US Air Force Administrative Building - 7gen

US Air Force Administrative Building




San Antonio, Texas


Parametric Design, Quality Control Planning, Cost Estimates, Construction Administration

Net Zero Federal Agency Facility

When the U.S. Air Force needed to add administrative space for 3,000 personnel at the Joint Base San Antonio Randolph Air Force Base, Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering designed the multi-story B-Wing Extension to facilitate that growth.

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering completed a planning charrette Report (PCR II) for the addition of a multi-story extension to Building 499 at Joint-Base San Antonio, Randolph AFB. In addition to providing administrative space for 3,000 personnel, the facility includes special purpose space, organizational and shared space, and ADP server and equipment spaces. Site improvements included the parking area and access roads.

Sustainable principles were always part of the design plan in accordance with Executive Order 13834. However, Seven Generations A+E designed the 68,000 square foot facility to be fully Net Zero. This was accomplished with a final construction estimate within the original project budget, even though Net Zero was not an original goal, highlighting that sustainability can make financial sense in both the long and short term. The Net Zero classification was accomplished through thermal efficiency, rainwater collection for restroom toilets and irrigation, an orientation chosen to maximize seasonal solar impact, and 550 KW solar photovoltaic panels.