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.
|Address||1201 Atrisco Dr. SW, Albuquerque, NM|
|Owner||Albuquerque Public Schools|
Bernalillo Elementary serves grades 3 thru 5 and was constructed in a residential neighborhood in Bernalillo, NM next to the District’s existing Middle School to create one unified campus. It offers an age appropriate adjacency to both schools and allows for shared use of facilities including the bus drop-off, playfields and parking. The available site for the new school was split by an existing irrigation acequia and thus restricted the campus’ buildable area. Therefore, the development of a two-story classroom scheme was essential for the project’s constructability. The two-story facility allowed for a very compact footprint enhancing the efficiency of the building in both usable space and energy consumption.
|Address||480 Calle del Norte, Bernalillo, NM|
|Owner||Bernalillo Public Schools|
|Architect||Fanning Bard Tatum Architects|
In 2010 Enterprise Builders Corporation completed the renovation/addition of Carlos Gilbert Elementary, a historical educational facility in the heart of Santa Fe’s downtown area. This school was originally built in 1942 and after serving thousands of students throughout the decades, it was in dire need of a facelift and more space to accommodate the growing population. EB added 7,500 sf to the existing structure to make room for a new library and additional kitchen space. The interior design of Carlos Gilbert is reflective of the era in which the original building was built. Such accents are apparent in the intricate woodwork, Ernest Thompson Furniture, decorative doors/frames, and stunning lighting fixtures that make up the 1940’s traditional New Mexican décor.
**Recipient of the Santa Fe Historic Preservation Award
|Address||300 Griffin Street Santa Fe, NM|
|Owner||300 Griffin Street Santa Fe, NM|
|Architect||Claudio Vigil Architects|
Desert Willow Family School is an alternative K-8 school that combines classroom instruction with home-based instruction. Their existing campus had a need for more classrooms and collaborative work spaces. These needs were met with a 16,090sf addition to their existing campus. This addition boasts a multi-purpose room, 7 general classrooms, 1 lecture room, administrative offices, kiln, restrooms, and support areas.
The new design is intended to meet the goals of the staff and students by creating an integrated learning environment. This was done by linking classrooms with teacher workrooms, and providing movable partitions inside the classrooms so they can be reconfigured based on the instructor (teachers share classrooms due to type of hybrid school program). Other classroom features include custom casework, windows to boost daylight, tackable surfaces that double for acoustic attenuation, tubular skylights, and a spectrum of vibrant accent walls.
Beautiful Northern New Mexico Architectural features decorate the exterior including pitched dormer windows, aluminum accents, exposed beams and a metal roof. This addition was meant to look like a single build, single campus; meaning the transition from the existing building to addition was intended to appear seamless. The project team worked meticulously to match all existing exterior finishes and successfully completed the outcome desired by the client. Additionally, security upgrades were of prime concern during the design of the campus addition. The project team enclosed the campus with gates to control access and added security cameras and prepared the site for a new playground, which was installed by an APS vendor.
933 Bradbury consisted of a large scale renovation of 118,00 sf of office space. Major demolition was completed, a new HVAC system was installed, an elevator was added, windows were replaced and new offices were constructed. This remodel was completed in one year while the building remained fully operable. To protect tenants and nearby pedestrians, extra precautions were taken to ensure a clean work environment by creating safe pedestrian walkways, blocking off construction zones, adhering to noise control procedures and phasing the project.
|Address||933 Bradbury Albuquerque, NM|
|Owner||University of New Mexico Sandia Foundation|