Los Alamos County, in their commitment to further redevelopment of downtown Los Alamos, solicited interested parties for a Design/Build Competition in 2010 for a new Municipal Building and Mixed Use complex on a 3.7 acre redevelopment site in downtown Los Alamos.
Studio SW teamed with Jaynes Corporation and competed successfully against five finalists in the competition. After the award of the contract the team met extensively with the community to develop multiple options for the best utilization of the mixed use site and gain the support of the County Council. Careful consideration was given to topography, views, commercial viability, and the streetscape.
The final design solution offered a free standing site for the mixed use complex, at the southwestern corner of the site, and utilized the balance of the site for the three-story Municipal Building. The building’s placement on the site scaled back it’s massing to reduce the impact of the building on the surrounding neighborhood and created the Council Chambers as a recognizable public icon fronting Central Avenue. The Chambers is separated from the body of the Municipal Building by a dramatic linear gallery that affords views of the Jemez Mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the East. This proposed LEED Gold building design will soon house the administrative offices of the county government, the County Historic Archives and County Records.