This new classroom building for the Albuquerque public school system is designed as an exciting and functional facility, which will promote creativity and be conducive to teaching and learning. This project is seeking USGBC LEED For Schools, Gold Certification. Many of the same LEED strategies listed in the Duranes Elementary project have been utilized here, with the addition of natural light monitors, an active recycling room, and enhanced acoustics. The classrooms have been designed to be spacious, quiet and naturally lit. - Spacious. Each classroom, which will house 4th and 5th grade students, is approximately 980 square feet. Larger classrooms which were requested by the user group allow various furniture layouts, reduce overcrowding and can facilitate project-based learning. - Acoustics. Ceilings are constructed of Tectum, a unique structural panel which performs approximately 60% better in NRC (noise reduction) than the standard acoustical tiles. HVAC equipment is sound isolated from the classrooms and specified to have low operational noise. - Natural light / views. Our site necessitated a north / south orientation, so primary windows are to the east and the west. The sun has been controlled with large overhangs and orientation to limit glare and overheating. Large "light monitors" have…
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CNM is coming to downtown Albuquerque and Baker A+D has been involved in everything from branding and graphics to interior design and furniture selection. This will be the third off-campus development for CNM and the curriculum is based around technology driven careers. The Center will offer everything from a coding bootcamp to prototyping classes and business incubators for young entrepreneurs.
The design draws directly from the curriculum by incorporating elements developed through modern fabrication techniques and by juxtaposing finished and raw materials. The program includes classroom and lecture spaces, meeting rooms, a communal break space, 3D print lab, coding salon and office space. The interior colors and textile selections identify with the known CNM brand while still promoting a new and modern learning environment independent of the main campus. The center is set to open September 5, 2014.
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