Preserving and Adapting an Icon in Las Vegas, NM
Baker A+D is excitedly awaiting the start of construction on this unique project. The 100 year old stone Trolley Barn, located on the NMHU main campus in Las Vegas, NM, is set to be the new home of the University's Media Arts Program. Built in 1905, this historic structure represents a time of prosperity in Las Vegas history that was ushered in with the arrival of the railroads. Added to the State Register in 1976 and the National Historic Register in 1984, Baker A+D's goal was to celebrate the history of the site through the juxtaposition of modern and historic materials. The main material is a rusted steel panel which will distinguish the addition from the historic remodel.

This complex program includes state of the art studio spaces, offices, gallery space and a 91 seat lecture hall. The interior will feature exposed stone walls, polished concrete floors and exposed steel structure. Some other custom elements include a laser cut steel map of Las Vegas, a preserved steel barn door and an exterior projection screen integrated into the facade for outdoor teaching and community events. Baker A+D is also working closely with the University to select all the furniture and textiles which will complete this modern interior.

This project was a new challenge for Baker A+D but has proved to be a successful endeavor. The remote location, site constraints and historic regulations were all issues that the design team willingly took on and have successfully navigated to provide NMHU with a modern, technologically advanced new media arts building.
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