Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center
City of Albuquerque
Phase I Completed: 2002
Cost: $4.1 million
Phase II (Gym) Completed: 2003
Cost: $1.47 million

The first completely integrated multi-generational community center built by the City of Albuquerque, the building is organized into bold, clearly-defined, geometric forms. Along the south side, the textured masonry bar forms a facade facing onto the park. The north side of the building, facing busy Southern Boulevard, contains the multi-purpose room and is formed by a curvilinear arc, clad in metal siding. Sandwiched between these two elements is a green stucco wedge containing the exercise room, social hall and offices. A soaring entry hall space, also clad both inside and out in metal siding, bisects the three elements.

All major spaces in the building receive ample natural light, either through windows that capture the mountain views to the north and east, or by means of skylights. The building received an Associated General Contractors/NM Business Journal Best Buildings Award and a Merit Award from the Albuquerque Chapter AIA.