The BIA Southwest Regional Headquarters Building—Phase II—and Manuel Lujan Jr. Indian Training Center was planned as a second phase of the BIA Southwest Regional Headquarters Center in the All Indian Pueblo Council (AIPC) development site in Albuquerque. As the second building in the master planned site of 47 acres, the project is a pedestrian-oriented government campus, with Federal Government level 3 and level 4 security zones, as well as functional efficiency.
The Phase II building is oriented to create a major entry plaza, and a shaded, pedestrian connection to the plaza of the Phase I BIA Regional Headquarters building as well as creating spectacular views to the Sandia and Jemez Mountains.
A central entry to the three-story, “L”-shaped building creates a convenient service/elevator core, and results in three larger, flexible 25,000 square foot floor plates on each side of the entry which can be subdivided into departments as small as 2,000 square feet or as large as an entire floor plate. Placement of the central core provides for security control points on either side of the lobby core. The Training Center is designed to provide flexible, dividable rooms, convenient access and a robust network infrastructure for distance learning, teleconferences and computer training.
The data center in the BIA II building is one of most advanced operational control center in the country and supports operations in a high-security environment. A key design goal was to provide an excellent, expandable technical/utilities infrastructure and a quality working environment.