Construction Cost: $2.2M Size: Mixed Completed: 1996
The Entry Complex is composed of two buildings flanking the two sides of the Main Plaza of the Albuquerque Biological Park. The Visitor Center is an exhibit space fronting on the Entry Court, which orients and introduces visitors to the Botanical Gardens. Its high vaulted ceilings and clerestory glazing provide an abundance of natural light and allow for flexibility in layout of exhibits. The Education Building houses a large, multi-purpose room and exhibit space, both with high-vaulted ceilings. This facility is set back from the Main Plaza to allow for future expansion. This project is a public facility for the City of Albuquerque. It is high bay and designed for long-span structure and maximum flexibility of the spaces it encloses. The structural design included load bearing studs, steel joists and trusses to accommodate the large open areas. The final bid for this project was $1.241 million dollars. The Rio Grande Botanical Garden highlights plants of the Southwest and other climates in a variety of specialty gardens and a 10,000 square foot conservatory.