BERNALILLO COUNTY SPACE NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND MASTER PLANAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Bernalillo County, in central New Mexico, serves both the city of Albuquerque and the unincorporated areas of the County. The County government’s administrative departments are located in buildings scattered throughout the City. At present, County administration is partially located in a building shared with the City of Albuquerque’s municipal government. Both occupants of the 25-year-old building have outgrown their allocated space. County government was exploring options to consolidate into a new building, and retained Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) with Studio Southwest Architects Inc. to perform a needs assessment, develop a facility program, and produce a conceptual master plan.
As part of the Phase 1 master planning process, the planning team conducted property evaluations and analyses for several properties owned by Bernalillo County. The process included assessment of building conditions; Phase 1 environmental assessments; property value appraisals; and analyses of market opportunities to assist the County in determining future use and demand.
During master planning efforts in Phase 2, the team developed an overall master plan to execute the project, including conceptual site development recommendations. Site development recommendations included options for phasing, building massing, cost analysis, and the development of an adjacent parking structure.