Design Plus worked with representatives from the NACA community and APS Facilities Design and Construction to develop a customized process:  a matrix of generic space planning standards was created from existing PSFA and APS documents, and then adjusted to the specific programmatic requirements of NACA;  a series of guided design charrettes were held with (and within) the school body to identify primary goals;  spatial adjacencies / parameters were established and diagrammed;  the NACA campus was drawn and modeled with feedback from the school community.
HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER
The purpose of the 32,000 S.F. Sandoval County Health and Community Services Center is to improve health and social services for residents of all income levels in the area. Recent OSHA and CLIA reviews had cited existing Rio Rancho service offices for inadequate laboratory space and drug storage space and for not meeting ADA accessibility standards. Antiquated electrical systems made installation of computers and other electrical equipment difficult and sometimes dangerous. Office locations were distributed in a non-logical manner, and did not facilitate collaboration or co-location of complimentary, “singlestop” programs.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER - EL ZOCOLO
Design Plus performed a feasibility study for the conversion of an existing complex of four private buildings into a multipurpose Economic Development Center for Sandoval County. The El Zocalo complex in Bernalillo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, adding a level of complexity to the project. Each building required a complete renovation of mechanical and electrical systems, and extensive upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable building codes. Design Plus’ status as an architecture firm with planning expertise allows comprehensive consideration of pragmatic constructability/code issues from project inception and enhances process outcome. Our feasibility study for El Zocalo encompassed financial, logistical, and design-related elements, and was successful in securing a $1 million Federal EDA grant for completion of the project.