Emerging from Albuquerque’s southeast quadrant is the up-and-coming suburban community, Mesa Del Sol. Blooming with new life, this area currently serves as a hub for much of Albuquerque’s incoming commerce and will soon offer upscale living at affordable prices. Enterprise Builders Corporation, along with Page Southerland Page Architects (Austin, TX), recently added to the rapidly growing business district with the Design/Assist construction of the GSA Building . New construction of the GSA facility consisted of nearly 75,000 sf of sustainable space.
SHELL To give the building a “natural stone” appearance, our team introduced a new form of exterior finish to New Mexico by using Thermocromex, a durable limestone based product superior to stucco or EFIS. Thermocromex is designed to be a high performance cladding with a life expectancy exceeding 100 years and a proven record to resist weathering and fading. To assist with the external aesthetics, wood beams and aluminum “trees” were placed near windows and across walkways to provide blockage from the sun yet still maintain an organic appeal.
COURTYARD This building surrounds an exposed courtyard, making this natural environment the focal point and inspiration for the building’s design features. With suspended wood beams floating high above and the calming atmosphere full of blossoming vegetation, this area is not only exquisitely beautiful but serves as an outdoor oasis for employees and guests.
SUSTAINABLY STUNNING Our team designed this facility to adhere to the highest “green” standards and we are currently pending a USGBC LEED Silver rating. We included low VDC materials, water efficient landscaping with storm water design, lighting fixtures with timer control, heat island, Dakin HVAC system, low flow toilets and many more sustainable amenities. Interior finishes are complimentary of the natural atmosphere we intended to capture with our design. We used a variety of finishing materials with low VDC including polished concrete, carpet, rubber flooring in the gym area, a stunning array of paint colors and custom cabinets completed by Enterprise Builders’ cabinetry shop.
|Address||5441 Watson Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM|
|Owner||General Services Administration|
|Architect||Page Southerland Page, LLP|
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