Four-story, 100,000 SF building includes green and sustainable features

More momentum is building on the Brooks campus and construction is underway on a new “Class A” office building, WatersEdge I. Preston Hollow Community Capital and Cambridge Development Group LLC have teamed up again to bring a high-end addition to Brooks in two new 100,000 square feet office buildings overlooking a dramatically landscaped pond. They have assembled the best-in-class team comprised of Pape-Dawson Engineers as the civil engineers, Harvey Cleary Builders the General Contractor, and Power Brown as the architect.

“We’ve believed in the potential of the Brooks community since we first invested in 2015,” said Jim Thompson, Founder of Preston Hollow Community Capital. “From Amazon, to adding almost 500 single-family homes, and now two commercial office buildings encompassing 200,000 square feet, we’re a proud partner in the mission to serve as a catalyst for transformative economic development and regional prosperity.”

WatersEdge I is a four-story office building with scenic views of ponds, several sustainable features like the use of local San Antonio limestone throughout the building to help reduces transportation pollution and a food truck park. Located nearby Mission Trail Baptist Hospital and DPT Laboratories, this building is the first of a greater office park.

“It’s a risk to take on a project that’s the first of its kind, but thanks to the continued partnership with the team at Preston Hollow Community Capital we’ve been successful in adding hundreds of quality jobs for the Brooks community,” said Brooks Board Chairman Jim Campbell. “Today, we’re home to more than 50 businesses ranging from medical to manufacturing industries, and soon, we will be adding high-paying, commercial office jobs to the list.”

The nearly 40-member team of Brooks Development Authority will be moving their operations to WatersEdge I. Transwestern is the real estate broker for both WatersEdge I and II, totaling 200,000 square-feet of leasable office space.

In addition, The WatersEdge complex includes on-site bike racks to encourage green transportation for nearby residents. Located less than 1 mile away is the VIA Brooks Transit Center providing seven bus lines including a Prímo 102 route.

“We are proud of this initiative to bring the highest quality office space to Brooks for new and expanding tenants, and we are especially excited to have the new Brooks Headquarters,” said T Michael Scott, Co-Founder of Cambridge Development Group. “These buildings will be the class of the area with above market parking ratios, beautiful landscaping overlooking waterfalls and a pond, and we will be able to deliver this first-class space to tenants with more than typical buildout allowances but at a price under the current market rates.”

WatersEdge I is projected to be completed in Summer of 2023.

Other WatersEdge features include:

  • Energy efficiency and natural products reduce the overall carbon footprint of the complex
  • Light-colored stone and concrete exterior allow for faster cooling off
  • A food truck park and areas for outdoor seating
  • Nearly 200 additional shade trees are being planted across the complex, cleaning the air, and providing comfort and cooling effects
  • The pond provides beauty to the complex as well as previous square footage to offset the impervious parking lot; long grassy plants will absorb water and provide a focal point for the exterior gathering places.
  • Arroyos meandering across the grounds will provide a visual benefit as well as keeping storm water runoff on site and reducing the amount entering the city’s storm water system; Storm water will also be reclaimed and used for site irrigation

Today, more than 500 single-family homes are underway at Brooks to include for sale and for rent options. Recent developments include the completion of La Gloria restaurant, a trail extension from The Greenline park to the mission reach, and three roads enhancing connectivity for the growing community.