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ABQ architecture firm snares top honors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque architecture firm Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture landed top honors at the recent Albuquerque chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2011 banquet.

The firm took home a total of four awards from projects throughout the state, the chapter said in a news release. The designs were lauded by judges for their simplicity, integrated sustainability and “deliberate rigor.”

The projects were, the Colfax County Leon Karelitz Judicial Center; Bloomfield Police Headquarters/Municipal Court/MVD; Albuquerque Police Department Northwest Area Command/Michael R. King & Richard W. Smith Jr. Memorial Substation; and Isleta Tribal Services Complex.

APD’s Northwest Area Command Headquarters, which received the AIA’s highest accolade — the Honor Award — is one of the City of Albuquerque’s first LEED Gold Certified facilities.  The city’s largest substation commemorates fallen officers Michael R. King & Richard W. Smith Jr.

In recognition of its design excellence, the chapter said AIA National included the NW Area Command in its 2010 Justice Facility Review and the International Association of Law Enforcement planners awarded the facility “2011 Project of the Year.”

The Isleta Pueblo’s Tribal Services Complex received the second of two Honor awards for RMKM.

Visible from I-25 south, the Tribal Council Chambers are the signature element of the complex that houses the Tribal Police, along with the Fire Department, Courts, Tribal Administration. All departments share a parking garage, conference center, fitness center, cafe, and circulation plaza, reducing redundancy of these functions.

Stainless steel tubes woven into a distinctive ‘Jacal’ shade structure wrap the Council Chambers’ envelope of curved glazing.

A beacon to the community and passersby alike, the composition “speaks to [Isleta’s] history while signaling a new, progressive future,” according to one juror.

Other awards at the AIA Albuquerque banquet included:

■ Citation Award Recipient to Grounding/Landslide Mitigation Housing— Entropic Industries.

■ Unbuilt Citation Award Recipients were: El Paso Residence — Archaeo Architects; House Thirty-Thirty —  Archaeo Architects.

■ Theoretical-Merit Award Recipients were: Patterned Occupancies — Entropic Industries + DNCA; 3 River Barges — Margaret Pedone Architect.

■ General Design-Citation Award Recipients were to Santa Fe County Public Works Complex Administration Building, Michael Freeman Architect + Bauer Freeman McDermott Architects.

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