The site identified in the Master Plan presented a unique challenge to the design team. The building sits directly between the school's grass play field and it's basketball courts, which act as a central gathering place on campus. A traditional solution would have completely isolated the grass field, reduce visibility, and block the flow of students from one space to the other. Baker A+D worked with APS to develop a two-story solution which left the majority of the first floor open as an outdoor teaching a gathering space. Located among a field of columns, this area features a "learning ziggurat" and large concrete ball wall while also allowing for the natural flow of students across the campus to continue uninterrupted.
A big part of the design was the incorporation of solar, both passive and active. Photovoltaic panels are incorporated into the south facade as part of a shade awning which controls the amount of natural day light entering the second floor classrooms. The second floor corridor, which will also be used for displaying student work, features a large light monitor which runs the length of the building and brings natural light into the corridor and every second floor classroom. Polished concrete floors, state of the art science labs, custom steel signage, blue jean insulation and high quality acoustic design are just some of the other elements that came together as part of this exciting project.
Construction was completed in March of 2016 and, along with the completion of the Ernie Pyle Middle School Fine Arts Building Renovation, is on track to reach LEED Gold Certification.
The design team chose to utilize the 'bones' of the existing building while adding another 4,000 sf of new classroom space, music practice rooms, restrooms, office space and storage. Existing fenestrations were enlarged and, along with north facing light monitors, bring ample daylight into the four main classrooms. A minimal color palette allows the student work to take center stage while transparency throughout allows for interaction among the different programs and the rest of the school population.
Other design elements include a permanent outdoor stage which sits adjacent to the music and drama classrooms and allows for alternative practice space and a location for public performances. The clearly marked main entry sits under a custom portal which runs the length of the building and provides shade for new tiered concrete bancos where students can gather or await pick-up after school. The portal also enhances the now direct circulation path that runs between the main classroom building and the cafeteria improving the overall campus circulation.
The project was completed in January of 2016 and along with the completion of a new Baker A+D designed 6th grade classroom building is on track to reach LEED Gold Certification.
Since its inception KANW has worked with APS to provide tours and vocational training to many of Albuquerque's high school students. Baker A+D worked closely with the station's manager, Michael Brasher, to incorporate a safe and flexible learning space along side the other radio station functions. This space will be used as a vocational classroom, a center of operations for pledge drives and even a secondary studio for special broadcasts. The western half of the existing building, which currently houses the music store, storage and an office or two, was opened up to provide better access. Only the merchandise and restrooms occupy this remodeled area, supplying improved visibility and more room to display and operate the store.
With plenty of natural light, exceptional views of the surrounding city, flexible work spaces, and custom steel signage throughout, the new KANW Radio Station has brought new life to an Albuquerque icon.
As part of the project a "pop-up" pavilion was also designed by Sam Sterling Architects and Baker A+D collaborated with the firm to develop monumental graphics for this new pavilion. The design consists of three stacked shipping containers located in the open courtyard directly adjacent to the main center. The space will be utilized for outdoor learning, student reviews, demonstrations and public events.
Other elements developed by Baker A+D for the STEMulus Center include custom window graphics, prefabricated plywood sandwich boards for advertising and announcements, and twelve foot high exterior entry banners.
The Duranes Kindergarten has been met with excitement and gratitude from the teachers and school community in general.
"[We] were able to go on a tour of the new building and we are very pleased with everything…. Just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks for everything." - Ramona Corona-Desmond, Kindergarten Teacher.
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NewsAn esteemed jury, chaired by San Francisco Architect, Rod Henmi, has bestowed upon Baker A+D two AIA Albuquerque Design Awards. KANW Radio Station took home the night's top Honor Award. The jury was impressed by the "clever adaptive reuse of an existing building but felt that it was equally strong… Read More »
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