South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center
Bernalillo County
Completed: 2010
Cost: $4.7 million

Located in the Atrisco area of Albuquerque’s South Valley, the building serves as a cultural center to celebrate the more than 300 year-old historically rich community.  The building’s mixed uses include multi-purpose areas, classrooms, a computer lab, an art gallery, arts and crafts areas, dining and kitchen facilities, and community gardens.  To seamlessly integrate this array of disparate uses, the multi-purpose areas and circulation areas are highly flexible with sophisticated provisions for acoustic privacy, security and access control.

The structure is broken down into small “pavilions” to fit within the context of its residential neighborhood.  “Green” features include; deep overhangs strategically placed to improve passive solar performance, harvesting water to cisterns for landscape irrigation, skylights and clerestory windows to provide ample daylight in each space, xeric landscaping, and operable windows.