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  ACCIÓN Regional HeadquartersACCIÓN Regional Headquarters

General Contractor:

Richardson & Richardson
P.O. Box 36627, Albuquerque, NM 87176

General Description

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date Bid: Aug 2009
Construction Period: Nov 2009 to Sep 2010
Total Square Feet: 7,580 Site: 0.92 acre. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 7,580; total, 7,580 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 19’; total, 19’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood frame/Structural steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Stucco. Roof: Membrane with R-30 Polyiso Foam.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini - 7601 Jefferson, NE #100, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Structural Engineer: Desert Eagle Engineering - 1200 Prosperity Avenue, S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87105
Mechanical Engineer: 4 Seasons Engineering - 4320 Paseo del Norte, N.E., #A, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Electrical Engineer: ENG3 Group, Ltd. - 4320 Paseo del Norte, N.E., #A, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Civil Engineer: Isaacson & Arfman - 124 Monroe Street, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108

ACCION is a non-profit micro-lender serving New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, helping budding entrepreneurs get their small businesses off the ground. These loans range from $250 to $150,000.

It all began in 1994 when ACCION made its first small business loan in Albuquerque, igniting a movement that today stretches to every corner of New Mexico, Phoenix, Tucson, and Denver. Representatives from these markets regularly come into the headquarters for meetings and work.

Richardson & Richardson was the General Contractor for their new Regional Headquarters. The facility, designed by Chris Gunning of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, was designed to be a comfortable environment where clients could come do their business without the intimidation of a large financial institution. The building is also environmentally green - it was designed for LEED® Gold certification.

Not only does ACCION provide loans, they provide continuing education and seminars to help their clients understand small business and learn how to better operate their business. One space in their new headquarters is designed for training, with projectors, internet, smart boards and video conferencing.

Since ACCION is a non-profit, it enjoys the support of the local banks and business community and this facility was the recipient of a number of donations. The lighting was donated by Summit Electric and the roof top HVAC units and controls by Mechanical Control Solutions. The majority of funding came from an EDA grant.

The facility is built on approximately one acre of a reclaimed site in the Albuquerque Old Town Sawmill district, an area being revitalized, with new residences and small businesses.

The building is wood and timber construction in the New Mexico Pueblo style- all framing materials are FSC certified lumber, windows and entries are clad wood operable units by Sierra Pacific and all interior doors are FSC cherry wood and were custom made by Santa Fe Door, an ACCION client. The exterior features an open courtyard area with pueblo styled shade structure, seating and stuccoed fencing. Portals on each elevation shade windows and entrances.

This project had many owner initiated upgrades and changes, primarily due to two occurrences - at the time of bid, construction costs were at a low and under budget, freeing up additional monies, and, at about 40% completion, their business had grown enough so that a minor re-design was in order to re-allocate (and expand) space. The final area was increased by about 80 square feet.

The additional budget was also spent on new technologies. A major change was the addition of covered parking with 64 - 225w photovoltaic panels to provide sun power to the facility and the interior got upgraded communications, plasma TVs, a teleconferencing system and smart boards.

Product Information
Stucco: El Rey Stucco Roofing: Firestone
Windows: Sierra Pacific Windows
Lighting: Cooper, Corelite, Eureka
Photovoltaic Panels: SunPower


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