APS’s Atrisco Elementary is a bilingual K-5 school tucked away in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Their existing campus had a need for classroom consolidation and collaborative learning spaces. These needs were met with a 39,990sf addition to their existing campus, which provided a modernized kitchen and cafeteria, while also creating space for 14 general classrooms, 3 special use classrooms, an art/music room, administrative suites and support offices.

The new design created an integrated learning environment by linking all classrooms, once separated, under one roof and by constructing large halls that can house groups of students to encourage collaboration, and also maintain access control. The new classrooms incorporate connecting double doors in order to accommodate team teaching. Other classroom features include cubbies, clerstory windows to boost daylight, tackable surfaces that double for acoustic attenuation, and a spectrum of vibrant accent walls.

The project also included extensive sitework comprised of demolition of non-operational outlier classrooms, relocation of utilities, and a new parking lot and drainage system. Exterior aesthetic improvements included a new synthetic turf field and updated landscaping.

This project was originally slated to achieve LEED Silver Certification, however, the efforts put forth by the design team and contractors elevated it to LEED Gold. This was done by incorporating sustainable design strategies including: high performing HVAC system, low flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, high performance glazing, increased acoustic attenuation, photo-voltaic energy production panels and increased building insulation. These strategies were combined with shading devices to maximize natural light, reduce electrical lighting, and reduce the cooling load on the building. Altogether, 90% of addition's space is filled with natural daylighting.


Address1201 Atrisco Dr. SW, Albuquerque, NM
OwnerAlbuquerque Public Schools
ArchitectSJFC Greer/Stafford
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