NAIOP'S 2019 Best of the Best - Albuquerque Journal

NAIOP’S 2019 Best of the Best

2019 Chuck Gara Community Leader

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association was the first organization to receive the Chuck Gara Community Leader award. Named for Chuck Gara, a local real estate broker celebrated for his professionalism and his commitment for New Mexico, the award is given to a community leader who embodies similar attributes, according to Lynne Andersen, present of NAIOP New Mexico.

Rather than giving the award to an individual in 2019, Andersen said the awards committee wanted to celebrate the association for the work that the oil and gas industry has done in New Mexico this year.

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association represents more than 900 oil and natural gas companies, individuals, and stakeholders dedicated to promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of oil and natural gas resources in New Mexico, according to the association’s website.

2019 Cleve Mathews Vision Award

Netflix Albuquerque Studios

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

NAIOP decided to honor a local project from the streaming film and television giant Netflix. In January, Netflix signed an agreement to purchase Albuquerque Studios, after declaring its intent to purchase the studio late last year . The deal calls for Netflix to spend $1 billion over the course of a decade, and to add 1,000 jobs per year. As of October, the company was meeting its benchmarks for its first full year of operation in New Mexico.

To date, Netflix has spent around $2 million renovating the facility, at 5650 University SE. The studio will retain its name, but will bear the company’s distinctive “N” logo. Company offices are expected to be open by the start of 2020.

2019 Chairman’s Award Education

Facebook Data Center – Los Lunas

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

NAIOP’s signature award, designed to celebrate the projects that has had the most impact on the physical and economic development environment goes to Facebook’s data center project in Valencia County. The first of six planned buildings came online in February, with the others slated to be completed by the end of 2023, according to the Journal’s archives.

Construction on the $1 billion project brought more than 1,100 workers to the site each day during construction. Facebook has also signed commitments to add 396 megawatts of green energy to the state’s electric grid through eight wind and solar projects across New Mexico, which the Internet giant has estimated will result in an investment of more than $800 million.


Jal Public Schools

Owner: Jal Public Schools

General Contractor: HB Construction

Architect: Parkhill, Smith and Cooper

Engineer: Parkhill, Smith and Cooper

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

The Jal Bond Project was a K-12 campus renovation for Jal Public Schools. The campus-wide improvements included new construction of the elementary and junior high school facility, with significant renovations to the senior high school’s main building. The project also included construction of two new gymnasiums, central office, amphitheater, and natatorium. In total, the project consists of over 154,000 square feet of new and renovated space.

The consolidated campus features new classrooms, state-of-the-art science and computer labs and a culinary arts facility. Adjacent to the school is a replacement aquatic facility that includes an indoor lap pool with a retractable roof, and an outdoor aquatic pad with a water slide. The Jal Aquatics Center is the only facility of its kind in the city and will be open to the public for recreation and aquatic rehabilitation therapy.

Hospitality / Entertainment Office

Ten 3 Restaurant

Owner: Sandia Properties LLC

General Contractor: Bradbury Stamm Construction LLC

Architect: Bull Stockwell Allen

Engineers: Sandia Properties LLC, Walla Engineering

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

Located at the top of the Sandia Mountains, the new Ten 3 Restaurant re-establishes fine dining offerings on the site of the original High Finance Restaurant. To maximize valley views, the new building features floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant features two kitchens: a back-of-house kitchen and a display kitchen where customers can watch staff in action, offering farm-to-table options and beers from local breweries.

The construction team had to manage winter snows, high winds and summer thunderstorms to get the remote building completed. Construction crews, material and equipment were brought to the site via national forest service road and Sandia Tram cars.

Industrial / Infrastructure

Louisiana – Gibson Regional Drainage Facility at KAFB

Owner: Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority

General Contractor: Franklin’s Earthmoving Inc.

Architect: N/A

Engineer: Huitt-Zollars Inc.

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

Despite the traffic challenges associated with an extremely busy Air Force base entrance and a nearby elementary school, the team was able to design, permit and build a new flood control facility for Kirkland Air Force Base in 24 months, according to the NAIOP submission.

The facility falls away from the security gate location, maximizing oversight from security forces. The embankment is covered with decorative gravel to limit vegetation intrusion and erosion. The team also designed a new access road to the facility, doubling the scope of work while keeping the same construction schedule.


New Mexico Junior College Allied Health Building

Owner: New Mexico Junior College

General Contractor: HB Construction

Architect: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Engineers: Pettigrew and Associates PA, Bridgers & Paxton, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

The new 23,000-square-foot building will house New Mexico Junior College’s nurse training program. The interior of the facility mimics a real hospital, including 20 beds with functional headwalls, computerized pharmaceutical equipment and four simulation labs that can be used to create real-life medical scenarios.

The building was designed as a physical and symbolic bridge between NMJC’s campus and nearby Lea Regional Medical Center, in order to strengthen the college’s relationship with the medical center and Nor-Lea Hospital District and bolster its nurse training program.

MultiFamily/Residential (Tie)

Estancias De Las Soleras

Owner: Pulte Homes of New Mexico

General Contractor: Salls Brothers Construction Inc.

Architect: N/A

Engineer: Isaacson and Arfman Inc.

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

Estancia de Las Soleras, a collection of residential within the Las Soleras Master Planned Community near Santa Fe’s southern edge, is expected to house 302 families once the development is fully built out.

The mixed-use development is home to a mix of medical, recreational and commercial offerings, ranging from Starbucks to Dollar Tree. A regional park features walking paths and amenities for soccer players, dog owners and other users. In order to meet the city’s affordable housing requirements, developers purchased a nearby parcel and built an 87-unit affordable housing development known as Soleras Station. The additional development more than doubles the percentage of homes required to be designated as affordable housing, according to the NAIOP submission.

MultiFamily/Residential (tie)

The Franz at Country Club Plaza

Owner: Rembe Design + Development

General Contractor: Insight Construction

Architect: Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C.

Engineers: Mark Goodwin & Associates, Feight Engineering, HDC LLC, Walla Engineering

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

The Franz at Country Club Plaza, named for Huning Castle founder Franz Huning, is the final phase of a mixed-use infill project designed to revitalize a stretch of Central Avenue between Old Town and Downtown Albuquerque. The 50,000-square-foot, four-story building is on the former site of Horn Motor Lodge, which had fallen into disrepair. The Franz features 58 residential units, ground level community and co-working spaces and a community roof deck. The larger Country Club Plaza development currently houses more than 80 people, and has helped the neighborhood transition into a more vibrant commercial and residential stretch, according to the NAIOP submission.

Office (tie)

Descartes Labs

Owner: Aaron and Ernie Romero

General Contractor: Sarcon Construction

Architects: SMPC Architects, Autotroph

Engineers: BG Buildingworks, Chavez Grieves Consulting Engineers

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

Descartes Labs renovated a portion of the historic Firestone Building near Santa Fe Plaza to help support its growing team of scientists. The remodel was designed to retain elements that emphasized Santa Fe’s regional design, while building a comfortable and aesthetically appealing space.

Features of the former bank lobby were repaired and refinished for individual work and group meetings. A full-service commercial kitchen managed by the company chef was added as part of the re-design.

Interior walls on the second floor were demolished, and the space was rebuilt as a contemporary open workspace with abundant daylight and views. An existing roof patio extends from this space, offering an alternative space for employees to talk and work.

Office (tie)

Sandia Pueblo Office Complex

Owner: Sandia Pueblo

General Contractor: Jaynes Corporation

Architect: Robert G. Heiser, Steve Osborn

Engineers: High Mesa Consulting Group, Yearout Mechanical, Chavez-Grieves

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

Sandia Pueblo drew on Pueblo-style architecture when designing a new two-story office complex for its employees. The contemporary design uses large windows to take advantage of natural sunlight and panoramic views of the Sandia mountains. Despite a challenging, sloped site, the team was able to take the project from the design phase to occupancy within the allotted 12-month time frame.

The building now houses administrative departments and training facilities for the Pueblo and Sandia Resort Casino, including employees from the Pueblo’s human resources, gaming commission and management information systems departments.


Eastern New Mexico University – Golden Student Success Center Renovation

Owner: Eastern New Mexico University

General Contractor: Bradbury Stamm

Architect: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Engineers: Lydick Engineers & Surveyors, Bernhard TME, LLC, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

Eastern New Mexico University converted an aging library into more modern hub for students while achieving LEED Gold Certification. Designers simplified the building’s shell by removing an addition built during the 1970s, giving it a mid-century feel that matches other buildings on campus. The remodel raised the roof and added clerestory glass throughout the building, which added natural light. The design achieved a 50% reduction of landscaping water use while providing “visually interesting and usable outdoor environments,” according to the NAIOP submission. Additionally, the redesigned building achieved maximum LEED points for indoor water use reduction.


Andalucía Retail Center

Owner: Silver Leaf Ventures LLC

General Contractor: Mike Hontas

Architect: N/A

Engineers: Wilson & Co., Walla Engineering

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

With more and more development occurring on the west side of the Rio Grande, Andalucia provides a new retail hub at one of Albuquerque’s busiest intersections. The shopping center features seven buildings with stacked limestone, polished concrete masonry, precast concrete and synthetic stucco, designed to give the buildings a unique look and feel.

Steel-framed portals, custom lighting on buildings and walkways and the orientation of the buildings themselves are designed to create contribute to a safe and pleasant experience for customers. The shopping center, at Coors and Montano, is anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market and PetSmart, and local tenants like La Cumbre Brewing Co. and Sushi Freak have also signed leases.

Community & Civic Public (tie)

Albuquerque BioPark Penguin Chill Exhibit

Owner: City of Albuquerque

General Contractor: HB Construction

Architect: Van H. Gilbert and Associates

Engineers: Isaacson & Arfman, PA, Bridgers and Paxton, Chavez-Grieves

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

The ABQ BioPark’s new Penguin Chill Exhibit is the first of its kind in the Southwest, housing King, Macaroni, and Gentoo penguins. The facility is 14,550 square feet, with a 75,589-gallon water tank that allows visitors to view the penguins both above-ground and underwater. The viewing deck, designed to replicate the penguins’ natural habitat, allows guests to watch feedings and partake in lectures. A submarine-themed level allows visitors to experience the role of a researcher in the Arctic, while an underwater viewing room lets guests watch the penguins swim. All of the features integrated into the habitat aid the penguins and teach visitors more about the species.

Community & Civic Public (Tie)

NM State Police Glen Huber Building

Owner: State of New Mexico FMD

General Contractor: R&M Construction, LLC

Architects: The Hartman + Majewski Design Group, Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller

Engineers: The Hartman + Majewski Design Group, Bridgers and Paxton Consulting Engineers, Quiroga Pfeiffer Engineering Corp

(Courtesy of NAIOP)

The new 10,000-square-foot district headquarters in Española replaces an outdated building with one designed to foster a safer and healthier environment for officers and members of the public, according to the NAIOP submission. A clerestory provides natural daylight throughout the building and a beacon visible to the public at night. The primary functions are organized along a simple central circulation spine in three main zones: public, secure, and in-custody.

Since the building opened earlier this year, public officials from other communities in New Mexico and neighboring states have visited and view it as a successful prototype for other police facilities.

New Mexico’s oil and gas industry honored at awards

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