NMHU Trolley BarnThe historic Las Vegas Trolley Barn is the new home to the New Mexico Highlands University Department of Media Arts & Technology. The 105 year old sandstone building originally served as the headquarters for the town's trolley system but had fallen into disrepair as the trolley was abandoned for the automobile. The once impressive building had been reduced to only its stone walls by the effects of nature. Working closely with the NM Historic Preservation Division, the architects developed a concept that would honor the history of the building but also look to the future. The new addition, required by the program area, is designed to wrap around the rear of the structure and preserve the primary Trolley Barn facades.
The juxtaposition of the high-tech program and the Romanesque Revival shell offered many unique design opportunities. The effort to preserve this important landmark are visible in the details of the project. An existing overhead hoist was re-purposed as the the base to the facility’s new conference table. The trolley rails were recreated in the polished concrete floors. As a didactic code, all the existing structural steel was freshly painted to match the orange primer found on it, and the new structure was painted dark gray to recede. Other elements, such as a historic steel barn door, remain in place as a nod to the structure's past. Engaging the larger community was another goal of the project. A large laser cut map of Las Vegas greets students and guests at the main entry. A large projection screen, integrated into the eastern facade, allows for outdoor film screening and campus-wide events.
The project has received LEED Silver Certification.
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NewsA jury has selected the Ernie Pyle Middle School Fine Arts Renovation as the recipient of a 2016 AIA Albuquerque Merit Award. The jury called the project "a remarkable transformation that substantially elevated the presence of the arts programs on campus both visually and spiritually." The project brought an existing… Read More »
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