BERNALILLO COUNTY @ ALVARADO SQUARE, Albuquerque, N.M.
ARCHITECT, INTERIOR DESIGNER, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Dekker Perich Sabatini
- Megan Holubiak, principal
- Benjamin Gardner, CEO and principal
The following is a sampling of materials used in the project:
UNDER-SLAB VAPOR BARRIER: Stego Wrap 15-mil Vapor Barrier from Stego Industries
FLUID-APPLIED MEMBRANE AIR BARRIER: WeatherSeal Waterproof Membrane & Air Barrier from Parex
METAL COMPOSITE PANELS: 4-millimeter FR Core ACM Rainscreen System from Alucobond
NEW EIFS: Senergy EIFS Wall System Senerflex Classic PB from BASF
EXISTING EIFS RECOATING: StoPrime and StoColor Lotusan from Sto Corp.
ROOFING: 80-mil PVC over 1/2-inch Securock Gypsum-fiber Roofboard over Flat/Tapers ENRGY 3 Roof Insulation from Johns Manville
ROOF HATCH: Type E-20 Roof Hatch from BILCO
ROOF PAVERS: Hanover Guardian Roof Paver System from American Hydrotech
FIRE DOOR: Model T2000-G Vertical Coiling Fire Doors with Integrated Swing Egress Doors and Auto-Set Model FSFD-M-G Fire Door from McKEON
Bernalillo County’s headquarters brings staff together to better connect with constituents. The building accommodates more than 800 employees and provides access to a wide range of public services in one central location. The facility aims to have a positive impact on the community through greater convenience and transparency.
Delivered through a design-build partnership, the project included the renovation of an existing 8-story tower and construction of a new Commission Chambers building. A single entry unites the two buildings into a cohesive facility that fosters interdepartmental interaction. One of the project’s main goals was to create a space that reflects the constituents. Dekker Perich Sabatini’s design is stately and inclusive. By showcasing the county’s public art collection, the building encourages community engagement.
The project also promotes health and embraces sustainability, earning a two star certification from Fitwel. To assist employees with the transition to this new facility, a change-management effort included questionnaires, forums, open houses, and training sessions about how to use the new space and its amenities. This process helped the design team determine what staff valued most in the new space. An office mockup provided feedback on the space’s functionality, which was incorporated into the final product.
PHOTOS: DEKKER PERICH SABATINI