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Dreamstyle Remodeling Breaks Ground on $4.5M Albuquerque Showroom

6 Nov 2013, 5:03 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A new showroom/office building broke ground in the dynamic Renaissance corridor. Dreamstyle Remodeling, the new umbrella name for Four Seasons Sunrooms, Renewal by Andersen and Cal Spas, will be joining Sam’s Club and Costco in undertaking the $4.5 million development.

The company has been in operation since the 1990s, without having a well-defined identity. “Nobody really knew who we were on the whole – they assumed they were separate companies,” stated Larry Chaves, the founder and CEO of the Albuquerque-based company. Since it planed to enter the Southern California scene, creating a distinct identity became mandatory.

“With a strong commitment to superior product quality, expert installation, and exceptional customer service we are proud to have helped more than 15,000 customers improve their homes. Our business has grown substantially in recent years, and we feel grateful to be able to construct this beautiful new facility to continue providing exceptional service to our community,” said Chaves.

The new 20,000-square-foot project is located at 1460 Renaissance Boulevard and will be replacing the current Albuquerque showroom. Completion date is set for March 2014. Architect Rick Bennett designed the building, Wells Fargo financed it, and Jaynes Structures is in charge with the construction, superintended by Josh Wilmot and Rick Letscher.

Dreamstyle Remodeling currently employs 204 people across six offices in three states: Santa Fe, El Paso, Texas, and three in Arizona (Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson); they’re in the process of hiring 20 more. The company expects to gross $28 million this year, keeping the rising trend of the previous years – $21 million in 2012 and $13.5 million in 2011.

Photo courtesy of Dreamstyle Remodeling.

Developer Obtains Approval for 80,000 SF Mixed-use Development

1 Nov 2013, 6:35 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The intersection of Central and Laguna SW will turn into a construction site early next year. Jay Rembe, the developer responsible for the Aveda Institute and Vinaigrette project, isn’t ready to depart from Albuquerque’s Central Avenue corridor between Downtown and Old Town.

Country Club Plaza is next on his list and has been approved by the city’s Environmental Planning Commission earlier this month. The project has been on his mind for the past 10 years now, but it was delayed for financial reasons. The plan features a 3.4-acre mixed-use development that will encompass 80,000 square feet of commercial, office, and retail space. A three-story building with 21,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, holding two levels of residential units, is also part of the construction plan. A two-story office building is designed for Rembe’s Urban Design + Development, Mullen Heller Architecture and other tenants and a gathering place is on paper, as well, under the form of a 40-by-150-foot plaza.

The developer told Albuquerque Journal that on top of the aforementioned project, he wants to obtain approval for a 40- to 45-unit residential development nearby. For now, work is scheduled only for the Country Club Plaza. The leasing stage is being handled by Brett Hills of NAI Maestas & Ward. Five Star Burgers and Chama River Brewing Co. have already signed leases, and Rembe said that the Aveda Institute, a salon and cosmetology school, and Vinaigrette restaurant in the surrounding area should help attract residents.

Photo courtesy of NAI Maestas & Ward.

New $30M Westside Apartment Complex on the Rise

24 Oct 2013, 9:35 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The largest sale in 2011 for a multifamily project in the Albuquerque area is now ground for preliminary works on what will become an upscale apartment complex. Andalucia Villas will occupy 16.5 acres at Coors and Montaño in the Westside of the city, close to the Bosque School. The buyer and developer, Bay Hill Development LLC, was represented by NAI Maestas & Ward.

The estimated cost for the project is of $30 million, with land acquisition included. In August a building permit has been issued by the city for the $18.8 million construction of the 240-unit apartment community at 5300 Antequera NW. The Andalucia Villas will be green certified and will total 380,188 square feet, probably including rental garages. A clubhouse and other amenities will complete the residential development.

The project manager at Andalucia Villas is Mike Bauduin, and the general contractor is Louisiana-based List Construction. Construction is scheduled to be finalized in the third

quarter of 2014.

Vacancy in Albuquerque metro increased in the second quarter to 6.6 percent, according to a Marcus and Millichap report. Marcus and Millichap forecasts a drop in the vacancy rate to 6.3 percent by the end of the year. Construction of rentals increased from last year, from 144 to 219 units, the first 96 units being delivered in the first half of the year.


The Phoenix Apartments Rises From the Western Palisades Ashes

16 Oct 2013, 9:58 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Once a foreclosed property, the Western Palisades residential community located at 1720 Atrisco Drive SW was rescued by Chuck Sheldon of T&C Management and will open its doors to low-income families.

The history of the property is a stormy one, which resulted in the new owner changing its name to The Phoenix apartments. After Sheldon’s purchase of the property in 2010 for approximately $1.5 million, the Western Palisades went through a renovation stage that began in June 2011. Close to the finalization of the works, two of the main buildings were destroyed by fire, Sheldon told Albuquerque Business First. “Finalizing plans for the replacement buildings and insurance settlements then took nine months,” he added.

This was not the first time the building had experienced a fire. In 2007 a 9-year-old girl died at the development because of a candle that was left unattended. After the second fire, the community gave up its initial name and switched to The Phoenix Apartments.

“These apartments were renamed not only for them coming out of the ashes but for all of their troubled history.” This week the building is going through the final inspections and on Oct. 22 the ribbon-cutting event will take place.

The Phoenix offers 32 units to low-income families in the Coors Boulevard and Arenal Road area. Eight of them have been preleased.

Photo courtesy of Google.

Mehran Changes Strategy from Leasing to Loft Conversion for Office Building

11 Oct 2013, 9:46 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Built in 1958, the office building at 517 Gold Avenue has been a federal office until the early 2000 when the office vacated the space. For the next decade the eight-story block property was vacant.

New Jersey developer and furniture retailer Anthony Mehran purchased the building in 2007 at an online auction for $1.51 million. He tried to lease it the first five years, but unsuccessfully. Changing the strategy, he decided to convert it to market-rate apartments using his own funds. For this the plumbing and electrical systems had to be reinstalled. The unit ceilings heights had to be increased to bring the living spaces closer to the industrial aesthetics design that’s currently in trend in newer urban apartment construction. The costs for the renovations have not been made public.

The building is planned to be renovated two floors at a time; once the first two floors are finalized, the leasing stage will start. The first phase of the project consists of transforming the first two floors into 60 loft-style studio-sized units that range in square footage from 350 to 600 square feet, reports Albuquerque Business First.

Completion on phase one has been postponed for the second quarter of 2014. “Things are moving along and we’re up to framing and doing plumbing and electric work on the first two floors,” said Anthony Mehran.

The architect hired for the redevelopment is Albuquerque-based Garrett Smith Ltd., and AIC General Contractor is in charge of the construction works.

Photo courtesy of Google.

First Baptist Church in Albuquerque Listed at $7.5M

4 Oct 2013, 3:41 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Located at the corner of Broadway Boulevard NE and Central Avenue, the First Baptist Church has sat vacant for several years. The property is now back on the market, listed by Keith Meyer and Jim Wible with NAI Maestas & Ward.

The church was built in the 1970s and entitles almost 87,000 square feet of building space and seven acres of land. Near the largest university in the state, the property is also sited next to the convention center. The listing price is $7.5 million.

The University of New Mexico is the latest group that is considering purchasing the property, after the City of Albuquerque and Albuquerque Public Schools attempted to acquire it in the past. They’re counting on a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, currently pending.

UNM envisions creating the “Innovate ABQ” business incubator, a cheaper place for new small businesses to start. “There could be literally tens to hundreds of small businesses that get started in an incubator like this,” said Lisa Kuuttila, CEO and chief economic development officer of STC.UNM.

The Maestas brokers believe that “Innovate ABQ is a great thing and could be a great project,” one that would grow jobs and that has shown positive results in other communities. Moreover, both UNM’s president, Dr. Robert Frank, and the mayor are interested to see the project successful.

Photo courtesy of Google

Candelaria Business Center For Sale at $2.9M

26 Sep 2013, 9:02 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A new investment opportunity is available in Albuquerque’s NE Heights market. Candelaria Business Center has been listed for sale under the representation of Todd Clarke CCIM of NM Apartment Advisors. The mixed-use business park includes office, retail and warehouse space with flexible zoning, marketed as a stable investment with steady cash flow. The list price is of $2,995,000, or $86.06 per square foot.

The property is sited on 4.47 acres, totaling 34,800 square feet, located in the epicenter of New Mexico’s employment centers. It consists of four buildings with access to Interstate 40/Carlisle Blvd., Interstate 25/Candelaria Blvd., and Interstate 25/Montgomery Blvd. Each of the buildings ranges in size from 8,400 to 9,600 square feet and has alley access roll-up doors. 180 parking spaces are part of the deal with a ratio of 5.3 parking spaces per 1,000 square feet. Additional land, which can support a building of about 1,200 square feet, is available on a pad site facing Amherst Drive.

The complex, currently 96 percent occupied, has three addresses–3301/3311/3351 Candelaria Road NE–consisting of 8,400 square feet, 9,600 square feet and 16,800 square feet respectively. Among the tenants are: Catholic Charities USA, Unidas Case Management, Tax Professionals Inc., NM Consumer Personal Care, Compass Construction, Protection Security Solutions, SCS Engineers and Issa Shokoohi.

Montaño Transit Center Breaks Ground in Albuquerque

19 Sep 2013, 9:37 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A $7.5 million project that broke ground in Albuquerque will serve both ABQ RIDE and New Mexico’s Rail Runner Express. The Montaño Transit Center will primarily accommodate travelers in North Valley and in the Montaño/Montgomery river-crossing corridor. 

“We think this will help with some of the redevelopment and development within this portion in the valley,” said Bruce Rizzieri, director of ABQ RIDE.

Vector Engineering is the designer and G. Sandoval Construction is the contractor. The latter is known to have managed the construction of Las Cruces’ Intermodal Transit Center that opened this summer, reports Albuquerque Business First. The hub is designed in a Pueblo Revival style with a rail platform, a parking lot with 291 spaces, bike racks, lockers and free Wi-Fi.

“This new transit center is great news for not just the North Valley but the greater Albuquerque metro area,” Commissioner Debbie O’Malley said in a statement on the groundbreaking. “This new facility provides more options to travelers, from taking a ride on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, to catching a bus, organizing a carpool or commuting by bicycle.” She is the advocate for the project who applied for $6.7 million in federal funds that made the project possible.

Completion date is set for January 2014.

Photo courtesy of Bernalillo County.

Moss Adams Leases 18,964 Square Feet of Office Space in Two Park Square

11 Sep 2013, 10:49 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate editor

In the heart of uptown Albuquerque stands two 10-story office buildings with splendid views of the surrounding Sandia, Manzano, Jemez and San Mateo mountain ranges. Hines, the building developer, owner and managing company for the properties, recently welcomed a new tenant to occupy 18,964 square feet on the sixth floor of Two Park Square. 

The financial service firm Moss Adams LLP is the lease holder that advanced the occupancy of the building to 94 percent. They were represented in the negotiations by Dan Newman and Debbie Dupes of CBRE. Scott Throckmorton, president of ARGUS Investment Realty, was legal representative for Hines. The space is designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. Extensive floor-to-ceiling glass partitions and sliding-glass barn doors create a visually open work space with complete functionality.

Chris Anderson, the managing director of Hines, said in a press statement, “We are pleased Moss Adams chose Two Park Square for their new office.  They are an outstanding addition to an already world-class tenant roster.” The southwest regional managing partner of Moss Adams, Steve Keene continued, “With the prime location and modern office standards, Two Park Square is one of the premier office buildings in Albuquerque, and we are thrilled to call it our new home. This building allowed us to create a space that is open, light and collaborative.”

Two Park Square was completed in 1989 and holds the title of the first ENERGY STAR-certified property in New Mexico. Since 2003 it earned yearly the ENERGY STAR label and currently holds a score of 95.

Photo courtesy of Hines.

Condos Priced from $140K-$360K Come to Market after Project Completion

6 Sep 2013, 10:14 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Back in 2007, developer Vincent Garcia was riding high on a nine-story mixed-use project in downtown Albuquerque, but earlier this year, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $722,544. Garcia pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud related to the misuse of bank loans related to the development.

In October 2006 bulldozers were demolishing a building to make place for the Anasazi Downtown. Garcia’s Blue Dot Corp. had started the construction with a $20 million loan from Columbian Bank and Trust in Kansas. Completion date for it was set for 2007. But on Aug. 22, 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized the lender Columbian Bank and Trust. The 90,000-square-foot building was only 85 percent complete.

After more than four years Anasazi Downtown was acquired by Professional Equity Management Real Estate Group from Scottsdale, Ariz. The company spent approximately $3 million to finish the construction.

The first batch of condos that range in size from 712 to 1,545 square feet, are now for sale at prices that start at $143,520 up to $363,075. All 45 units have balconies of at least 100 square feet in size. Private tours are scheduled for Sept. 15, and the marketers for the 15 condos on the upper six floors are Joe Corso and Lynette Manzanares of Mercury Properties.

The 9,038 commercial square feet on the ground floor are available for lease. The space can be divided into six units and the marketers are Marguerite Haverly, Tim Luten, Chuck Sheldon, and Brent Tiano of Colliers International.

Photo courtesy of Anasazi Downtown Facebook page

Albuquerque’s Rock Climbing Gym to Expand to 23,000 Sq. Ft. after Relocation, $4M Renovation

29 Aug 2013, 9:50 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

New Mexico’s largest indoor rock climbing gym is soon to become the largest one in the Southwest. A $4 million renovation commenced for Albuquerque’s Stone Age Climbing Gym that relocates to the former Spa & Billiard World store at 4130 Cutler Ave. NE, just off of Interstate 40 and Carlisle. 

The current site has 9,600 square feet of floor space and over 12,000 square feet of climbing wall, and after the expansion the site will encompass 23,000 square feet.  “We’d been looking for space for three years. The requirements for this business are very unique — you need very tall ceilings, easy access and plenty of parking,” told Albuquerque Business First Bryan Pletta, owner of Stone Age.

The gym originally opened in 1997 in a 3,800 square feet space and expanded in 2004 by 5,000 square feet with the acquisition of a warehouse, according to its website.

Edward Fitzgerald/Architects, the architect for the project, is using sustainable design features including a 60-kilowatt active solar PV system and xeric landscape. Everything will be custom built, just as the rest of the newest climbing gyms across the country. The walls will be 43 feet tall, compared to 28 feet currently.

The brokers of the transaction were NAI Maestas & Ward’s Brett Hills and Jim Hakeem. The general contractor on the development is Klinger Constructors, and the completion date is set for January 2014.

 Photo courtesy of Stone Age Climbing Gym.

Office Building in Rio Rancho is For Sale for $5M

16 Aug 2013, 9:57 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A 50,000-square-feet complex located 16 miles north of Albuquerque has been listed for sale for $5 million. The five-story building, located at at Quantum Road and NM 528, used to belong to AMREP Southwest which is now the main tenant. 

The listing agent for the sale is John Morrow from West Wood Realty, reports Albuquerque Business First. According to the sales representative, the property is a bargain. “For a building of this quality and stature and location, it’s a very competitive price; especially when considering the many recent upgrades and improvements.”

The property was built in 1986 for AMREP Southwest, one of the most prominent home builders of New Mexico at the time. In 1960 the company had paid $10 million to acquire 55,000 acres of what later became the City of Rio Rancho. The building was then in the heart of the development of what became the state’s third-largest municipality. AMREP now owns approximately 8,000 acres in Rio Rancho.

In 2006 the office building was purchased by AFEP which invested in the building, upgrading the heating and cooling unit and installing remote temperature and ventilation controls. Energy-efficient lighting and a fiber-optic cables have also been installed. In 2007 the roof was replaced and the common areas refurbished.

The market in the area is improving. The Northern Boulevard NM 528 is scheduled to undergo a widening from four to six lanes.

Photo courtesy of New Mexico

Design Team Selected for The Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project

7 Aug 2013, 9:44 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A reconstruction project meant to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety and air quality has selected its design team. The corridor is the Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange, which has been allocated $75 million to $93 million and an additional $18 million for the preliminary design and acquisition of rights and fees. 

The chosen design-build team is Kiewit New Mexico/Bohannan Huston Inc./Terracon. The team’s management plan states the maximum guaranteed price will not be exceeded. Contract negotiations and the completion of the project design are planned for finalization this month. In early September notice to continue work outside the primary construction zone is expected. The construction will begin in October, after the 2013 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and is scheduled to be completed in less than two years.

Improvements include a free-flow ramp from eastbound Paseo del Norte to southbound I-25 to ease the traffic during rush hours; a flyover ramp for the northbound I-25 to westbound Paseo Del Norte to support the traffic in the afternoon hours; and an overpass at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Paseo Del Norte for the local traffic flow and the access from east to west. Bicycle and pedestrian access is taken into account, connecting existing paths in the area. Access on the freeway for the traffic coming from east of Paseo del Norte/I-25 interchange will also be improved as the I-25 mainline between Alameda Boulevard and Jefferson Street.

Financing consists of: $50 million from the city of Albuquerque, $29.75 million from the state, $5 million from Bernalillo County, and $8.25 million from federal funding sources.

The project will bring 3,000 new jobs over the next 20 years and fuel savings for the area of around $2.5 million per year within the next 20 years, as stated in a release from the Mayor’s office.

Photo courtesy of Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project

Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe Announces Grand Re-Opening

2 Aug 2013, 7:50 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Aug. 9, 2013 will put an end to seven years of darkness for the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. Renowned George R. R. Martin, “in a fit of madness”, purchased the building in April of this year, having in mind the glorious years when the cinema was home to independent and foreign films, claiming for seven years in a row the Best of Santa Fe award. 

Marshall Thompson of Constructive Assets has been the contractor who managed the renovations and the writer’s nervous breakdown, as he himself says. The rehabilitation of the property has been done with respect to the initial design; the old marquee is still there, just with bright LEDs instead of the old fluorescents. The auditorium hasn’t been modified visibly except for the addition of wheelchair seating, but the lobby and the concessions area shows the bold new art deco design of Jayne Franck.

The screen has been replaced with a larger and brighter one and the new digital projector is a NEC 900 Digital Projection System and Integrated Media Server. The new sound system is a Dolby Digital Surround Sound Processor CP650, assuring a much improved picture and sound quality.

To celebrate the return to life of the theater, R. R. Martin planned free admission for the first week to all shows. Aug. 9 will present to the Santa-Fe film-going community two classic feature films: Orpheus by Jean Cocteau, and Forbidden Planet, MGM’s big budget SF movie from 1956. Pizzas, pastries, and the best popcorn with parmesan will be available at the concession counter.

Photo courtesy of Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Twilight Homes to Sell Houses Starting at $140,000 at Master Development

25 Jul 2013, 9:32 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The mixed-use Mesa del Sol has been under development since May 2001 when the State Land Office named Forest City master developer. The walkable development site is 10 minutes from Albuquerque International Sunport and 20 minutes from downtown. 

Multiple homebuilders have enrolled in the project, including Rachel Matthew Homes, Pulte Homes and RayLee Homes. Now Twilight Homes has joined the development team, reports Albuquerque Business First. The company focuses on maximizing energy savings and keeping heating and cooling loss at a minimum through a mixture of design elements, building practices and appliances selection.

“This product is more accessible to people looking for a lower price point that want to live at Mesa del Sol,” said Vincent Pizzonia, one of Twilight’s owners. “We are providing semi-custom touches at a much lower price point than people are accustomed to.”

Twilight Homes has two projects planned for Mesa de Sol: Tribeca Series and Oasis Series, both single-family homes developments. Tribeca is located at nine home sites across from the Aperture Center park of Mesa del Sol and received gold certification from Build Green New Mexico for the solar panels and other energy-saving features. The sizes of the homes start at 1,720 square feet, and the interiors are “highly amenitized,” promises Pizzonia.

Construction for the Oasis Series is scheduled to begin later this summer. Prices start at $140,000, and the homes range between 1,000 and 1,800 square feet in size.

Photo courtesy of Twilight Homes

Double Recognition for Albuquerque’s Architecture Firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

19 Jul 2013, 9:15 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Architectural Record is a magazine that focuses on design inspiration and skill development, on practice management and business improvement. Recently they’ve announced their list of top 300 U.S. architecture firms based on revenue. 

Engineering News-Record Southwest was selected as 2013 Design Firm of the Year. Commitment to sustainable design, excellent quality of work, involvement in community works, and an ever- increasing portfolio of projects were among the considerations that made the regional editors hand them the title.

Albuquerque’s Dekker/Perich/Sabatini made it again to the list. This year they climbed 55 positions from a year ago, occupying a well-deserved 112 rank. Their recorded architectural revenue was of $21.14 million, $11.36 million coming from domestic projects. They are the only firm from New Mexico that was recognized by the publication. The list can be viewed here.

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is led by a trio of architects whose joint effort created a firm specializing in architecture, interior design, landscape, planning, and structural engineering. They’ve been on the market since 1998 and currently operate from offices in Albuquerque, Amarillo, and Las Cruces. The founder is Dale Dekker.

Photo courtesy of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Albuquerque’s Convention Center Completes Phase I of $20M Renovation

10 Jul 2013, 9:11 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The 40-year-old convention center in Albuquerque is half way through its $20 million restoration.  Albuquerque Business First reported that the city hosted an event last Tuesday to mark the finalization of Phase I of the redevelopment. 

The construction started in February 2013 amidst ongoing convention business. The local architectural firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini was selected to create a design that reflects Albuquerque’s history, art, culture and environment. Phase I of the project focuses on a complete remodel of the ballrooms, the kitchen, and the tasting room. The funds for both phases of the project derive from the refinancing of the debt on the building.

Phase II is scheduled to begin in August 2013 with completion date in October 2014. It includes a new entrance to the West Complex, balcony and shade for the ballroom, executive conference room, and atrium improvements to include a fireplace. The costs for the Phase II upgrades are estimated at about $11.6 million. In addition to these renovations, the free wireless Internet access points are being expanded, and the LED lighting is being upgraded.

The city is banking on the renovation to pay off by making the Convention Center more marketable. The face-lift will generate more bookings, and direct spending by convention center attendees is estimated to increase from the $10.7 million in 2013 to $21.6 million in 2014.

Photo credits: Albuquerque Convention Center

Friedman Recycling Opens $21M Facility in Albuquerque

5 Jul 2013, 10:23 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The fruitful collaboration between Mayor Richard J. Berry and Friedman Recycling has led to a successful result–the opening of the single-stream materials recovery facility in Albuquerque. “This new facility is a symbol of our commitment to recycling and forever changes the way Albuquerque recycles,” Mayor Berry said. The new facility not only demonstrates care for the city and the environment, but also for the economy as it brings with it 35 new jobs that over time will grow to 75. 

The cost to build the facility was about $21 million and the design, manufacture and installation were done by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). The 90,000 square-foot facility has the latest technology in screening, air and optical sorting and is projected to handle 120,000 tons of recyclables per year gathered from approximately 177,000 residential customers. Materials to be recycled here are plastic bottles, cans, small electronic scrap, old corrugated containers, chipboard and paper.

The facility in Albuquerque is not the first contract Friedman Recycling has signed with BHS; in 2010 they’ve done the same in El Paso. “BHS has been a great partner for us,” said President Morris Friedman. “We’ve been aggressively growing our single-stream capabilities at all of our plants. We’ve enjoyed working with BHS to bring state-of-the-art recycling solutions to all of our municipal, commercial and institutional clients. BHS has great screens, and the sales, design, service and installation crews are top notch.”

“Friedman Recycling has shown a commitment to bringing innovative recycling solutions to the Southwest,” said BHS President John Warne. “This beautiful facility is the latest example and significantly enhances the way Albuquerque recycles – a testament to the Friedman family and all that make up their company.”

BHS has its headquarters in Eugene, Ore. They are renowned worldwide for designing, engineering, manufacturing and installing sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy and construction and demolition industry.

Friedman Recycling Companies is a family business headquartered in Phoenix. They provide recycling solutions for municipalities, businesses and institutions, and are considered to be one of the largest independent recycling companies in the Southwestern USA.

Photo credits: www. green.wikia.com

One Call Services Preserves Historical Architecture in Renovation

28 Jun 2013, 8:53 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

One of the top commercial and residential contractors in Albuquerque, One Call Service Inc., is making a big change in the home remodeling domain by trying to change as little as possible– through preservation of original architectural details. Ranked second highest by the Better Business Bureau, the company brings 25 years of combined experience and a GB98 license. 

One of their most recent projects is the renovation of a historical property in Albuquerque. They have expanded a bathroom by 100 square feet including a custom shower with tile and glass enclosure, with an updated faucet and shower head for increased energy efficiency. New tile flooring, a fresh coat of paint throughout the room and a new textured ceiling completed the bathroom renovation. The project also included the building of a mother-in-law suite on the property to accommodate additional members of the family. The biggest challenge of the 600-square-foot studio, with an open floor plan that included a bathroom and a bedroom, was: maintaining the historical spirit of the original structure.

Another project consisted of upgrading the exterior of a home for a single mom in Santa Fe. This included the installation of 1500 linear and 6 foot high coyote fence. Made from Spruce-Fir latillas (peeled sticks or limbs) incorporated into an all steel welded framework, the fence preserves the natural and rustic look of the property, keeping it secure and private at the same time.

One Call Services offers lifetime guarantees on roofing, windows, fencing, and decking. Past clients include Univision and The Language Learning Center of Albuquerque. The company is also an approved vendor for CBRE.

Photo credits: www.albuquerquehomeremodeler.com

American Society of Radiologic of Technologists Debuts $8.5M Expansion

25 Jun 2013, 4:30 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists celebrated its 30th anniversary by unveiling the completion of a $8.5 million renovation of its Albuquerque office. The construction project included the addition of 30,000 square feet to the existing building. 

At an event attended by about 600 attendees, CEO Sal Martino stated that local travel agencies, printing companies, landscapers, accounting firms, as well as the University of Albuquerque and the city’s hospitals and radiology practices, have supported the institution.

The four-story renovated building now includes a video recording and editing studio designed for ASRT’ continuing education courses. More space for its growing staff is also part of the expansion.

A highlight of the renovated space was a 7,500-square-foot museum dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of this science profession. Nineteen months later, ABQ Journal reports that the museum will be 4,400 square feet, with completion date in 2015.

ASRT is the premier professional association of people working in medical imaging and radiation therapy. Its membership grew by 55 percent in the last decade, from 92,000 members to 143,000, and staff size increased by 34 percent, from 82 to 120 employees. The Albuquerque headquarter is almost four times bigger now than it was in 1983 when the organization relocated from Chicago, encompassing 80,000 square feet.

Photo credits: www.asrt.org