Client: U.S. Department of Labor

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Size: 26,000 SF

Professional services included planning, design and construction administration. Cost control measures included cost estimates at every phase of the project and extensive negotiations during the award phase.

This project achieved LEED Gold certification. The building is designed to achieve at least 45% energy savings, and incorporates an extremely high percentage of recycled and regionally produced materials. The mechanical and plumbing systems are simple and exceptionally energy-efficient.  Innovative systems and strategies include the use of a waste water heat recovery system and the use of grey water for extensive xeric plant irrigation. The use of dual-flush toilets, energy-efficient lighting fixtures and high-reflectance roofing and landscaping materials contribute to increased energy savings.

Other features include the use of exterior straw bale and recycled Styrofoam wall insulation, translucent panel sunscreens, and zero or low-emitting interior finishes and materials. The structure is exceptionally fire-resistant, and is designed to meet or exceed the Department of Labor’s stringent design guidelines for durability and cost-effective use of materials. Every regularly occupied space receives at least some day lighting, and the Job Corps administration has embraced Green Housekeeping, Public Outreach, Recycling and other programs to ensure that the principles embodied within the design and construction of this project are widely disseminated and understood.

Key Staff
Oscar Tovar