APS Community Stadium Wins MRCOG Annual Regional Excellence Award
Public Partnership Award based on collaboration with several other agencies.
August 21, 2012
The APS Community Stadium has won its first award while still under construction. The district’s Facilities Design and Construction Department recently accepted the Public Partnership Award, one of the Annual Regional Excellence awards presented by the Mid-Region Council of Governments.
The new stadium, expected to be ready for the 2013 high school football season, is APS’ first such facility built on the West Side. An adjacent track and field also are under construction at the site of the 7,000-seat facility just north of I-40 and the 98th Street exit.
APS is working with several agencies to ensure the success of the project. It’s coordinating land use with the city of Albuquerque, which purchased 81 acres of land just to the west of the site to develop a park and community soccer fields. The district is also working with the city’s planning and public works departments on building and improving infrastructure.
It is also working with the Petroglyph National Monument to preserve scenic views, and with Western Albuquerque Landholdings, from whom APS purchased the property, to improve roads and landscaping in the area.
Perhaps most important, APS worked with local neighborhood associations to minimize any inconvenience to residents. At their suggestion, the stadium was moved further west on the site, away from the nearest neighborhood. The stadium will be built in a “bowl” to help contain sound and require shorter light poles.