STEM Center Progress: 5/07/2018-5/11/2018

STEM Center Progress: 5/15/2018-5/21/2018

STEM Center Progress: 5/28/2018-6/05/2018

STEM Center Grand Opening: 6/12/2018