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NAIOP NM 2020 Awards the Best of the Best

December 14, 2020

NAIOP New Mexico, a commercial real estate group, celebrated the 2020 Awards of Excellence on December 11, 2020. D/P/S is proud to have contributed to ten award-winning projects. 

Eagle Award | Retail | Electric Playhouse

The growth strategy of Electric Playhouse is designed to breathe new life into dormant, hard-to-rent spaces, converting them from eyesores and financial drains into bustling hubs of entertainment and socialization that revitalize shopping centers and malls, all through the use of modular interactive gameplay experiences that allow for maximum flexibility.

True to the model of converting vacant big-box retail locations, the team repurposed a vacant 24,000sf existing Staples building. The project stayed within its budget of $1.8M with a majority of the project cost associated with the addition of a full commercial kitchen and the added electrical systems needed to support the large amount of technological magic that energizes the Playhouse.

Eagle Award | Industrial | Kirtland Resiliency Project

EMERA Technologies BlockEnergy Smart Platform located at Kirtland Airforce Base is delivering the new standard for power security and resiliency.  BlockEnergy introduces the first utility-focused business model for a distributed energy platform. Using smart technology, it’s able to put new residential communities on resilient, renewable power immediately.

Merit Award | Education | ABC Training Facility

The New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractor's (ABC) new 13,000sf training facility doubles ABC's footprint to 26,000sf. The building supports ABC's growing apprenticeship program, which consists of seven construction trades and 150 apprentices. The training facility houses five lab spaces designed for trade instruction and six classroom and community meeting spaces.

Merit Award | Education | UNM AIMS Charter School

Affiliated with the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science (AIMS) Charter School is the #1 charter school in New Mexico.  

The school previously occupied two buildings in the South University Campus, separated by two blocks of public roads that students from 6th through 12th grade had to navigate. Consolidating the school into a single building offered increased security, control, and efficiency for students and staff.

Designed to be in compliance with PSFA standards, the expansion into an adjacent tenant space provided new classrooms, seminar rooms, offices, and support spaces.  

Merit Award | Education | Shining Stars Preschool Campus

This dedicated early childhood campus creates a rich indoor-outdoor learning environment for young students with special needs. Shining Stars is committed to having every class use every outdoor learning area, so students will have access to 2 wind-sheltered courtyards that include areas for STEaM activities, sand play, gardening, reading, gross motor play, abilities lab, fine motor activities, and sensory exploration. 

Each pair of classrooms promotes student independence and learning through shared restrooms, built-in casework with child-height displays, and an open layout to enable teachers to create a variety of learning centers. 

The Shining Stars campus also includes a separate building for the Child Development Center, a full-day childcare program for infants through 4-year olds.

Merit Award | Hospitality | Paako Ridge Golf Club House

Paako Ridge Golf Clubhouse was originally designed and constructed at the turn of the millennium. For nearly 20 years it served simultaneous functions as a café and pro shop for golfers. With new ownership of the golf course came the desire to update the form and function of the clubhouse for a new vision of the future.

The main goal of the project was to create a new food and beverage venue that could serve both the golf course and the community at large. The clubhouse now serves multiple restaurant and event functions, providing a dining option for the Paa-Ko Ridge community, support to the golf course staff and future on-site lodging guests, and a rentable venue for weddings and events.

Merit Award | Medical | Las Estancias Clinic

The 35,500sf Las Estancias Clinic utilizes color and material palettes influenced by the rich culture of the Albuquerque South Valley. Located on the corner of Coors Blvd and Las Estancias drive, the clinic offers easy access and comprehensive health care services to individuals and families, including urgent care services.

A food pharmacy and community room promote engagement by providing needed services, food supplies, and education to the surrounding communities. Additionally, the site allows for a future outdoor courtyard to hold community events and other gatherings.

The design and layout of the clinics are uniform to allow for any medical specialty to occupy a clinic pod for flexibility. Current specialties include Pediatrics, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, and Internal Medicine.

Merit Award | Multi-Family | Soleras Station

Soleras Station is Santa Fe Community Housing Trust’s newest multi-family housing project located at the heart of a new transit-oriented development called Las Soleras - a master-planned community in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Situated on a parcel of land donated by Pulte Homes, Soleras Station is a key component of the healthy balance among commercial, residential, and recreational space planned for this marketable asset to the Santa Fe community at large. 

This family-focused development creates a high-quality living experience for people who are low income, have special needs, or are transitioning out of homelessness. 

Adjacent to over 125 acres of additional parks and open space, more than 5 miles of linked walking trails, and other walkable amenities such as shopping, grocery, medical services, convenient stores, and quick-serve restaurants, this development is an essential component for providing housing to a growing underserved population within the Santa Fe community. 

Merit Award | Office | Netflix Operations Office

The Netflix Operations Office is a nearly 7,000sf Class A commercial space that serves as a flagship for the brand. Using cues from existing office spaces worldwide, the Albuquerque space is refined and contemporary, while comfortable and locally-inspired.

The interior palette is neutral, accented with pops of navy, mushroom, and deep olive with rich wood tones used in the flooring, accent walls, cabinetry, and furnishings. The southwestern-inspired pattern of the concrete tile adds local New Mexican flavor and juxtaposes the clean lines of the architecture and furniture. The large conference space highlights custom-made acoustic felt wall panels by a local manufacturer.

Sustainable, reclaimed teak hardwood flooring is used throughout the space, adding a sense of warmth and comfort. Perimeter offices are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glazing and patterned translucent privacy film to provide borrowed light to the central office space. The result is a bright, spacious office space that feels less like an office and more like home.

Merit Award | Office | New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Roswell

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish administrative and educational center in Roswell sits on 16 acres and includes the main administrative building, parking areas, an enclosed warehouse, a roofed parking and storage area, and open-air pavilions near an all-terrain vehicle and off-highway vehicle training track. 

Intended to be an educational and community resource, the LEED Gold facility also was created as a model for good environmental practices.


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