Albuquerque High School is the oldest high school in Albuquerque and is located in the heart of the city. It serves not only Albuquerque Public Schools but the city at large. The main component of the renovation was to create a new school commons for the campus within a severely restricted footprint. The program also included construction of new facilities for the schools music and performing arts programs and renovation and expansion of the existing administration suite. Originally, an exterior courtyard and a skylight provided some daylight into the existing student commons but the space was dismal and shut off from the campus. The day lighting was insufficient and masonry walls and multiple levels distanced the existing commons from being an integrated space for the school. The exterior courtyard, while providing a much-needed secure outdoor space, physically was an obstacle for the circulation of the school. The renovation for the commons was seen as an extraction of space within the restricted footprint.
This reconfiguration is meant to enhance the entry experience into the main public space of the school and create a better crowd flow through the commons into the gymnasium and performing arts areas. The 37,000 square feet of new construction features a new cafeteria complete with a kitchen, a mezzanine designed to provide a greater variety of choices in socializing and eating areas, a performance stage, a “hall of fame” to house the school’s trophies, and an expanded music program. The music program included new Band and Orchestra rooms, a choir space, a Mariachi and Guitar rehearsal space and a dance studio for the schools Ballet Folklorico program.
This remodel transforms Albuquerque High School and creates a new and exciting entry and central commons area. It upgraded the food service and administration areas and expanded the extremely important music and cultural heritage programs.

Albuquerque, NM

102,000 SF

High School Renovation and Remodel

Jon Anderson, FAIA

Project Manager:
Jarrod Arellano, AIA

General Contractor:
Bradburry Stamm Construction Inc.

Kirk Gittings

2018 AIA New Mexico Design Citation Award
2018 AIA Albuquerque Design Honor Award