Aztec on the River

San Antonio, TX 78210

Strickland Engineering was the MPE Engineering Consultant for the historic renovation and restoration of the Aztec Theater on the San Antonio River Walk. The Aztec Theater opened in 1926. The Aztec Theatre offers over 16,500 square feet of dining and retail area on the RiverWalk and over 3,400 square feet of retail along Commerce Street, along with 4 floors of office lease space. Strickland Engineering was responsible for the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical system designs for the renovation and restoration project.

HVAC system design included new chilled water fan-coil systems for all of the office spaces on the upper two floors. A new chilled water / hot water heating system was designed for the renovated theater and lobby areas utilizing the existing historic, leather belt driven fan. All of the new chilled water and hot water coils and piping, new ductwork and new temperature controls had to be designed to fit within the existing building, ceiling spaces, chases and floor areas without damaging any of the existing historic façade and details within the building. The original basement was dug out and increased to add lobbies, retail space and restaurants with a new entrance at the Riverwalk.

Plumbing design included all new water and waste piping for new restrooms and renovated restrooms. New plumbing systems were designed for the new restaurants. A new, high efficiency domestic hot water system was designed for the project. The fixtures for the renovated areas were selected to maintain the historic nature of the building.

Electrical design included a 3000 amp service, power service to an elevator, full-scale addressable fire alarm system, theatrical lighting, power and audio for the IMAX theater, and electrical service distribution to restaurant and lease spaces.


Client: Drury Southwest, Inc.