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Building on pride

Del Norte High School


Originally constructed in the early 1960s, Del Norte High School is an important component of Albuquerque Public Schools because of its long traditions and geographical location within the city. The revitalization of Del Norte High School replaced approximately 60% of existing buildings and transformed the campus into a modern and technologically advanced school for 1200 students.

The design for the high school consolidates the footprint into a three-story building that seamlessly inserts into the existing sloping parking lot. New classrooms are organized around the small learning communities (SLC) model to provide opportunities for more individual attention; ninth grade academies help students adjust to high school and upper classmen academies are career-oriented. Site access is designed to reduce congestion by clearly separating multiple parent drop-offs, bus access, and student parking. Separate visitor and staff parking allow for easily controlled access to the school and visibility from the main administration area. Enhanced pedestrian circulation, easily supervised student gathering spaces, and views of the Sandia Mountains create a sense of transparency throughout the campus.

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Durable materials provide a low-maintenance, high-performance building envelope. Interior spaces are also finished with durable and easily cleanable materials. Proper lighting and careful consideration for acoustics create highly functional, quality educational environments. The new facility has energy-efficient mechanical systems and achieved LEED Silver certification.

Albuquerque Public Schools

Albuquerque, NM

Over 100,000 sf


Beyond the Building

  • Building Performance
  • Community Benefit
  • Creating Partnerships
  • Experience Redefined
  • Extreme Makeover
  • Mission Support
  • Rightsizing
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Modernization


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