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A hall fit for a congregation

image Zuber Construction completed construction on the Beverly Marie Pevehouse Conference Center at St. Peter Upon the Water in approximately 10 months.

SAN ANTONIO – Named for one of the project’s donors, the Beverly Marie Pevehouse Conference Center was built by Zuber Construction on the St. Peter Upon the Water campus.

    The project took approximately 10 months to finish and was substantially completed in August 2015. The roughly 7,000-sf building contains two main rooms, a large conference hall and a library. There is also a kitchen, an office, an audio-visual room, two restrooms, and a room called the sacristy.
    Rustin Zuber, president and owner of Zuber Construction and project manager for the conference center, notes that the sacristy presented a unique situation when it came to the plumbing. In accordance with the faith as a Catholic church, the sacristy is where vestments and elements used for Communion are stored and where preparation for Communion is done.
    Since services are held in the facility, a separate sewer system had to be installed for the sacristy, because it would be considered disrespectful to clean the instruments with the same plumbing system that serves the rest of the building.
    “Originally, it was designed as a steel structure,” explains Zuber of other aspects of the build. “And we worked with the design team to change over to a steel and wood structure for value engineering.”
     As for the design, the finishes in the conference hall are a little bit more ornate than in the library. The building features timber trusses and custom chandeliers. Since the design included custom light fixtures, they were ordered early as there was a long lead time on them.
    The building has a courtyard that is in a picturesque setting, which is why the building’s site was chosen. Nestled in the Hill Country, the location was a bit remote, which posed a little bit of a challenge. For example, the construction team had to truck water to the location for the site work.
     Zuber notes that though every project has its challenges, this one went very well and rather smoothly. This was Zuber’s second project working with the owners and architect, and so, they worked very well together as a team.
    With the property owned by the Archdiocese of San Antonio and operated by the local Catholic church, Zuber says he worked with owners representatives Alton Petsch and Steve Lipman as well as the Rev. Michael Boulette, the founder of St. Peter Upon the Water. He notes that they expect a high level of quality, but were a pleasure to work with.
    The superintendent on the project was George Slagle. The architect on the job was Fisher Heck Architects with principal architect Jim Heck and project architect Glenn McGuyre. The structural engineer was Lehmann Engineering. MEP was ESA Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. Civil engineering was Jim Maxwell. The AV/acoustical consultant was BAi out of Austin.
    Subcontractors on the project include Longhorn Site Work, Alamo Masonry Rock, Symm Welding for the structural steel, Jorge Adame for the rough framing, Limon Insulation & Acoustical Ceilings, Quality Roofing, Hill Door & Hardware, Samuels Glass, Johnny Brink’s Floor Store, JE Travis Painting, Burton Interiors for the acoustical panels, Klinger Specialties Direct for the toilet compartments and accessories, Hardin Plumbing, Trade-Mark HVAC, DW Electric, Freed & Barker Concrete Company, and Southwest Sound & Electronics for the AV.
    Suppliers included Roddis Lumber & Veneer for the wood doors, Foxworth Galbraith for the lumber, Texas Timber Frames for wood trusses, Fredericksburg Custom Cabinets for the wood cabinets, and Weston Woodworking for the plastic laminate cabinets.
    Established in 2003, Zuber Construction is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year. Working throughout the Hill Country, the general contractor primarily handles commercial work, including medical, retail and office buildings, camps and religious institutions, but has also done some high-end residential projects. –mh

Photos by Aaron Yates, KerrvillePhoto.com


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