Design Service


If selected, process requires a conceptual design of your ideas for submission.

Operation Facelift will provide one (1) complimentary design that enhances your building based on the budget.  The approved final design will be then used by the construction team to improve your building.

As part of the Operation Facelift Program, we offer complimentary design services that:

  1. Analyze the building
  2. Offer suggestions for improvements, most of which will be implemented.
  3. Provide final storefront elevation drawing

If selected, you agree to allow Operation Facelift to rehabilitate your building.  After the design phase, Operation Facelift is in direct contact with the construction team .  The Operation Facelift program will take care of

  1. Soliciting bids from small construction firms 
  2. Implementing the final design
  3. Providing payment to the construction firms



request for proposalS





August 15, 2016

SUBJECT:  Operation Facelift Design Concepts

Dear Prospective Respondent:

The Department of Planning & Community Development is seeking responses from firms that have an interest in a contract to complete façade designs for the revitalization of commercial properties in the REnewSA target areas.   The Department is requesting that interested firms submit a brief work plan by September 15, 2016.  The maximum award amount for this contract is $12,000 per fiscal year: $1,000 per conceptual design, with up to a total of twelve (12) completed designs per fiscal year.  This contract will be for two (2) fiscal years, which shall commence on October 1, 2016 and terminate on September 30, 2018.     



Background Information

In operation since 1998, the intent of Operation Facelift is to reverse the deterioration of commercial structures, promote consistency in design, and create aesthetically pleasing environments while assisting property owners with the appropriate exterior rehabilitation of their buildings and bring them up to city code.

Tenants or property owners in target areas apply for matching funds and are reimbursed up to $26,900 upon completion of project.  The conceptual designs created through the selected designer will be used as a guideline for improving the property and directing the scope of work.

The program falls under the umbrella of REnewSA, a place-based approach to community development. REnewSA is a collaborative initiative aimed at restoring value and vitality to our neighborhoods and commercial corridors. 


Scope of Services

During the term of the contract, the selected firm will be responsible for providing designs that reflect the rebranding of up to twelve (12) commercial properties each fiscal year through conceptual designs that enhance the image of the neighborhood.  The vision should include the specific information outlined below.


 Conceptual designs for the following:

  1. Façade analysis of each building’s storefront to identify elements to be removed or redesigned. This should be completed using a single block face with leader notes pointing to the suggested improvements
  2. Conceptual façade improvement (including suggested new signage) elevations of each building’s storefront.
  3. A scope of work highlighting the key improvements which could be done for an estimated $26,900.
a. Scope of work will be provided as line items on excel sheet


If your firm is interested in a contract with the City of San Antonio for the above-described project, please submit completed packet via email to Irma Iris Duran, Program Manager, at by 4:30 pm CST on Friday, September 15.  The work plan should include the items outlined in the enclosed attachments.


If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Irma Iris Duran at (210) 207-4686 or the email address provided above.  We appreciate your interest and look forward to your response.




Bridgett White

Interim Director



Invitations for Bids

The Operation Facelift program, funded through Housing and Urban Development. 

The key objective of the program is to revitalize and return activity to commercial corridors. Fresh paint, new awnings, or complete facade rehabilitation all signal that something positive is happening. These first few steps can be the spark to ignite interest and spur new commercial activity. Operation Facelift provides a catalyst for these first steps. 

Operation Facelift is a grant program with funds to support façade improvement projects on commercial buildings located in target areas. Participating projects are reimbursed for eligible façade improvements. The maximum grant award is $26,900 and funds are distributed upon completion of phase or project.

A contract is administered between property owner (applicant) and City of San Antonio (grantor). An agreement is created between grantor and small business construction firm (contractor).  An agreement between applicant and contractor must also be made to coordinate scheduling.  

Selected contractors must adhere to Prevailing Wages. A meeting will be organized by the applicant with selected contractor and city staff prior to commencement of construction. 

Funding is provided directly to contractor upon completion of the improvements. Applicants are responsible for time management on site, obtaining all permits and approvals, correcting any code violations,  and maintenance of the façade improvements for up to five years. 

Contractors cannot be paid until work is inspected by staff, prevailing wage is submitted and an invoice is provided.  Funds are provided no less than two weeks after submission of all required paperwork.  

Our operation facelift applicants are currently seeking skilled contractors to bid on the following projects.


Requirements for General Contractors

General Contractor Applications 

Deadline September 30, 2016


Phone: 210.207.4686

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2017 selected projects
Avenida Guadalupe/West Downtown

908 West Houston Street

Beacon Hill/Five points

926 Fredericksburg Road
1446 North Flores
803 West Ashby

Las Palmas

117 Matyear

South San/Kindred

7802 Somerset

Wheatley Courts

2757 East Houston

World Heritage Site

2743 Roosevelt
5008 South Presa

September 1

2018 round of applications opens for select target areas.

October 14, 4:00 PM

Deadline for applications personally delivered

October 15, 5:00 PM

Deadline for applications via email.

November 15

Winners Announced