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Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center snares big tenant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center has landed a new tenant, a local construction company.

SC3 Development, which bought the 78,000-square-foot building in 2016, announced Tuesday that Guzman Construction Solutions will occupy nearly 17,000 square feet of space in the three-story center.

Rudy Guzman, owner of the firm, said his company specializes in demolition and excavation services for customers in the commercial, military and institutional sectors. The company has more than 100 employees.

The lease marks the largest tenant at the Aperture Center, which is located at 5700 University SE, and will be the hub for Guzman Construction Solutions’ continued growth plans in New Mexico, according to the company’s owner. “We are excited to move our operations to the Aperture building and be part of the future expansion of Mesa del Sol,” said Guzman. “My incredible employees are thrilled to relocate to this beautiful building that has such an easy morning drive to get here.”

SC3 Development, a division of SC3 International, previously inked tenant W. Paul Waters + Associates. The firm, which specializes in government, community and commercial design and development projects, is leasing 15,000 square feet of space – a full floor – of the Class A office building. Also doing business at the Aperture is The Eatery, a quick-service restaurant.

With the Guzman transaction, the Aperture building is 42 percent occupied with the remaining space under contract to be built out and occupied in the next 180 days, according to a SC3 Development spokeswoman.

Stantec acquires local firm

Global design firm Stantec is strengthening its water, transportation, and public-works service in the southwestern United States with the planned acquisition of New Mexico-based consulting engineering firm Occam Engineers Inc.

The transaction is expected to close in March, the companies announced in a joint news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OEI specializes in the professional service areas of civil engineering, public works, transportation, development engineering, planning and feasibility, program management, water resources and value analysis. The 55-person firm is headquartered in Albuquerque, with offices in Santa Fe, Roswell, Artesia, Las Cruces, Silver City, and Tucumcari. OEI also has an office in Houston.

“OEI brings a long-held focus on integrity, excellence and collaboration, and we are thrilled to welcome their talented team members to our growing company community,” said John Take, Stantec senior vice president – water. “OEI’s strong client relationships in both the water and transportation markets will help us as we continually expand both the depth and breadth of our professional services across the Southwest.”

OEI is the result of the merger of firms Engineers Inc., Occam Consulting Engineers Inc. and Easterling Consultants.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to pursue large-scale public-works projects not only in New Mexico, but across all of the Colorado River Basin states, while providing our existing clients an expanded array of capabilities drawn from the larger Stantec network,” says Scott Verhines, OEI president. “Stantec’s technical expertise, coupled with our strong relationships in both transportation and water, provide our employees exciting avenues to pursue meaningful projects advancing the quality of life in communities across the region.”

Steve Sinovic is the Journal’s real estate reporter. He can be contacted at ssinovic@abqjournal.com or by calling 505-823-3919.

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