The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa recently put the finishing touches on the final phase of a multi-year renovation totaling nearly $11 million.
Last week, the resort north of Albuquerque announced that it had completed a $3.3 million effort to renovate 12 indoor meeting spaces, adding new LED lighting and audio-visual equipment, in addition to new glass, doors, carpet and wall coverings.
The updates mark the third and final phase of a larger $10.8 million renovation designed to modernize the overall look and feel of the resort, while highlighting its unique collection of tribal art and the natural beauty of its setting north of Albuquerque.
“It really became evident that there were some really beautiful art and cultural elements that didn’t have a chance to shine,” said Doug Detiveaux, senior designer for Gensler, the architect guiding the renovation.
Tamaya opened in 2001 on a 500-acre parcel in Santa Ana Pueblo, and Detiveaux noted that many of the design elements, including the carpets, hadn’t been meaningfully changed since the resort opened. Inga Zunte, project manager for Gensler, said the resort’s design didn’t make the most of its collection of Native American artifacts, or its views of the Sandia Mountains.
After Gensler came on board during the summer of 2016, the design firm set out to remake the resort’s public-facing spaces. Detiveaux said the designers found a more prominent place for Tamaya’s art collection, between the lobby and the elevators near the front of the resort.