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Imperial Building Construction Progress

Imperial Building

Posted by Jeremy Shelton

The Imperial Building - a mixed-use grocery, retail, and housing development - completed construction in fall 2016 and celebrated its grand opening in downtown Albuquerque.

The following posts show the development of the Imperial Building. You can also view the completed project and read about the mixed-use design.


Construction Progress

August 29, 2016 - Grand opening!

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August 24, 2016 - Rooftop veggies! The inaugural planting and harvest of the Imperial Building's rooftop garden.

August 19, 2016 - The Imperial Building is coming | 08.29.2016

July 13, 2016 - Silver Street Market to open in August

May 10, 2016 - View from the top! Photos of the Imperial Building rooftop garden.

April 29, 2016 - After 15 months of construction, we have reached substantial completion!

January 13, 2016 - One year after the ground breaking

The Imperial Building is in the final stages of construction. Check out the blog post from Off Center & Not Even for an animated gif of the construction progress.

Imperial Building Construction January 2016

November 18, 2015 - Ninety percent leased! Photo courtesy of YES Housing, Inc.

Currently under construction, the Imperial Building is about 90% leased. Retail tenants aren't being revealed just yet, but we're excited about the progress and can't wait until it's complete and full of activity. Read the story in the ABQ Journal

Imperial Building, November 11, 2015

August 18, 2015 - construction update from Jaynes Corporation

August 17, 2015 - Silver Street Market is coming soon! Photo courtesy of Angelo Baca / YES Housing, Inc.

Silver Street Market coming soon!

May 29, 2015 - Jaynes Corporation takes a tour of the Imperial Building in this drone flythrough.

May 2015 - First slab poured for the Imperial Building's underground parking garage! Photos courtesy of Dory Wegrzyn / YES Housing, Inc.

Imperial Building slab pouring, photo courtesy of Dory Wegryzn. Imperial Building slab pouring, photo courtesy of Dory Wegryzn.
Imperial Building slab pouring, photo courtesy of Dory Wegryzn. Imperial Building slab pouring, photo courtesy of Dory Wegryzn.

Giant Cistern (25,000 gallons) to collect rainwater for rooftop garden irrigation. Photos courtesy of Dory Wegrzyn / YES Housing, Inc.

Cistern at Imperial Building Site, courtesy of Dory Wegrzyn/YES Housing, Inc

Cistern at Imperial Building Site, courtesy of Dory Wegrzyn/YES Housing, Inc Cistern at Imperial Building Site, courtesy of Dory Wegrzyn/YES Housing, Inc

Site Visit on 3/5/2015 - whole site from the parking structure across the street

Imperial Building construction

Site Visit on 2/26/2015 - installation of the soldier piles for the shoring system

Imperial Building Construction

Groundbreaking - January 13, 2015

Existing Site - May 2014


What is the Imperial Building?

Situated in Albuquerque's downtown core, the Imperial Building is a mixed-use design that brings a grocery store, commercial space, three floors of multi-family housing, and a rooftop garden terrace to the growing population living in and around downtown.

What does is mean for downtown redevelopment?

The Imperial Building prioritizes the "park once" and pedestrian first concept laid out in the Downtown 2010 Sector Development Plan.

The site is within walking distance of the Alvarado Transportation Center, attractions, amenities, and jobs. The Imperial Building is contributing to the convenience of the urban development with the addition of a grocery store and new services. It is expected to become a neighborhood focal point for current and future residents.

Skyline of Downtown Albuquerque, illustration

Imperial Building Design

Every neighborhood needs a grocery store, and that's what the Imperial Building brings to downtown Albuquerque. It is designed to be familiar, something that belongs, and something that will continue to be.

Entrance from Silver Avenue and 2nd Street

Color Sketch of Imperial Building Grocery Store Corner

rendering of Imperial Building from 2nd Street and Silver Ave

A preliminary drawing and rendering depict the intimate neighborhood feel of the ground-level grocery store. Large display windows, friendly storefronts, and pedestrian entrances along street sidewalks invite customers in.

Grocery Store

Sketch of Imperial Building Grocery Store Interior

Sketch of the interior of the Imperial Building grocery store. The grocery will occupy close to half of the ground floor area, and it will be open throughout the day and into the evening.

Rooftop Terrace

Sketch of Imperial Building Rooftop Garden

Rendering of Imperial Building rooftop garden

Given the downtown location and the necessary density of the Imperial Building, the rooftop is designed to serve the neighborhood's open space needs and provide expansive views of the surrounding area. Barbeque grills and edible landscaping encourage community gatherings, while other areas offer contemplative spaces for individuals.

Parking Garage

Rendering of below grade parking garage

The underground parking garage is designed to offer convenience to residents, house maintenance and workshop rooms, collect storm water from the roof in a large cistern, and offer resident bicycle storage. A mural will be painted along the parking ramp to commemorate muralist Antonio Lente, a graduate from Valley High School who died of cancer in 2008.

Imperial Building History

The Imperial Building is located in Albuquerque's downtown core on a Brownfield site that had remained vacant for over a decade. The underutilized site was identified as a great location for a new mixed-use development, and borrowing the name from the historic Imperial Laundry Company that occupied the lot in the early 20th century, the concept for the Imperial Building was brought forward. Read more about the history and concept of the Imperial Building.