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Port San Antonio Breaks Ground on ‘Project Tech’ Complex

On the cool spring morning of the 100th anniversary of Kelly Field’s first flights, Port San Antonio and community leaders broke ground on the site of Project Tech, a state-of-the-art technology complex that will house firms supporting San Antonio’s growing cybersecurity community.

Local leaders including Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, and City Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4) participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the 90,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Port SA. The $20 million building, scheduled for completion in 2018, will be Project Tech’s first facility and anchor a planned office development that could total more than 500,000 square feet across 17 acres, according to Port officials.

“Superior know-how has been the bedrock of America’s growth in the past century and created the world’s largest economy,” said Port President and CEO Roland Mower during the ceremony. “By offering an innovative space that better enables like-minded individuals to work together toward shared goals in cybersecurity and other advanced technologies, we are sharpening San Antonio’s globally competitive edge.”

The first phase of Project Tech is being designed by Beaty Palmer Architects and will be built by contractor SpawGlass. Both firms are based in San Antonio. Dallas-based broker Peloton Commercial Real Estate will support marketing efforts through its San Antonio office, which is also promoting the project nationally.

“This is an exciting time for our region’s big cybersecurity community,” said Will Garrett, director of CyberSecurity San Antonio. “For nearly a decade the Port has been central to our efforts to provide a flexible and strategic platform to further grow this great industry. Project Tech will be a key asset in our ongoing endeavors to grow San Antonio as a place synonymous with full cybersecurity capabilities and as an innovation leader.”

The large military footprint in San Antonio includes Department of Defense cybersecurity operations that have attracted private-sector firms working for military clients. These companies are increasingly applying their cybersecurity expertise in the commercial sector, including aviation, medicine, finance, telecommunications, and other mature industries.

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