Sandia Resort & Casino – Renovations and Upgrades

Albuquerque, New Mexico

This project is the first phase of a larger project to renovate and replace the main casino entry structures and upgrade the existing amphitheater.  In order to provide a temporary main entry to the casino, a new building structure was designed and constructed within in a six month timeframe.  The new South Entry faces the main grade level parking lot. It includes a covered two lane Porte cochere drop off/pick up serving the South entry of the casino, a new South Entry Lobby, new staff restrooms, and new walk paths and landscaping.

The steel and concrete structure on masonry piers fits with the existing pueblo design style and is an upgrade that replaces the deteriorating existing wood structures.  The short time schedule required a fast track approach to design and construction, thus SMPC worked closely with the contractor to allow construction start prior to all documents being complete.

Challenges include obtaining adequate documentation of existing conditions/utilities, and selecting appropriate structural systems that satisfy aesthetic, safety and time delivery requirements in order to provide a coordinated design.

Glorieta Station

Glorieta Station

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Glorieta is a re-development of an 8-acre site consisting of over 175,000 sf of renovation, including 707 Broadway 5-story building at the corner of Lomas and Broadway; the historic Glorieta Brewery Building and a new roof deck bar. The new mixed-use marketplace development is being designed by SMPC Architects, focused around the renovation and restoration of the historic Glorieta Brewery building and adjacent warehouse at 701 John Street.

This adaptive re-use project will include a restaurant, distillery, marketplace, gallery and workspace. The complex is planned to feature an outdoor plaza and beer garden including drive-in style theater and bocce courts; a neon sign “park” featuring historic road signs will front the property toward Lomas Boulevard.


One Central Downtown Entertainment Hub

Albuquerque, New Mexico

One Central, currently under construction, is a 6-story mixed use entertainment hub at the intersection of 1st Street and Central Avenue in Albuquerque and east gateway to downtown. The project is a responsive, innovative, and sustainable design that reflects the vision for shaping the future of our community. One Central contributes to the new standard of scale, quality, and vibrancy for redevelopment of downtown. 

The new landmark creates a connection to the Innovate ABQ campus and the Alvarado Regional Transportation hub by providing pedestrian walks and landings. It offers three levels of structured parking that replaces the former surface parking and provides additional spaces for building residents and patrons. The parquito at the intersection of 1st and Central interfaces with the surrounding urban context providing a place that encourages street events and activities. 

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.

APS Highland High School Title IX Gymnasium Upgrade

Albuquerque, New Mexico

In collaboration with Highland High School, APS Facilities, Design, and Construction, and APS Capital Master Plan, SMPC created a master plan for the redevelopment of the HHS campus identifying necessary renovations, additions, project phasing, and construction sequencing. With the intent to consolidate the campus and update the facilities, SMPC developed the design of this multi-phased project and it was approved by the APS Board in November of 2015. The HHS Title IX Gymnasium Upgrade is Phase One A of this redevelopment plan.

Originally built in 1949, the HHS gymnasium building has had numerous small renovations and additions over time. APS has now made it a priority to update and enhance the aging gymnasium to create a uniformly efficient and effective facility for the HHS community. SMPC has developed renovation strategies that will maintain the iconic stature of the building while providing Title IX and ADA compliance and standardization. Creating a modernized and adequate gym facility that optimizes function and utilization will invigorate the Hornet spirit and support the pride of HHS physical education and athletic programs.

The Title IX Gymnasium Upgrade is currently under construction and is expected to be complete ahead of the Spring 2018 semester. The general contractor is Enterprise Builders

Albuquerque International Sunport Terminal Improvements

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Albuquerque International Sunport, serving as the primary gateway to Albuquerque and New Mexico, reflects the region’s unique cultures and style.  Constructed in 1965 and greatly expanded in 1985, the terminal design has served the community well during the past 35-years of continual use but has also been subject to the ravages of time. Public spaces, including ticketing, baggage, departures and arrivals areas, are being remodeled, refreshed, and updated to accommodate industry changes to these processes, to enrich the passenger experience, and to enhance the terminal’s uniquely New Mexico architectural vernacular.

The interior design includes new ticketing casework, upgrades to baggage handling equipment, a new welcome desk, passenger gathering spaces and a meditation room, furniture/furnishings, a video wall and other passenger amenities, new energy efficient HVAC distribution and LED lighting, new ceiling finishes in these areas, and new wayfinding signage throughout the terminal.

On Level 2, Departure curb side check-in has been rearranged to streamline the process while minimizing pedestrian congestion at the terminal entrances, and to make the entrances more visible and inviting.  A canopy is being added to the existing trellis, with integral drainage and lighting, to provide cover for the sidewalk and check-in queuing areas.

To improve arriving passenger’s movement and experience on Level 1 from the baggage claim areas to private and commercial pick-up areas, the design incorporates colored, stepped ceiling projections at the exit vestibules similar to the existing entrance porticos, widened passenger pick-up sidewalks with enhanced lighting, an exposed and well illuminated elevated roadway deck, and defined crosswalks to the commercial pick-up area with a covered terminus at each, and new landscaping.  The commercial pick-up area includes a covered trellis like the departures level, windscreens, seating and a new sign wall welcoming visitor to the City.

Estimated completion for the project is late summer 2018. Flintco is General Contractor.