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Delivering a clean slate

image Rhino Design Build updated the exterior and completely renovated the interior of this space for the new UPS Store (left) in Windcrest.

SAN ANTONIO – As the Windcrest area revitalization draws new businesses to the neighborhood, Rhino Design Build did a building renovation for the new UPS Store that moved into 5003 Walzem Road across the street from Rackspace.

    E. Daniel Garcia, owner of Rhino Design Build and the project manager/superintendent on the job, began work on the project in April and finished in September.
    The UPS Store shares space with a Boost Mobile in a small, free-standing building that is a total of roughly 3,500sf. The project scope included renovating the entire exterior of the building and the interior on the UPS side of the building.
    Previously, the location was an Al’s Formal Wear tuxedo rental shop, which meant that the layout had to be reconfigured for UPS. Rhino gutted the space and made it “a white box” for UPS to come in after completion to do its own tenant finish out.
    “We started with the demolition of the interior space,” recalls Garcia. “We took out all the interior walls, ceiling grid, the two-by-fours on the walls, sheetrock and flooring. All the plumbing and electrical was demoed.
    “We sprayed foam insulation on the roof decking to give it better energy efficiency, and then we basically rebuilt the inside. We came back with metal studs, batt insulation on the exterior walls, new electrical, new HVAC and new plumbing.
    “On the exterior, there was an existing canopy that just didn’t work. So, we demoed the entire front of the canopy and rebuilt everything. We came in with steel, new parapet wall, and painted the exterior of the entire building.”
    Garcia adds that they increased the height of the parapet wall, making it look a lot taller from the street. Adding to the front canopy gave it more visibility and better coverage from the elements. They tried to keep the sun out as much as possible to increase the energy efficiency since the space has a lot of storefront glass. They also tinted the glass on the UPS side to help keep the interior a little cooler.
    The exterior appeared dingy and dated, but the changes and exterior renovation gave the building a more modern look. The team painted the brick, and on the new canopy, they used EIFS, exterior insulation finishing system. The stucco-like material gave it a clean, fresh look and was also painted. On the building exterior, they used a light beige, a darker beige and a red border to make everything pop.
    Other work included resurfacing and restriping the parking lot, and to meet ADA compliance and current code, they installed a handicap ramp and railing. They also did the service on the electrical side with CPS Energy, since, Garcia says, anytime service is moved from one spot to another, work has to be scheduled with CPS.
    The weather presented the greatest challenge to the build, creating significant rain delays. They couldn’t start the demolition of the canopy when thunderstorms were rolling in, and even though most of the work was on the inside, the threat of water getting in and causing complications was still a big concern.
    Garcia notes that owner, Casa Bunch LLC, was very easy to work with, making the process very seamless and staying open to making changes here and there as needed.
    This was Rhino’s first time working with the City of Windcrest. Garcia observes that the process is very similar to other municipalities he has worked with before and that it was a positive experience.
    The architect on the job was Norman Cates, and Garcia credits him with helping to take this old building and give it new life. Subcontractors included Approved Electric, Airtech for the HVAC, Miranda Plumbing, TNC Services for the framing and Rick the Roofer.
    Founded in 2004, Rhino Design Build is a full-service general contractor that does commercial work including retail, tenant finish out and interior remodeling. Commercial accounts for approximately 30 percent of its workload. –mh

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