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Centennial Engineering Center
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2008

Size of Project: 115,000 square feet

Located on the western edge of the campus the design reflects UNM’s historical ‘pueblo revival’ design roots. This cutting-edge interdisciplinary instructional and research facility, houses the departments of Civil, Electrical, Chemical, Nuclear, and Biomedical Engineering. Two large lab blocks in an uninterrupted modular arrangement and two narrower wings of offices and instructional space afford functional flexibility. An interior open courtyard and two entry towers define the engineering complex as a new campus doorway welcoming visitors to the campus. The transparent student/faculty lounge has views to a landscaped green area and interior courtyard.

Sustainable features: water conservation, abundant natural light, solar shading on the south and west windows, high performance glazing, multi-level switching and controllable lighting. Exterior lighting is compliant with New Mexico Night Sky Laws. Recycled materials were used to the greatest extent possible.

Sustainable features include water conservation, abundant natural light, solar shading on the southeast and west windows, high performance glazing, and multi-level switching and controllable lighting. Exterior lighting is compliant with New Mexico Night Sky Laws so that light spill is limited. Recycled materials were used to the greatest extent possible.

Awards:
  • 2008 Outstanding Public Project - Best of New Mexico Southwest Contractor Magazine

In association with Shepley Bulfinch of Boston.