Albuquerque Public Schools
The Helen Cordero Primary School project began in April of 2008 and concluded in August of 2009. The 16 month, 85,000-square foot project, was one hundred percent new construction of a primary school, serving pre-kindergarten through second grade students, planned and built to meet LEED standards.
In total five buildings were constructed: two solely for classrooms, one to house the cafeteria, kitchen and library, and one each for the administrative offices and gym. The classroom buildings hold spires on the rooftops to redirect sunlight to skylights drastically reducing the need for indoor lighting. Recycled materials were used on the interior and geothermal heating and cooling are used via 120 underground wells. Students and staff alike are afforded the ability to learn about environmental sciences through the green design and construction of the buildings.