Mesa del Sol is a 20-square mile mixed use development within the city limits of Albuquerque. The development incorporates housing and commercial spaces. The entire project subscribes to a New Urbanist philosophy which creates a strong community feel by incorporating features of traditional cities. There is a strong emphasis on maximizing walking, bicycling and transit use to help reduce the need of private automobiles.
Located adjacent Mesa del Sol's Aperture Center, the building accommodates Research and Advanced Learning for the IFDM program. The project was a tenant improvement (T.I.) to an existing shell designed by Antoine Predock Architect. Jon Anderson Architecture was the executive architect for the shell buildings for both the Aperture Center and the film school and was later commissioned as the design architect for the film school T.I.. The program includes a 100 seat Screening Theater, Flexible Performance and Studio Space, and 2 computer labs. The data infrastructure was designed to maximize the computing capacity located offsite at UNM's CARC (Center for Advanced Research Computing). The theater is wired to house a 4K projector and THX quality sound equipment.
Location:Mesa Del Sol, Albuquerque, NM
Type:T.I. for UNM Film School
Architect:Jon Anderson, FAIA
Project Manager:Jarrod Arellano, AIA
General Contractor:Klinger Constructors
Photographs:Kirk Gittings, Jon Anderson