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UNM Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center | Albuquerque, NM

The Domenici Center is a state-of-the-art facility for the UNM Health Sciences Center. Its main focus is collaboration and interdisciplinary interaction, integrating the needs of the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Medicine. The Domenici Center includes a human anatomy lab, a clinical performance center that provides problem-based testing and evaluation for all three colleges, student lounges, a café, a learning center, classrooms, and seminar spaces. It also provides space for the Law School, as well as educational spaces and an auditorium used by the entire campus and outside seminars.

The project has been split into three phases. Phase I and Phase II are completed. The first phase, despite being designed prior to the LEED program, achieved significant energy savings. The second phase achieved LEED Gold, and the third phase will also be designed to achieve LEED certification.

The furniture packages for Phase I and II are integrated seamlessly into the architecture. Finishes, power and data, and functionality maximize the impact of each piece. In Phase II, integration and coordination was extremely important as many of the furniture pieces were directly tied into the building’s infrastructure. This includes custom dissection tables in the human anatomy lab that connect to plumbing, mechanical, and electrical components, as well as modular casework that houses data and electrical connections, sinks, and gas units. The package also includes powered workstations and conference tables and the coordination of an intricate audio-visual package. The end result is a fully integrated, collaborative and engaging environment for students and staff.

The Domenici Center includes an inviting, contemplative interior courtyard, a memorial garden, and a contrasting xeric garden corridor. The courtyard is the spiritual center of the building – a quiet, relaxing space off the main paths between buildings – and has become a favorite location for students to gather, study, and meet with friends.



Size

99,051sf

Services Provided

Architecture
Structural Engineering
Landscape Architecture
Planning
Interior Design
Furniture
Sustainability

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Featured Staff

dan kemme Emily Allen Mimi Burns Andrew Grundstrom

Awards

LEED Gold, U.S. Green Building Council

What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.

Education

Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.

Architecture

We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.

Commercial

We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.

MultiFamily Housing

Building a sense of home into housing.

Building housing means more than designing spaces—it means creating a place that feels like home. As our communities grow in size and diversity, technology advances and the very definition of “home” changes from family to family, how do we help our clients create housing that meets the eclectic needs of its residents while also meeting the objectives of the client?

We do our homework. We take into consideration a multitude of factors: rents, vacancy rates, demand and construction costs, to name a few. We also research the building’s future tenants. Who are they, what do they need and how can we create an optimal environment based on their unique circumstances? With our combined knowledge of project financing and the latest trends and metrics, we can provide our clients with flexible solutions while providing our communities with a stronger foundation from which to grow.

EXPERIENCE + CAPABILITIES

Master planned communities
Assisted care and independent living facilities
Multi family housing communities
Affordable housing
Student housing complexes
Luxury apartments
Townhomes
Mixed-use
Building assessments
Tax credit packages
Environmental and human sustainability integration

Structural Engineering

The building must stand.

Buildings that can adapt to whatever tomorrow brings must first stand the test of time. Our structural engineers work interdependently with each of our disciplines to ensure every building is safe and resilient far into the future, while staying true to the objectives of each project. Together, we help create lasting structures that protect your vision, your investment, and most importantly, your people.

Community

We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 

Healthcare

As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.

Sustainability

What’s at stake?

Protecting the environments we live and work in has always been a priority for our company. Long before sustainability became a popular topic of conversation, we felt a deep responsibility to take every step possible in order to make the lightest footprint on our planet. Our energy efficient projects are designed for the unique climates they exist in. In the Southwest, we carefully consider siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems and the use of building materials readily available in our region to create LEED Certified buildings.

Planning

We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Senior Living

Interior Design

Spaces that work harder.

We design buildings to do more for people, not the other way around. Without interior spaces that help accomplish the objectives of those who use the building, what’s the point? Our interior designers specialize in creating spaces that help recruit and retain, elevate learning, facilitate healing, enrich the consumer experience, and improve quality of life. Working closely with our clients and consultants, together we design places that extend the life of a building by enhancing the lives of those within it.

EXPERIENCE + CAPABILITIES

Custom interior design
Space planning
Finish selection/specification
Workplace performance evaluations
Space needs assessments
Corporate standards programs
ADA, ergonomics evaluation, and product recommendations
Post-occupancy evaluations
LEED consulting

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.