The Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Patrick Coulie
The Los Alamos Nature Center building and design team were recently given three prestigious regional awards.
In November ENR-Southwest named the Nature Center its Small Project of the Year (under $10 million) and its Project of the Year (overall). The Nature Center beat out award winning buildings in every category to win this last designation.
More recently, the Nature Center stood out above more than 60 projects from around the state to win one of nine Eagle Awards from the NAIOP, an organization for commercial real estate developers. The Nature Center won the Eagle Award for the best civic/public building project in New Mexico.
The Nature Center building was also featured in New Mexico Magazine in April 2015 as part of an article called Building on Tradition. The Nature Center was cited as one of “three recent architectural projects around the state [that] reinterpret New Mexico’s design traditions to accommodate the shifting needs and tastes of the 21st century.”
More than 14,000 people have visited the Los Alamos Nature Center since it opened in April, including over 5,000 people from out of town. Compliments on the building and the design range from “Amazing!” to “A beautiful addition to our county!” to “Incredibly beautiful!” and “Love the nature center! It says a lot about Los Alamos to have such a wonderful nature center.”
The Los Alamos Nature Center represents the vision and support of our community. Mullen Heller Architecture and Kiplinger Constructors worked with the Los Alamos County and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to bring that vision to life. The awards and feedback show their success. Now the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the non-profit that runs the Nature Center, is looking to continue connecting people with nature and enriching lives.