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  The Gym Lofts at Albuquerque High, Page 34The Gym Lofts at Albuquerque High
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Architect

Dekker-Perich-sabatini, Ltd.
6801 Jefferson, NE, #100, Albuquerque, NM 87109
www.dpsabq.com

General Contractor
Richardson & Richardson, Inc. 
4100 Menaul Boulevard, #2E, Albuquerque, NM 87110
www.RichardsonRichardson.com

Location: 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Total Square Feet: 68,018
Construction Period: Aug 2004 to June 2005

CONSTRUCTION TEAM
Structural Engineer: Chaves-Grieves Consulting Engineering, Inc. - 4700 Lincoln Road, NE, #102, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Electrical Engineer: eng3 group - 4320 Paseo Del Norte, NE, #A, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Mechanical Engineer: 4 Seasons Engineering, Ltd. - 4320 Paseo Del Norte, NE, #A, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Cost Estimator: Richardson & Richardson, Inc. - 4100 Menaul Boulevard, #2E, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Built in the mid 1930’s and abandoned in 1974, the Old Albuquerque High School campus had become a derelict and an eyesore, impeding the redevelopment of downtown Albuquerque. In 2000, the City of Albuquerque selected the team of developer Paradigm and architect Dekker-Perich-Sabatini as the master developer of this and adjacent properties. Contractor Richardson & Richardson, Inc. was brought on board shortly after.

Developer Rob Dickson is a “New Urbanist”, so all projects were designed with these principles in mind. The first project was the historic renovation of “Old Main”, the original structure, and the Classroom building into loft apartments. Subsequent projects included the complete re-building of the campus into a city park and four new loft condo buildings on the surrounding properties. 

The final project of the development was the renovation of the Gym into lofts. This project was designed to LEED® standards to be energy smart while retaining the historic character of the building. Currently, the project is undergoing LEED certification.

The project proceeded in two phases, the first to create a clean, sealed shell condition with new insulated windows and the second to install new floor levels in the gymnasium (there are now three levels here) and additional floor space on the wings. There are a total of 54 loft units in the building.

Phase one of the Gym Lofts included cutting and removal of several structural slabs and required structural concrete for the new openings, miscellaneous interior demolition, remediation of asbestos and bio products (from the resident pigeon population), exterior cleaning, installation of R-30 low albedo roof system, replacement of the old cast gypsum roof deck system with steel deck, replacement of old steel casement windows with new historically accurate insulated Low-E units, removal and restoration of all the existing wood windows using Low-E insulated glass, renovation of all exterior entries to original configuration. New wood windows were cut into the lower part of the gymnasium and a reinforced shotcrete seismic wall was installed.

Phase two was the actual interior construction of the lofts. A new seismic structural system composed of structural steel and Trus Joists® was installed. All interior partitions are drywall and were tested for sound transmission. Finishes include refinished (existing) maple gym floors, sealed concrete, new bamboo and Forbo flooring. The mechanical system uses high efficiency water source heat pumps at each unit and a control system to monitor and control water flow, optimizing the use of pumps.

MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
DIV 07:
Membrane Roof: Firestone.
DIV 08: Historically Accurate Replacement Windows: Custom Window; New Wood Windows: Kolbe & Kolbe. 
DIV 09: Flooring: Forbo.

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