NAIOP 2019 Awards the Best of the Best

December 18, 2019

NAIOP New Mexico, a commercial real estate group, celebrated the 2019 Awards of Excellence with a packed room of developers, architects, contractors, and members of the building community. D/P/S is proud to have contributed to five award-winning projects. 

Eagle Award | Medical | New Mexico Junior College Allied Health Building

Critical goals for the project included a desire to bolster an already strong academic program, strengthen the relationship with Lea Regional Medical Center and Nor-Lea Hospital District, provide a facility that would support the curriculum needed locally, and continue to inspire students and encourage graduates to remain in Lea County. To support these goals, the building was designed as a bridge between the campus and Lea Regional Medical Center, physically, programmatically, and symbolically. Views to the hospital and main campus have been maintained and accentuated to strengthen the symbolic connection between the academic and professional worlds.

A combination of innovative design and modern technology promotes recruitment and retention of students and staff, while physical transparency and visual connections promote a state of education on display. The final design creates an intuitive and inviting atmosphere that promotes interaction and fosters collaboration that is student-student, faculty-faculty, and student-faculty.  

Eagle Award | Renovation/Remodel | ENMU Golden Student Success Center

The heart of the reinvented space is a large open “hub” which provides multiple levels of support, immediate assistance and referrals to one-on-one consulting with graduate assistants, advisors, librarians, and other staff. This flexible, technology-rich area allows students to move seamlessly through differing ways to learn, socialize, and relax. The two new entries with simplified architectural expression on the exterior are clear and inviting for both students and the community. 

Keeping student experience at the forefront, the team created a “triage” center, an interactive kiosk supplementing the main desk as a hub for information and interaction. Design and technology combined to meet the needs of the users, and the result serves as a focal point for student engagement and connection.  

“The $26 million project included both modernizing an existing university library and providing a central hub for student support services. Our vision for this project was to provide a "destination" which would facilitate student engagement and academic success. The Architectural team worked collaboratively across a very diverse set of campus stakeholders to help us realize that vision. In addition to being a beautiful facility, the "new" GSSC blends library services, learning spaces and "social" space to create a unique positive experience for our students, staff and faculty. Moreover, the team completed the project on time and on budget. I am pleased to provide a positive endorsement of their work.” - Vice President for Academic Affairs, ENMU

Merit Award | Medical | PresNow 24-7 Urgent Care & Emergency Care 

Located at the highly visible corner of Paseo del Norte and San Pedro in Albuquerque, New Mexico, PRESNow is the first of four ambulatory care clinics planned by Presbyterian Healthcare Services in a strategic effort to fulfill its commitment to bring healthcare to the city of Albuquerque and surrounding communities. This location is ideally located to provide close proximity to major circulation arteries and fills a need for urgent and emergency care in one of Albuquerque’s growing areas. The clinic expands on the retail concept by offering walk-up, no appointment service and helps to decompress hospital emergency services.

The clinic’s compact design is efficient for both staff and patient care with an emphasis on less waiting and more face time with clinicians. The large glass façade, inviting canopy and the bright eye-catching red entry encourage all to seek treatment in a healthcare setting more reminiscent of a hospitality setting.

The universal exam rooms reinforce the overall concept of flexibility with consistent and uniform layouts. The shared program between urgent and emergent care also removes the guessing for patients so that the path of care is not dictated by the design. A centralized nurse station enhances the collaborative work environment providing open views of the surrounding rooms allowing for engagement with colleagues.

Due to the approachability and convenient neighborhood location, PRESNow bridges the gap between an institutional hospital setting and the convenience of a corner doctor’s office while providing an expanded portfolio of care typically only available in emergency care settings.

Merit Award | Multi-Family | Sterling Downtown

Financing an affordable housing project at this scale is difficult. A unique financing strategy combined City and County resources, Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) Housing Trust Funds, Raymond James Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Equity, and private financing through Citibank and the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership. Affordable housing developments also often face hurdles with unexpected infrastructure needs and community opposition that can result in extra costs, delayed timelines, and legal intervention.  

The 0.98-acre site had existing power lines (including high voltage) on three sides and meeting density demand and proforma requirements was challenging due to the desire to build to maximum limitations and manage safety requirements of bounding power lines. The outcome was an efficiently designed building with special consideration for the street edges and added area for landscape. 

Despite the Downtown 2025 Sector Development Plan allowing 4 stories and no requirements of off-street parking, due to the upcoming Integrated Development Ordinance where requirements were slated to change, the building was required to step down to 3 stories within 100’-0” of the single-story residences. This resulted in a more gradual massing that steps up to 4 stories at the more urban edge in an effort to transition between the established residential neighborhood and the growing urban scale of downtown Albuquerque.  

Through the preliminary phases and construction, the neighborhood opposed the project. Numerous presentations and community meetings were coordinated to involve community in the design process and earn stakeholder and community buy-in, resulting in a project reflective of its surrounding context. 

Merit Award | Hospitality | Tesuque Casino

Recognizing the need to replace the aging Camel Rock Casino to a more strategic and competitive location, the Pueblo of Tesuque hired the design team to create a masterplan for a hotel/casino resort at the Pueblo’s southern boundary, along Highway 285. This property locates the new casino and its future development near the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera, closer to the City of Santa Fe and a further distance from direct competition.    

The Pueblo challenged the design team to create a facility that was timeless and elegant, and unlike any other casino resort in New Mexico. To accomplish this goal the team envisioned a facility in which indoor space would be connected to the extraordinary views, landscape, changing daylight and climate of the Tesuque valley, revealing a contemporary design aesthetic. Inspired by the surrounding environment the architecture incorporates familiar desert colors and material accents, and integrates design features such as courtyards and shade structures typical to the Southwest, but with a modern simplicity.   

The casino’s gaming floor presents slot machines, table games and an expansive view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains through a 97-foot wall of glass. The restaurant opens to the gaming floor and additional mountain views from an outdoor patio. There is a 330 seat ballroom, snack bar, the Player’s club and gift shop that surround the remaining perimeter of the gaming floor, and high clerestory windows provide a visual connection to the beautiful sky.

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