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.
- 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 been provided in the middle of the rooms to bring the natural light into the back of the room.
Since the Barcelona campus has a very limited area, it is especially important that the building is integrated into the site in a non-intrusive way. The building footprint strengthens the existing circulation artery from the playground to the field through the new breezeway. The design also provides a safe and sheltered waiting area for students at the pick-up/ drop-off area.
The City of Las Cruces intends to install a series of bus shelters imbued with “cultural significance” and educational value. Our proposal identifies a natural phenomenon unique to Las Cruces among New Mexican cities; The City lies in the annual migration path of the Monarch butterfly, an endangered species.
The clustering pattern of hibernating Monarchs suggested a method of creating a panelized system that would allow shelters to be customized depending on the size of their installation site and their degree of use. Additionally, the colored, translucent infill panels allow for individuation and route marking.
The individual panels will be shop-fabricated with the newest technology. Both the webbing and translucent panel will be cut by a CNC (computer numerically controlled) plasma cutter for a high degree of precision.
Baker A+D teamed with Chris Beccone and Modulus, a fabrication shop in Albuquerque to propose these shelters.
Baker Architecture + Design provides full architectural services with a concentration on developing creative modern solutions utilizing contemporary materials and technologies appropriate to the climate and indigenous architecture of New Mexico. Read More »
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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