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Volcano Vista High School, Albuquerque Public Schools – Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Volcano Vista is one of the newest high schools in the Albuquerque Public School district. The high school will serve grades nine through twelve and 2,200 students.  The project includes a master plan for 70 acres to include other community fields and recreational facilities. The project was fast-tracked to provide occupancy in less than two years. The commons areas are distributed along a central circulation element, providing space for student gathering and food service. The exterior of the building has a stucco skin, deep-set windows with shading devices/ light shelves, and a light-reflecting membrane roofing system. The 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. The structure is a steel framing system. Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers is the structural engineer on the first phase of this project.

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