Port San Antonio is undertaking a massive future-focused expansion, including a new office tower that’ll house the headquarters of automaker DeLorean.
On June 14, Port San Antonio unveiled concepts for three new projects to business leaders, community leaders, and public officials attending an event organized by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The three projects proposed for the port’s Southwest San Antonio campus are:
- A multi-story office building that will include the 450-job headquarters of DeLorean, the automaker best known for manufacturing the car featured in the Back to the Future films. The rebooted DeLorean brand, which focuses on electric vehicles, announced in February that it was establishing its headquarters in San Antonio. DeLorean currently occupies a small space at the port’s campus.
- A “vertiport” for vertical takeoffs and landings of aircraft carrying passengers and cargo.
- A research complex featuring a lab with a simulated moon terrain.
The projects are geared toward businesses and organizations involved in industries like aerospace, cybersecurity, robotics, and energy. Officials expect to break ground on the projects next year.
“There are exciting opportunities for our community right now to participate and lead in the advancement of technologies that are making the world a safer, more productive, and more resilient place,” says Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio.
“Everyday human flight though electrically powered aircraft, power generated in space and transmitted wirelessly back to our planet, and the application of robotics to transform a wide range of mature industries are just some of the new frontiers that are already becoming reality,” he adds. “To ensure that San Antonio is in the driver’s seat and gets to write many of those chapters, we will move quickly to deliver strategic, first-of-their-kind spaces where talented people across our community will lead the next technological revolution.”
Port San Antonio, formerly the site of Kelly Air Force Base, is now home to more than 80 employers and nearly 16,000 workers. Last month, the 1,900-acre technology and innovation campus unveiled the $70 million Tech Port Center + Arena, a 130,000-square-foot facility that includes a 3,200-seat entertainment and convention space, a prototyping lab, a food hall, a gaming center, and the future home of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology.