Volcano Vista High School
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Construction Cost: $100M   Size: 450,000sf   

  • High school for grades nine through twelve, for 2,200 students
  • Approximately 450,000 square feet of building on a 50-acre site
  • Project included a master plan for 70 acres to include other community fields and recreational facilities
  • Fast-tracked to provide occupancy in less than two years
  • Two-story building and the adjacent athletic fields step slightly with the site
  • Commons areas are distributed along a central circulation element, providing space for student gathering and food service
  • Exterior of the building has a stucco skin, deep-set windows with shading devices/ light shelves, and a light-reflecting membrane roofing system
  • Main entrance is accentuated by locating it on the second level, at the end of a long gradual slope up. The main entrance leads into the two-level Learning Resource Center, which element adds to a strong design focus for the main entrance
  • Structure is a steel framing system
  • Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers was the structural engineer on the first phase of this project