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Sandia HS Gets New Library, Math & Science Academy

The $21.1 million project was completed in time for the new school year.

Matadors past and present gathered in the courtyard of the new Math and Science Academy last week to celebrate the new building on the Sandia High campus along with the school’s new library next door. 

Elected officials, students, staff and parents who attended the grand opening described the new buildings as comfortable, state-of-the-art and conducive to learning.

And, of course, it only makes sense that the Matadors now have spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains right outside their window.

“Congratulations to the students and the staff at Sandia. Construction is always a bit of an inconvenience, but I think they’d agree the end result was worth the noise, the dust and the temporarily relocated classes,” said Interim Superintendent Brad Winter, who attended the dedication along with School Board Vice President Dr. Don Duran, former School Board Member Paula Maes, City Councilor Diane Gibson, County Commissioner Wayne Johnson and Mayor’s Representative Marc Chavez

The dignitaries and media were given tours of the two buildings by student ambassadors who have been learning in the new classrooms, labs and library since school started. 

Architect Mahlman Studio deserves praise for the thoughtful design of these buildings, and builder HB Construction gets a big thanks for turning those designs into reality.

HB Construction and its president and CEO Jason Harringon, by the way, are supporters of the APS Education Foundation’s Broader Horizons campaign, having donated $5,000 to the campaign to assist learning in Albuquerque Public Schools. HB Construction is among the first to commit to the campaign that officially began this month.

There were a couple of Matadors who were in the thoughts and prayers of those attending the building dedication – longtime swim coach Betsy Patterson recently lost her battle with breast cancer, and Tim Whalen, who was an assistant principal at Sandia before becoming the longtime principal at Manzano, died following a heart attack a few days later.

More Information on the Project

Science and Math Academy - 57,592 square feet, three stories
The Math and Science departments share many common spaces and work spaces which allows for interaction among the disciplines. The Life Science, Physical Science and Chemistry classes have state-of-the-art laboratories and support spaces. The Life Science classrooms are located on the ground floor allowing direct access to the new Outdoor Environmental Wetlands. All of the classrooms, laboratories, workrooms and hallways have abundant natural daylight and outstanding views of the campus and landscape beyond.

Library - 17,758 square feet, two stories
In addition to the main collections and reading areas, the new Library Building includes computer labs, small group study rooms, and a graphic arts production studio. All rooms are day lighted and the main collections area has a dramatic view of the Sandia Mountains.

Softball Field
The new Softball Field provides a new natural sod field with greatly improved dugouts, practice cages, concessions, and storage facilities.

  • Budget: $21.1 million
  • Architect:  Mahlman Studio
  • General Contractor: HB Construction
  • Date of Completion: May 2014

This is the third phase of a six-phase process to completely rebuild Sandia High School.

 

 

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