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.

2016 When Work Works Awards

2016 www-award-logo-16-winSMPC Architect has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the southwest and across the country.

The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify by ranking in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement — all factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement.

NM Appleseed 2015 Parade of Playhouses

SMPC Architects partnered with HB Construction to participate in the 2015 Parade of Playhouses Competition established by New Mexico Appleseed as a fundraiser for their non-profit programs dedicated to alleviating poverty in New Mexico. New Mexico Appleseed is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of the poor and underserved through systemic change. Our team collaborated to design and construct a playhouse with a 10’x10’10’ boundary limit with the theme of Pirates. Our Pirate Adventures Playhouse was a favorite.

IIDA SW Chapter Albuquerque City Center Connect4 2015

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Southwest Chapter Connect4 biennial event benefits a local non-profit organization. In 2015, the Albuquerque City Center selected the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program (AYSP). For 60 years, AYSP has provided high-quality music education and performance experience to thousands of students in the Albuquerque area. What began in 1955 as a single orchestra has steadily and sustainably grown to serve over 550 students annually. Hundreds of students in grades 3-12 audition each season for placement in one of the program’s 13 ensembles for strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitars, and chorus. The chosen project renovated the facility’s large entrance hall where students and parents are welcomed every day. The project gained much notoriety generating numerous sponsorships from industry partners and the local community. SMPC was one of the donors as well as contributed hours of time and labor to this deserving project.