The Bexar County Commissioners Court on Feb. 7 approved an amendment to the Construction Manager at Risk Agreement with Thos S. Byrne Inc. for the new Precinct 4 building with a maximum guaranteed price of $14,700,324.

In 2015, Bexar County purchased a 51.47 acre tract lying adjacent to JBSA-Randolph on the southwest side. The property is south of the intersection of Rocket Lane and Loop 1604.

In April 2022, the Commissioners Court approved a contract with the firm for Construction Manager at Risk services for the new building, and the constructability review and full design documents were completed in January.

The new facility will include drive-thru lanes and house services such as the tax assessor and collector, the constable of Precinct 4, the justice of peace of Precinct 4, and a satellite office for the Precinct 4 commissioner.

According to Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert, the current Precinct 4 building is being rented, and it will be more beneficial for the county in the long run to invest in the 51-acre property.

“Instead of the county renting from another building, we are now going to invest in ourselves,” Calvert said. “And through this particular 51 acres, there are opportunities for the county to have the space for other businesses to actually give the county rent money and make money for the county.”

The estimated completion date for the project is the summer of 2024.

The Commissioners Court also approved an additional project contingency in the amount of $900,000 and a budgetary transfer.

This item passed in a 3-1 vote with Precinct 3 Commissioner Grant Moody voting against the item.

“I am open to a change order or coming back with the specific bids and everything,” Moody said. “I just wouldn’t feel comfortable right now supporting a contingency fund on top of another contingency fund when I don’t know specifically what that is going to cover and what the cost will be.”