PHP Urban Ecology Center

Entrance to the PHP Urban Ecology Center

Entrance to the PHP Urban Ecology Center

The PHP Urban Ecology Center (UEC) opened in September of 2013 and includes 18,600 square feet of recreation and education space.

Designed by Lake Flato Architects, and constructed by Guido Brothers Construction, the UEC is built out of limestone and other materials native to the park. The $6.3 million PHP Urban Ecology Center overlooks the newly restored savanna and Golden Age, a commissioned art installation by San Antonio artist, Anne Wallace.

The PHP Urban Ecology is certified LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The solar panels on the UEC generate enough power to run three homes.  Photo By Justin Moore, Texas By Air

The solar panels on the UEC generate enough power to run three homes.

Photo By Justin Moore, Texas By Air

LEED Features:

  • Solar panels that generate enough energy to serve three avg. size residences

  • LED solar lighting in the parking lot

  • A bioswale and underground rainwater storage system

  • Permeable parking

  • Landscaped with native plants that are drought tolerant - no potable water is needed to use on landscape

Renting the Facility

The PHP Urban Ecology Center provides natural sanctuary in the heart of an urban area. The UEC is designed to be used by the community for educational lectures, private parties, corporate events, business meetings, and weddings. The UEC has a 3,000 sq. ft. Gathering Hall and a 1,000 sq. ft. classroom available to rent.

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UEC Classroom

The UEC Classroom is 1,000 sq. ft. , equipped with audio.visual capabilities including a drop down screen and projector.

The Classroom accommodates 50 seated in a traditional classroom style set-up.

It’s ideal for community meetings and continuing education courses.

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UEC Gathering Hall

The Gathering Hall is a 3,000 sq. ft. venue adjoined by a 450 sq. ft. catering kitchen. The Gathering Hall accommodates up to 250 auditorium style or 168 seated dinner.

The Gathering Hall has large sliding windows which open to the Savanna and courtyard creating a seamless connection with nature.

The Gathering Hall is Equipped with audio/visual capabilities, including a drop down screen and projector. It is the perfect venue for a private event, corporate retreat, or educational lecture series.

For information about renting the PHP Urban Ecology Center call 210-207-5323