Albuquerque Public Schools
The Navajo Elementary School New Classroom Building is a two-story architectural stunner nestled in the South Valley neighborhood of Albuquerque. The classroom building houses a teaching kitchen, 19 classrooms, 12 restrooms, one computer lab, mechanical, electrical, and IDF rooms, an elevator, and resource space for teachers and staff.
The project offers a beautiful and colorful space for students to learn. Unique project features include two-story cast-in-place concrete walls, glazed CMU walls, radiused CMU and storefront walls, large skylights, nature-scaped landscaping, rooftop solar PV panels, and ample natural light in every classroom. Additionally, the building facilitates unique learning opportunities, such as a "teaching kitchen" for cooking demonstrations, an interactive monitor showing real-time solar energy conversion and electricity savings, and bottle-filler stations showing cumulative savings in plastic bottle waste.
The project was designed and built to achieve a LEED Silver certification with sustainable features that include low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency lighting, daylight-sensor lighting controls that automatically dim or turn-off lights with sufficient sunlight, 235 solar photovoltaic array panels, excellent acoustic performance, utilization of building materials that contain recycled content, high-efficiency mechanical systems, and over 1,300 tons of recycled construction waste.
Designed by Westwork Architects and constructed by TCI and over 35 specialty subcontractors and suppliers, this New Classroom Building adds a safe and modern facility to the Navajo Elementary campus.