The American Society of Radiologic Technologists, celebrating its 30th anniversary here, just unveiled its four-story, $8.5 million, 30,000-square-foot expansion and renovation.
ASRT – the world’s largest radiologic science organization, representing more than 151,000 medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals – relocated from Chicago in 1983 and purchased a 21,000-square-foot building at 15000 Central Ave. SE. ASRT had eight employees and 15,000 members at the time, and now has more than 120 employees. The office has nearly quadrupled in size to about 80,000 square feet.
ASRT CEO Sal Martino said the group owes a debt of gratitude to the community of Albuquerque.
“The local businesses that support ASRT’s work range from travel agencies to printing companies and from landscapers to accounting firms,” he said in a statement. “In addition, we get tremendous support from the University of New Mexico, all of the Albuquerque hospitals and the local radiology practices. And, of course, this community is home to our employees and their families. We’re proud to be headquartered here in Albuquerque.”
On Friday night, the group celebrated with an open house attended by about 600 people.
The expansion provides space and amenities to accommodate growth and expand programs for members. In addition to office and meeting space, the building features a state-of-the-art video recording and editing studio that provides ASRT with the tools to produce continuing education courses, webinars, public service announcements and other professional materials, ASRT said in a news release.
J.B. Henderson served as the general contractor for the project.
The renovated space includes space for a 4,400-square-foot museum devoted to collecting, preserving and sharing the radiologic science profession’s history. The museum will open in 2015.