SMPC Gingerbread Haus – 2017

SMPC got into the holiday spirit and prepared an entry for the AIA New Mexico – Young Architects Forum Second Annual Gingerbread Haus Competition. The entries are being judged were displayed at the 2017 AIA Albuquerque Annual Design Awards Banquet at the Canyon Club at Four Hills, Albuquerque. Entries were evaluated based on overall appearance, difficulty, creativity and originality, technique and skill.

The SMPC gingerbread haus design was based on the Trost & Trost First National Bank Building we’re moving into early 2018. The actual building is located at 219 Central Avenue, downtown Albuquerque; it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. While our gingerbread version may not capture the stature of the 8-story, 1922 building, it smells delicious and we had a lot of fun putting it together.

Interested in assembling your own gingerbread structure? We’ve included some recipes to make it happen. Share your results on our Instagram #smpcgingerbread #smpcdowntown #smpcarchitects

Gingerbread Dough Recipe

  • 5 ½ cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  1. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg onto wax paper.
  2. Beat shortening with sugar until fluffy-light in a large bowl. Beat in molasses and egg. Stir in flour mixture to make a stiff dough. Chill several hours or overnight, until firm enough to roll.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle lightly with flour. Roll out ¼ of the dough to a 1/8 inch thickness on parchment paper. (This should cover the entire cookie sheet.)
  4. Arrange as many pattern pieces as possible on dough, allowing at least ½ inch between pieces; cut out pieces with a sharp knife. Carefully lift away all dough trims and save for re-rolls.
  5. Bake in very slow oven (300°) 20 minutes, or until cookies feel firm to the touch. Remove cookie sheet from oven and trim any cookie edges that are not straight while cookies are still warm. Cool cookies on cookie sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then slide off foil and cool completely.

Royal Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 ½ cups sifted 10x (confection/powdered sugar)

Beat egg whites and lemon juice until foamy in a medium-size bowl. Slowly beat in sugar, until frosting stands in firm peaks and is stiff enough to hold a sharp line when cut through with a knife. Keep frosting covered with damp paper towel and plastic wrap to keep from drying until ready to use.

Sugar “Cement”

Spread 1 cup sugar in a small heavy skillet; heat slowly until sugar melts and starts to turn pale golden in color. Use immediately.

Windows

  • Pulverize Lifesavers candies in a blender
  • Fill window spaces in rolled gingergbread dough
  • Bake with dough per gingerbread instruction

Glenn Fellows Honored at 2017 AIA Albuquerque Banquet

Glenn Fellows and Tina Reames at the 2017 AIA Albuquerque Banquet

On December 8, Glenn Fellows was honored at the 2017 AIA Albuquerque Awards Banquet with the Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Glenn has been an active AIA member since 1976, highlighted by terms as AIA Albuquerque and AIA NM President, and Western Mountain Region Director on the National AIA Board of Directors. He has assisted jurisdictions statewide in maintaining the Qualification Based Selection process for professional design services. As a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the General Building Bureau of CID, he has reviewed and advised on building code variances, amendments and adoptions. Glenn’s support for our Chapter has included a role he’s championed since 1998 – Chair of AIA Albuquerque’s annual Golf Tournament. As a coordinator and ace player with a killer drive and a solid short game, his efforts have helped make the event one of the Chapter’s most significant fundraisers.

Glenn’s leadership and contributions to the profession of architecture are exemplified by his over 40 years of professional practice at SMPC Architects, his work in government affairs and legislation, and his service to the community.  His generosity, kindness, and philanthropy have benefited all of us and we are forever grateful to Glenn as the Architect, the Professional Advocate, and our Friend.

Photo courtesy © Kirk Gittings 2017

SMPC Projects Honored at NAIOP Awards

SMPC Architects renovation projects honored with two Eagle Awards and one Merit Award from the New Mexico Chapter of NAIOP!

NAIOP New Mexico recognized three projects of SMPC Architects last week at the NAIOP 21st Annual Awards of Excellence banquet. We are proud to have been part of the award-winning teams for CNM L Building, Contract Associates Showroom Office, and French’s Pathway to Healing Grief Counseling Center. We are grateful to our clients CNM, Contract Associates, and French for these opportunities and are thankful to our engineering consultants and general contractors Flintco, HB Construction, and Klinger Constructors for contributing to the success of these projects.

Ribbon Cutting – One Central Parking Structure

Today SMPC attended the opening of the first phase of the One Central Entertainment Hub. Chief Operations Officer Mike Riordan, Department of Municipal Development Project Manager Joan Black, City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, and Planning Department Director Suzanne Lubar looked on as Developer Jerry Mosher cut the ribbon opening the new structure, adding 423 parking spaces to downtown Albuquerque.

Construction continues on three levels of commercial shell space and three levels of residential apartments expected to be complete Spring 2018.

One Central is a design-build project of One Central Operating Associates, LLC with principal developer Jerry Mosher and team members SMPC Architects, Studio Southwest Architects, and Klinger Constructors.

Suite 800 Time Lapse

The view from Suite 800 at our future home in the Banque Lofts. Thanks Stuart for the riveting clip.

SMPC Architects Moving to the Banque Lofts in 2018

SMPC is growing! After nearly 75 years in our Nob Hill office, we are relocating to the top floor of the historic First National Bank Building on 3rd and Central Ave, the Banque Lofts.

We have been looking to move our team into an open office space that better suits our collaborative design process, and a special opportunity came up for us downtown.

Space matters! Our environment has a real affect on the way we work and we feel this space has qualities that better reflect who we are as a firm.

SMPC is excited to share our new home with you in 2018. The space is currently undergoing improvements – check back for updates on the progress being made and follow us on facebook, instagram and linkedin. #smpcdowntown

“We want our office to be an inspiring place to come to work every day, one that matches our passion for good design and love of our city.”

 – Kihei Mayer, Associate, Intern Architect

Parking Day

Parking Day 2017

New Mex Hex | PARK(ing) Day!

What: New Mex Hex | PARK(ing) Day!

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

This year, UNM landscape and architecture students are partnering with ACE Leadership High School to design New Mex Hex, a pop up park outside of 516 Arts. The design for New Mex Hex is inspired by the current Cross Pollination exhibit at 516 Arts, curated by Albuquerque Artist Valerie Roybal. New Mex Hex celebrates urban ecology through design.

New Mex Hex is sponsored by Raks Building Supply, Plant World, SMPC Architects, and NM ASLA

When: Friday, September 15th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Outside of 516 ARTS on Central between 5th and 6th

For a brief history of parking day, visit: http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/

Image courtesy UNM School of Architecture + Planning, LA Program

Excitement Grows as SMPC Reveals Location of Move

SMPC Architects confirms rumors of a planned upcoming move by revealing the location of their future office. After 72 years in Nob Hill, this respected Albuquerque firm will relocate to the top floor of the historic First National Bank building downtown, at the start of 2018. Expect new things from this firm as they transition into a larger space, eight floors up, in the heart of the city.

NM Appleseed 2016 Parade of Playhouses

SMPC Architects has partnered with Summit Construction to participate in the 2016 Parade of Playhouses benefiting New Mexico Appleseed, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization providing services to the underserved in our state.

The SMPC/Summit team has thoughtfully designed and constructed the ‘House of Flying Shadows‘, a Ninja playhouse of redwood lumber and steel structure. Incorporating the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Wind, the house is organized around the 4 square tatami mat concept and includes features that represent Ninja warrior training tools. Each element is represented by particular features: Earth is the sandbox and lumber; Water is stepping stones and tsunami slide; Fire is red sunshade and bars; Air is climbing wall, spiral steps, and ropes; Wind is the wood slat wall surround permitting breezes to enter and move through. The house engages the little warrior by providing hidden passages and playful surprises.

This year’s fundraiser gala is scheduled to take place on the evening of September 23 at the ABQ BioPark Zoo where all the playhouses will be auctioned. Come and bid on this wonderful shrine to bring home to your little Ninja warrior.

ENMU Stadium Grand Opening

Eastern New Mexico University students, staff, alumni and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Al Whitehead Field at Greyhound Stadium, Saturday, September 10th.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held just before the ENMU Greyhounds took the field for the inaugural game. Greyhounds Head Coach Josh Lynn said of the stadium “It sits right on campus. Our old stadium sat about eight miles outside of town. It’s one of the nicest Division 2 facilities in the nation”. The new stadium provides a NCAA Division II Football, Track & Field, and Soccer Facility and is shared by the Portales Rams, of Portales High School.

The $15.3M stadium was designed by SMPC Architects and McClain+Yu Architects of Albuquerque. Bradbury Stamm Construction is the General Contractor. The stadium supports grandstands for 4000 spectators, bermed seating for an additional 500 spectators, with sports lighting, scoreboards, concessions, locker rooms, public restrooms, ticket booths, press box, and parking for about 600 vehicles.

A sold out crowd of over 4,500 fans were in attendance as the ENMU Greyhounds outplayed their opponents, the Western New Mexico University Mustangs 37-16.