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College and Career High School Grand Opening

Thursday, October 10, 2019
from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Education Collaborative Building

CNM Campus

940 University Blvd. SE

Design Concept 

The design for the new Educational Collaborative (EC) building by Jon Anderson Architecture and constructed by Bradbury Stamm Construction strives to reflect the partnership between CNM and APS and embody the spirit and uniqueness of its function and its occupants.  Three very successful schools, two high schools and one college program, come together in one facility representing students of various ages, educational stages, and cultural backgrounds.  

The architecture seeks to echo this educational confluence via repeating themes of weaving and interlocking of pattern and spatial geometry.  It strives to balance notions of light and shadow, heaviness and levity, sleekness, and texture.  Each school’s need for autonomy is juxtaposed with opportunities for shared common spaces.  The building responds by providing traditional dedicated classrooms fused with open, flexible, non-dedicated spaces that support large or small group gatherings, impromptu learning, and informal collaboration. 


The building uses the traditional materials of the existing campus fabric in new ways to represent the energy of this unique collaboration.  Brick and white aluminum panels, for example, are woven and manipulated to filter light, reduce building heat gain, provide building security and create visual drama.  Color is used, both subtlety and boldly, to create calming study areas, vibrant active areas, and represent indigenous symbology.    


The building seeks to take advantage of its site to connect to nature and our Albuquerque landscape.  Providing outdoor terraces on every level allows for dramatic vistas in every direction toward significant natural landmarks such as Mount Taylor, Ladron Peak, the Three Sisters volcanoes, the Rio Grande River Valley, the Manzano Mountains, and the Sandia Mountains. 

Building Facts 

  • 4-story, 74’ feet tall, and over 80,000 square feet.
  • 341 Rammed gravel piers supporting the concrete foundations.
  • Over 750 tons of steel.
  • Over 5,000 square feet of Outdoor Terraces.

Energy Conservation Facts 

  • 252 roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels generate 84 kilowatts of power, enough to power over 15 houses, which offsets building energy usage by 30%. 
  • 53% more energy efficient than a typical college building.
  • Almost 90% of Construction Waste (2,300 tons) was recycled or diverted from landfill, or 328 elephants, including 5 tons of Cardboard.
  • Building design reduces indoor water usage by 32% saving 91,205 gallons of potable water per year.  That’s enough to fill 1,140 bathtubs each year. 
  • Site design reduces outdoor water consumption by 55% saving over 80,000 gallons of water per month on irrigation.

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