SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING AND FINE ARTS DESIGN LIBRARY Client: University of New Mexico Design Architect: Antoine Predock Architect Executive Architect: Jon Anderson Architect Structural Engineer: Chavez, Grieves Consulting Engineers M/E/P Engineer: Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers Energy Consultant: The Weidt Group Code Consultants: Code Consultant, Inc. Civil Engineer: Jeff Mortensen & Associates Specification Consultants: KG Associates Builders: Jaynes Corp. Cost: $29 million
TRANSPARENCY Predock describes the building enclosure as "a big unapologetic wall that has apertures that allow different possibilities." The expanses of glazing allow passersby on the south or north sides of the building to see the activity in what is often a 24-hour building. The openings also allow students to look out, which Predock notes is something "that people in these studios need to, but don't often, do." His client is pleased. "The building responds even beyond my expectations," Schluntz says. "The school and our programs went from virtual obscurity to being the prominent feature on this segment of the campus."
BUILDING AS LEARNING TOOL "The guts of the building are hanging out, in an instructional sense," says Predock, when describing the building's interior. All systems are exposed, from the massive steel trusses to cable trays that snake along the ceilings, bringing power and network operations to every workstation. The exterior walls--of poured-in-place concrete tinted an adobe tone to match the other campus buildings--are exceptionally thick. The thickness accommodates a plenum that creates airflow in an inductive-air system.