Raba Kistner Infrastructure hires Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, PE as Project Manager II

RK Infrastructure_cmykRussel Lenz, PE, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), has announced that Fitzgeraldo “Fitz” Sanchez, PE has been hired to serve as Project Manager II with responsibilities for managing the Owner Verification Services on up to one-half of the TxDOT  Energy Sector Road Repair Project. This is a construction project that will rebuild 30 separate segments of roadway in the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.

PortraitMr. Sanchez is working under RKI’s contract with TxDOT with the responsibility to verify the quality of the construction on the project, including construction inspection and material testing operations, to ensure compliance with plans, drawings and specifications.

Before joining RKI, Mr. Sanchez worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as a permit engineer for Title V air quality operating permits.  He also served as the Webb County Engineer, where he completed the last phases of a $5 million water and wastewater program of projects for the water utilities department, and a $2 million engineering contract for the Border Colonia Access Program for paving projects.  Prior experience included working in three TxDOT districts in various capacities in design, construction and traffic operations.

Mr. Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&I University – Kingsville (now Texas A&M University – Kingsville), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Nuevo León.

About Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc.
Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), the leader in Quality Management Programs, is heavily impacting how tomorrow’s transportation needs will be addressed.  We specialize in providing unique approaches that successfully deliver roadway, rail and transit projects. RKI has industry-leading program managers, project delivery specialists, consultants and construction managers on staff.  We have created a comprehensive menu of solutions in the development, engineering, financing and management of transportation facilities and our services are tailored to help each client achieve their mobility goals. We have been and are currently involved in planning, design and construction projects worth more than $8 billion.

Raba Kistner Environmental announces promotion of Rick Klar, PG to Vice President

raba kistner logoMr. Steven E. Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental (RKE) is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick V. Klar, PG to Vice President of the firm. Rick has been with RKE since 1996 and currently serves as the Manager of Operations for RKE, in addition to the corporate discipline leader for geosciences services. He is directly responsible for leading, guiding, evaluating, and supporting the work of environmental project staff, in addition to weekly operational planning and resource allocation.  Rick also interacts with other RK companies as necessary to provide environmental support for complex, multi-disciplinary projects.

Rick Klar_High Res_ColorRick is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the state of Texas and is responsible for implementing/overseeing site exploration and characterization activities in support of due diligence (Phase I, II, and III ESA) assessments, contamination assessments and remedial action plan development, soil and groundwater remediation projects, water quality/resources investigations, aggregate reserves planning, groundwater protection, in addition to a wide range of other environmental project types.  His project experience includes design and implementation of innovative site assessment approaches and strategies to address regulatory requirements and meet our Client’s long-term planning and project objectives.  Representative project experience includes geological mapping, karst feature surveys, surface and subsurface sampling of environmental media, landfill-gas and ground-water monitoring/recovery well design and installation, hydrogeologic investigations, and ground geophysical surveys.

According to Jones, “Rick is an extremely valuable leader in our department and a trusted resource for our clients. He has been with us for 18 years and his historical knowledge on our projects is extensive.  Over this time period, Rick has worked extensively with the majority of our repeat clients in addition to sub-consultants, subcontractors, and strategic teaming partners, and has established excellent working relationships that greatly benefit our company on many different levels. He is an excellent communicator and takes exceptional pride in the preparation of the written project deliverables and other client correspondence. These relationships and unfailing commitment to high-quality work over his tenure have been recognized through this most recent promotion.”

Mr. Klar is currently a member of the Alamo Air and Waste Management Association in addition to the National Ground Water Association.  He received his M.S. in Applied Geology (Hydrogeology) from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1996 and his B.S. in Earth Sciences from Saint Mary’s University in 1992.

About Raba Kistner, Inc.
Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc., parent company to Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc., is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in eleven different markets in Texas, Utah, and México. Raba Kistner Environmental is recognized as one of the Southwest’s leading firms offering environmental consulting services. Our technical team consists of archeologists, biologists, engineers, environmental specialists, geologists, GIS analysts, and planners.

Ranch Hand to continue sponsorship of race car driver Jonathan Newcombe in 2015

EPS metallic backgroundRanch Hand is proud to announce that we will again sponsor race car driver Jonathan Newcombe in the coming year. Jonathan has been busy and impressive on the racing circuit this year.

J.NewcombeThe events that Jonathan entered in 2014 included the Rocky Mountain Solo races in STS class where he placed 1st in 5 out of 5 races, plus the Solo National Championships, placing 19th overall out of 56 in CS class.

Also, in the prestigious and challenging 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Jonathan placed 9th out of 23 in Time Attack1 division. “I can’t wait for next year’s Pikes Peak climb. I’m getting my car ready to perform even better than before, so I’ll be shooting to improve on my finish over this year,” he said.

“We wish Jonathan the best of luck in 2015 and he can count on Ranch Hand to cheering him on in all of his races,” said National Sales Director Scott McClaugherty.

Ranch Hand manufactures heavy duty, high quality Grille Guards, Front End Replacements (Legend Series, Summit Series, Bullnose, and Winch Ready), Back Bumpers, Headache Rack Systems, Bed Rails, Steps, and Toolboxes for Chevy, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Ram, and Toyota trucks and SUVs. The Ranch Hand logo has been recognized in the truck accessory industry since 1986 as the symbol of quality.

Whether you’re heading for the race track, planning a cross-country road trip, or just running to town for groceries, “Be on the Safe Side with Ranch Hand.”  For truck accessories, Ranch Hand is your one-stop shop for the best vehicle protection in the industry. Also, visit us at 4315 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 or online at www.ranchhannd.com.

Scrub your worries away and relax into the holidays

Hyatt Hill Country_gretyThe holidays are here, full of commitments, to-do lists, shopping, cooking and entertaining, but if you want to turn your holidays into “Aaaahhh-lidays,” you need to make room on your calendar to scrub your worries away at Windflower – The Hill Country Spa. Thanks to a series of happy hours designed for busy multi-taskers to pair downtime and social time with fabulous cocktails and spa treatments, you can relax into your holiday season while spending time with friends and getting your body ready for the holiday fun ahead.

Windflower – The Hill Country Spa at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is putting the “aaaahhhhh” into your holidays with a special happy hour series, “Toast the Season”, giving you the opportunity to raise a glass and your relaxation level at the same time. “Toast the Season” offers you the opportunity to enjoy specially-priced spa services, paired with music, cocktails and appetizers in the beautiful setting of Windflower – The Hill Country Spa.

Toast the Season kicks off Thursday, Nov. 20th—just in time to put you in the grateful spirit for Thanksgiving—then continues Thursdays,  Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th, giving you numerous opportunities to get yourself ready to shine for the holiday fun ahead. Each Toast the Season happy hour will be held 6-9 PM at Windflower – The Hill Country Spa on the grounds of Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa and will feature just the right soundtrack to get you in the mood, the talented singer/songwriter Tim Phillips on acoustic guitar.

Make Time to Polish and Shine for the Holidays
Toast the Season offers a menu of relaxation and flavor to put you in the holiday mood while getting you polished and prepped for holiday fun—and of course, it’s designed for you to enjoy with friends, making your season even merrier. With a menu of scrubs good enough to eat—not to mention fabulous cocktails created to compliment each of the scrubs and fantastic hors d’oeuvres from Antlers Lodge, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa’s onsite fine dining restaurant with Hill Country flavors beyond compare—Toast the Season is perfect for polishing your body for the holidays ahead.

Services offered during the happy hours include special pedicures and body scrubs featuring the fabulous FarmHouse Fresh product line used at Windflower – The Hill Country Spa. So get out of the kitchen and indulge in body scrubs and pedicures featuring natural ingredients straight from the cupboard, including: Watermelon-Basil Vodka Scrub; Bourbon Bubbler Scrub; Ruby Red Grapefruit Scrub; Citrus Grass Soothing Scrub; Rasmopolitan Scrub; Honey Lavender Scrub and Butter-Rum Scrub.

The seasonal pedicures and body scrubs are $65 each during Toast the Season, and each service includes a cocktail concoction of your choice, created to match the fabulous scrub flavors. Mix and match to enjoy the flavors suited to you—whether you’d like a Mistletoe Martini or a Harvest Moon, a Yule Tide Mule or The Grinch, or even a Rudolph’s Ruby Red or a RaspBerry Blitzen, the cocktail menu will definitely make your taste buds as happy as your body will be after enjoying the spa services:

  • 50-minute Pedicure: Includes a hot milk soak for the feet (using FarmHouse Fresh’s Nectar Milk or Butter Brûlée Milk), nail detail service (polish removal, cuticle treatment, file), followed by an exfoliation to soften the skin using your choice of the special FarmHouse Fresh scrub’s selected for these special holiday events. Service concludes with a petite leg and foot massage and moisture application using FarmHouse Fresh body milk (Sweet Cream Body Milk or Back Country Caramel Body Milk). *enjoy service while sipping on your choice of the signature drink pairings
  • 25-minute Scrub: This experience begins with a gentle and aromatic, full-body exfoliation fearturing the FarmHouse Fresh scrub of your choice to smooth rough skin and leave your body glowing. This treatment ends with a hydrating, full-body effleurage using FarmHouse Fresh body milk (Sweet Cream Body Milk or Back Country Caramel Body Milk).*enjoy service while sipping on your choice of the signature drink pairings

One cocktail is included with the purchase of a service, additional drinks are $8 each during the event. And to make Toast the Season even more fun:  guests will receive a certificate for one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two entrées at Antlers Lodge, so you can come back and enjoy a terrific meal and keep the holiday spirit flowing.

Reservations for services during Toast the Season are HIGHLY recommended as these events are sure to sell out.  Contact the spa at 210-767-5577 to ensure you don’t miss your chance to primp, polish and relax your way into the holidays.

Fresh From the Farm, Just for You
When you’re secluded in a setting that captures the charm and allure of a 19th century Texas Hill Country homestead, it’s natural to feel tied to the land and beauty around you.  Windflower – The Hill Country Spa features FarmHouse Fresh products, made with up to 99.6% natural and naturally-derived ingredients right here in Texas. All of their products are free of parabens and sulfates and all of their fragrances are all natural or phthalate free.

Featured on Oprah’s “O-List”, FarmHouse Fresh products have received the Dallas Beauty Award presented by Dallas’ D Magazine, as well as Redbook’s Most Valuable Beauty Product, Daily Candy’s Best of Beauty, and Elle Canada Hot List. They were also voted by spas, hotels and resorts as one of the top 5 Favorite Bodycare Lines in the US in both 2012 and 2013 in American Spa Magazine. FarmHouse Fresh’s shea butter Whoopie! Cream was also voted by spas, hotels and resorts as the Favorite Body Lotion in LNE Magazine.

Relax Through the Holidays
If you’re ready to unwind and welcome the holidays rested and recharged, Windflower – The Hill Country Spa is the answer. Set in the middle of 300 acres of wildflowers and historic Texas ranch land and named by Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the top 100 resort spas in the United States, the spa is nestled in a secluded grove of live oaks on the grounds of the resort. To approach Windflower – The Hill Country Spa from the resort is to walk down a country lane into the past. The antique Star Windmill, slowly turning in the breeze over surrounding live oaks, beckons you into another time, another place. In every detail, the farmhouse resembles one of the 19th century farms that once dotted the Hill Country.

The scent of herbs and antique roses from the garden sets the mood—and for Toast the Season, a warm, flickering fire will greet you as well. Customized 50-80 minute treatments are offered in 21 rooms housed in the structure’s “renovated barn.” Aromatherapy and other treatments utilize indigenous herbs, botanicals, and elements of the Texas Hill Country to leave you feeling completely refreshed, so indulge in a special spa service, and keep the stress of the holiday season at bay. The spa is open to the public 8 AM – 6 PM daily, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift idea for the holidays, gift certificates are available so you can give the gift of a fabulous spa experience to those on your holiday lists!

Located just 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio and the San Antonio International Airport, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers a retreat that feels a world away, but the convenience and fun of San Antonio is just outside your door. Built in 1993, the AAA Four-Diamond resort features a 500-room luxury hotel, championship 27-hole golf course, a full-service state-of-the-art spa. The resort also boasts a tennis court, award-winning dining, walking/jogging path and nature trail, health club facility, five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, tower water slide, three swimming pools and cascading waterfalls, two outdoor whirlpools, Camp Hyatt children’s program and a 950-foot Ramblin’ River intertwined with lush gardens.

About Hyatt Regency Hill Country
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is located on 300-scenic acres in the heart of San Antonio. The recently renovated 500-room resort features 53,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 165,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

Resort amenities include the full-service Windflower – The Hill Country Spa featuring 21-treatment rooms with world-class services, a five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, 22’ tower waterslide, four swimming pools, Ramblin’ River and regulation sized sand volleyball court. With five restaurants, a lounge and tavern, guests can enjoy superb epicurean dining or cocktails with colleagues overlooking a lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course. For reservations or information contact 210-647-1234 or visit us at hillcountry.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to whom and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit hyattregency.com or facebook.com/HyattRegency.

 

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio expands pediatric network in North-Central San Antonio

CHRISTUSHealthSystemThe Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is expanding its Pediatric Network in North-Central San Antonio, providing more access to care for children and families with the opening of its new pediatric clinic at Alon Town Centre. 

“The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has recruited world-class pediatricians with longstanding involvement in the community whose number one goal is to provide the best in pediatric health care,” said Elias J. Neujahr, President of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.  “Our pediatricians are the foundation of our children’s health from birth.  With their expertise, we are able to create an integrated health care system that puts our children first.”

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio first announced the creation of the Physician Group in May of this year with Tejas Pediatrics, Children First Pediatrics, Northwest Pediatrics, and Dr. Sky Izaddoost leading the charge to develop the network.

“Growing up in San Antonio, I’ve watched our city expand and develop.  As our city grew, so did the need for healthcare, especially for our children,” said Dr. Izaddoost.  “By aligning with the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, I strive to be part of a network of physicians putting our children first. I am honored and grateful to provide world class, seamless care in our community.  This is an exciting opportunity to improve the health and well-being of our most precious, our children.”

Dr. Izaddoost and Dr. Subhashini Valavalkar will be anchoring a new location at Alon Town Centre.

“The health care landscape is changing – especially pediatric medicine in San Antonio,” said Dr. Subhashini Valavalkar.  “I am very happy to actively participate in this medical evolution in San Antonio and South Texas. I believe our new primary care team, in partnership with physicians at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine, and the private community, is a positive move towards continuing the advancement of providing quality care to all children in San Antonio.”

“The model we have created implements an integrated medical record system, accessible by all physicians in the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio network,” said Elias J. Neujahr, President of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.  “That network enables pediatricians and pediatric specialists caring for a child to communicate, with real-time updates on the child’s health.  This new location ensures we can continue to provide the best possible medical care for our patients and their families.”

The new Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Physician Group at Alon Town Centre is located at 11503 NW Military Highway, Suite 113, San Antonio, TX 78231 and is scheduled to open November 24, 2014.  The clinic’s hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  New and existing patients are invited to call 210.705.5151 to make an appointment.

CHRISTUS Physician Group adds Dr. Rashida Champion Henderson and Dr. Jennefer Carl Sutton to its primary care network

CHRISTUSSantaRosa_colorRashida Champion Henderson, MD, and Jennefer Carl Sutton, MD, have joined the CHRISTUS Physician Group (CPG), a network of local physicians in San Antonio. The addition of Dr. Henderson and Dr. Sutton to CPG is an example of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa’s commitment to provide access to convenient, high-quality primary health care close to home. Dr. Henderson has opened her practice, CHRISTUS Family Medicine – Westover Hills, in the western portion of Bexar County located at 11212 State Highway 151, Medical Plaza 1, San Antonio, Texas  78251. Dr. Jennefer Sutton will be opening CHRISTUS Family Medicine – Shavano Park in north-central San Antonio near Highway 1604 and NW Military Drive at 4118 Pond Hill Road, Shavano Park, Texas  78231.

Dr. Henderson graduated from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, and went on to complete her Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Louisiana Tech University. In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center and completed her Family Residency and Geriatric Fellowship with the Medical Center of Central Georgia / Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Henderson is board-certified in Family Medicine and board-eligible in Geriatric Medicine. She provides family medicine and geriatric medicine services, from every day common ailments to acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Rashida Champion Henderson is currently welcoming new patients.  To schedule an appointment, call 210.703.8955.

Dr. Jennefer Carl Sutton is committed to one ideal: building lasting relationships with her patients. This belief guided her through medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and grew stronger as she completed her residency at Georgetown University, where she served as the program’s chief resident. Dr. Sutton combines her extensive experience and deep concern for patients in order to provide an extraordinary level of care.  She enjoys helping her patients live life to its fullest and is welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sutton, call 210.705.5545. 

“CHRISTUS Physician Group strives to be a leader in service, and we do that by providing valuable, community-focused care,” says Jason Markham, COO of CHRISTUS Physician Group. “Success hinges on four pillars – focusing on superior clinical quality, creating an exceptional personal experience for each patient, running efficient clinics to maximize value to those we serve, and focusing on the unique needs of the communities.”

CHRISTUS Physician Group was formed by CHRISTUS Health in 1993 as a faith-based, not-for-profit physician employment and practice management organization with a deep-rooted mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.  Today, CPG employs more than 90 physicians and other health care providers in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and other specialties. The Group focuses on delivering excellent health care in a service-focused, compassionate environment.

CHRISTUS Physician Group clinics accept a variety of health insurance plans, which vary from clinic to clinic. Patients are encouraged to select a physician or other health care provider by visiting christusphysiciangroup.org and call the office of their choice for more details on current health plan information, operating hours, and services offered.

About CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System
Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, with campuses located in the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, in Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. Located downtown, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, formerly known as CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, is the first hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System also owns a majority interest in CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers – San Antonio, LLC, a joint venture physician partnership which is comprised of two outpatient surgery centers in San Antonio with facilities in Stone Oak and the Medical Center.  Additionally, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System owns a majority interest in the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center in New Braunfels, a joint venture physician partnership.  CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is the preferred health system of the San Antonio SPURS. For additional information on CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, visit
www.christussantarosa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christussantarosa and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CSRHS.

 

 

Lower debt, higher wholesale sales allows CPS Energy to delay planned rate increase

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CPS Energy will once again be able to eliminate a rate increase request initially planned to take effect in February 2016.

This is the second time the company has been able to extend the time between rate increase requests, thanks to continued diligent streamlining of our business processes, lower debt costs and increased sales of wholesale electricity.

When CPS Energy came before the community seeking a rate adjustment for 2008, we shared plans which showed the need to seek rate increases every other year for the next decade, to pay for additional growth, environmental compliance and system maintenance.

As our regulator, the San Antonio City Council approved the next planned rate increase, which went into effect in 2010. In 2011, CPS Energy was able to delay our next planned request until 2013. In October of that year, the council approved a 4.25 percent rate adjustment, which went into effect this February.

At that time, we outlined to the council the anticipated need to ask for a 5.25 percent adjustment next year, to take effect in February 2016.

But as in 2012, we now do not need to make that request. Barring unlikely circumstances, we will not need to seek an increase until late 2017, which would go into effect February of 2018.

Several factors allowed for this change. Visit CPS Energy’s blog to read more.

 

 

 

SpawGlass Foundation presents $22,500 to Respite Care of San Antonio

180x150-SpawGlassOn November 18, 2014, SpawGlass Foundation presented a check for $22,500 to Respite Care of San Antonio. The check represents proceeds raised from SpawGlass-San Antonio’s first annual golf tournament held in October. This gift will empower specialized care, healing and hope to children with special needs residing in the Davidson Respite House and the Najim Family Respite Home. Respite Care of San Antonio’s mission is to provide services to enhance the stability and the nurturing opportunities of families caring for a loved one with a developmental disability.Check_Presentation_SpawGlass_and_Respite_Care

 

San Antonio named site for 2018 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®

SanAntonioSports_colorThe NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced that San Antonio will be the site for the 2018 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. San Antonio was one of eight cities vying for the marquee event in 2017-2020 cycle, including Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, and St. Louis. San Antonio has hosted three Men’s Final Four’s, the last one in 2008.

“This is great news and I want to thank the NCAA for selecting San Antonio as a site for the Men’s Final Four and confirming that San Antonio is one of the best cities in the nation—if not the best city—for hosting a Final Four. I want to thank and commend the hard work of the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee which includes UTSA, San Antonio Sports and our City staff. Once again, all that makes San Antonio special will be showcased across the country and around the world,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.

“NCAA fans love coming to San Antonio for this marquee event and our city has the perfect setup for all the Final Four has to offer,” said San Antonio Sports President & CEO Russ Bookbinder. “We look forward to hosting an outstanding event that is so much more than a basketball game.”

Based on the 2014 Men’s Final Four held in North Texas, the event is expected to have an economic impact of $85 million. It will be held in an Alamodome which will undergo extensive upgrades, including expanded concourses and improved interior technology, with a seating capacity of up to 72,000.

“We are proud to welcome back the NCAA Men’s Final Four to San Antonio. The Alamodome, San Antonio’s world-class facility, is already home to UTSA’s Roadrunner football and the Valero Alamo Bowl, and with our planned improvements will be the perfect setting for premier sporting events such as the Final Four,” said San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley.

San Antonio has hosted three previous Men’s Final Fours (1998, 2004, 2008), two Women’s Final Fours (2002, 2010) and two Women’s Division I Volleyball Championship (2005, 2011). Today’s announcement culminated more than a year of planning, meetings, facility diagrams, renderings, bid books, presentations and a site visit. San Antonio’s bid committee, including key members of San Antonio Sports, UTSA, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alamodome and the City’s Sports & Convention Facilities Department, traveled to the NCAA® headquarters on Nov. 12 for their final presentation to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

“We’re very excited that we have another opportunity to host the Final Four here in San Antonio. This means a tremendous amount to our university and to the visibility of UTSA,” said UTSA Athletic Director Lynn Hickey. “San Antonio is a great site for this event and the NCAA Tournament in general, and we are honored to be the host institution for one of the best sporting events in the nation. The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee is an excellent collaboration of hard-working and committed people. The City has made an outstanding commitment to upgrade the Alamodome, and when you put all of the other things that we have — the proximity of our hotels to the facility, the River Walk, the staff that knows how to run this tournament well — it’s just a win-win. It’s well deserved and we will do a great job as hosts.”

250,000 Honey Bees to take up residence at the Omni Colonnade

180x150-OmniSATwenty flourishing honey bee hives abuzz with more than a quarter of a million honey bees are being relocated to the first of its kind rooftop apiary and organic garden atop the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade. Ten of the hives will be moved to the apiary this week, with the remaining 10 hives being introduced in the spring.

A special ribbon cutting ceremony and photo opportunity of the new space will take place on Friday, November 14 at 3 p.m. at the Omni Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade, San Antonio, Texas.

The honey bee hives were rescued from homes and businesses in and around San Antonio whose owners were looking to remove the bees from their properties. For the past several months, bee keepers have been working to nurture them back to full hive activity and ensure the bees are disease free with good temperaments.

The new rooftop apiary will provide a new home for the honeybees where bee keepers will ensure they are properly fed, watered and have plenty of plants to keep them busy.

The unique arrangement between the American Honey Bee Protection Agency and the Omni Colonnade is an exciting first for South Texas.

“Our goal is to help rebuild our honey bee population, which has been dwindling in recent years,” says Duncan Cormie with AHPBA.  “Instead of exterminating these valuable hives, we rescued them.  Our bee keepers will tend to the honey bees to ensure they stay super happy. Managed hives like these tend to run off wild bee populations, and are much less likely to wander off or interact with humans.”

Cormie estimates the honey bees will produce approximately 2,000 pounds of honey over the course of a year. The Omni Colonnade will benefit from a portion of that honey, which they will use in dishes prepared by chefs at their Bolo’s restaurant, and offer as a condiment to restaurant guests and as a wonderful San Antonio memento from the gift shop.

AHPBA will sell the rest of the honey at H-E-B Central Market, with proceeds supporting their bee rescue programs. Cormie says 60% of the food we eat depends on honey bee pollination.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer the honey bees a new home at the Colonnade.  We are doing our part to save the honey bees, and will literally enjoy the fruits of their labor- both in the honey the produce and the organic vegetables that grow in the rooftop garden,” said Delfin Ortiz, General Manager of the Omni Colonnade.

For more information on American Honey Bee Protection Agency, visit www.ahbpa.org or contact Duncan Cormie at (512) 619-0963.