211 North Alamo Building

Adaptive Reuse

Downtown/San Antonio


Located in downtown San Antonio, this historic building sat for decades, waiting for someone to make it their home. In 2016, Quality Services International hired Douglas Architects to design their new corporate headquarters for the historic Arevalo Building, or 211 North Alamo.

Embracing the historic structure and creating a rustic, yet modern interior, Douglas Architects adaptively reused the unique concrete and steel structure and highlighted the building’s spectacular window openings and masonry, while preserving the feel of the open spaces inside. Using reclaimed pine wall and ceiling panels and juxtaposing a light, moveable glass and metal wall system against exposed brick interior walls, the design blends both new and old.

The design called for restoring the original hardwood flooring where possible and incorporating a new, warm corporate environment for Quality Services and their staff. The mixed-use building also incorporated a retail component on the first floor, as well as 3 residential units on the fourth floor. Construction began in May of 2017.  The building has been featured in the San Antonio Business Journal as one of “San Antonio’s coolest offices”.