June 1, 2021

The Institute of Cybersecurity and Innovation (I-CSI), within North East Independent School District’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program, is a world-class facility in the making with a mission to prepare students for careers in the growing cybersecurity industry. San Antonio is home to the country’s second-largest concentration of cybersecurity experts and nearly 40 cybersecurity companies have headquarters in San Antonio. “The Institute will provide students a professional environment to learn, while responding to an immediate need in the workplace,” says Josue Burguete, RA NEISD District Architect.

The I-CSI project consists of the renovation of a former supermarket facility into the first CTE campus of its kind. CGC General Contractors is currently working on the initial phases to be complete this July and ready for student instruction in August. Work includes two security operations center classrooms, two network laboratories, two instructional classrooms, faculty offices to include a conference room and administrative support area, lobby and restroom facilities. The Security Operations Center (SOC) classrooms and Network Labs feature integrated interior assemblies, a system of technology integrated prefab demountable walls and raised access flooring supporting visual screens and audio devices, writeable surfaces, and custom graphics enhancing the cybersecurity learning environment.

The Institute of Cybersecurity and Innovation will host an advanced curriculum that will offer limitless opportunities for the students of North East ISD. Close coordination and trust between NEISD, the design team and CGC has mitigated problems related to pandemic-related lead times and phasing challenges to meet a tight schedule. “Since stepping foot in the building, it’s been an honor for CGC to be apart of the team to deliver this pivotal project to NEISD and the City of San Antonio,” said Bill Cleary, CGC Vice President.

CGC is a full-service general contractor in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. -cmw

Author N/A. North East Institute of Cybersecurity and Innovation. San Antonio Construction News. June 2021.