Honokea’s architect for the Palm Springs mixed use development, Lake Flato, was awarded ULI’s global design excellence award for their mixed use redevelopment in San Antonio called Pearl (read more about the project)
Pearl is an 850,000-square-foot (79,000 sq m) mixed-use development on the 21-acre (8.5 ha) site of the former Pearl Brewery in San Antonio. The brewery, which began operation in 1883 and was once the city’s largest employer, ceased production in 2001. When the site was acquired in 2002 by local investor Silver Ventures Inc., the 19th-century buildings were failing structurally, the grounds were contaminated, and the adjacent streets flooded regularly. The derelict industrial site was located in an inner-city neighborhood plagued by crime, storefront vacancies, and very low residential density, the result of a decades-long economic and cultural decline.
Pearl is now home to the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America and 18 chef/proprietor-driven restaurants and bars. A farmers market draws 5,000 to 7,000 people each weekend, and additional programming engages the community year-round. The 146-key Hotel Emma provides old-world comfort within the historic and industrial context of the original brewhouse. The project’s 432 rental residential units have the highest rental and occupancy rates in the city. The retail and office mix reflects a thoughtful selection that has created a uniquely San Antonio experience.
“This project is a really strong model for inserting something new into an otherwise derelict neighborhood of abandoned buildings and turning it into something that could revitalize the neighborhood.” -Juror, AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Project Award