White Rock Visitor Center Earns Special Recognition From AIA New Mexico

White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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AIA New Mexico Recognizes 2013 Achievements in Architecture

The White Rock Visitor Center,  earned Special Recognition from AIA New Mexico ( American Institute of Architects ) during a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 14 in Las Cruces.

During the event, AIA New Mexico recognized its 2013 architectural design and honor awards recipients at its biennial state convention at the Las Cruces Convention Center. AIA members and other design and construction industry professionals from New Mexico attended the convention themed “Communities Revitalized.”

The White Rock Visitor Center building and landscape was developed using many environmentally friendly features such as recycled concrete-based siding; solar orientation and installation of energy efficient LED lighting in the visitor center and parking lot; installation of an inverted roof to collect rainwater for irrigation use on outside plants; xeric, low water usage landscaping; and vaulted ceilings and numerous windows to allow for plenty of natural lighting and to save energy.

Key features of the Visitor Center also include:

  • RV Parking – short-term, 16-space parking for RVs, with water and electric hook-ups, as well as an on-site sanitary dump station;
  • Transit hub – offering transit to/from the Los Alamos townsite and Bandelier National Monument;
  • Dog holding pen – 40-foot gated dog pen for canine travelers; and
  • Picnic tables.

Design Awards

The following eight architectural design awards were selected from entries submitted by AIA New Mexico members and chosen by a jury chaired by James Richard, AIA, of Phoenix, Ariz. The highest award is honor, followed by citation of merit and then special recognition.

Honor Award: Modern Ruin

  • Alexander Dzurec, AIA, Santa Fe, NM

Honor Award: UNM Gallup Technology Center and Classroom Building

  • Mark Rohde, AIA – RMKM Architecture, P.C., Albuquerque, NM

Citation of Merit: Freeman Residence

  • Michael J. Krupnick, AIA, Santa Fe, NM

Citation of Merit: APD Northwest Area Command

  • Don H. May, AIA – RMKM Architecture, P.C., Albuquerque, NM

Citation of Merit: Police Headquarters, Municipal Courthouse, MVD

  • Don H. May, AIA – RMKM Architecture, P.C., Albuquerque, NM

Citation of Merit: Centennial High School

  • ASA Architects, P.A., Las Cruces, NM, with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Albuquerque, NM

Special Recognition: White Rock Visitor Center

  • Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C., Albuquerque, NM

Special Recognition: 20/20 (Unbuilt)

  • Armando Lopez, AIA, Las Cruces, NM

Honor Awards

In addition to the design awards, two honor awards were presented by AIA NM President Ron Burstein, AIA. The awards were juried by Edith Cherry, FAIA, ASLA, Beverly Spears, FAIA, and Richard Haas, AIA. 

AIA New Mexico Silver Medal for Lifetime Achievement: Terrance J. Brown, FAIA

This is the highest honor awarded by AIA New Mexico to a member who has advanced the practice of architecture and is recognized for outstanding professional achievements and sense of social responsibility. 

AIA New Mexico Architects Medal: Allan T. Baer, AIA

This award is bestowed on a member who has advanced the practice of architecture and is recognized for outstanding professional achievements and sense of social responsibility. 

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