D/P/S provides comprehensive architecture, interiors,
planning, structural engineering and landscape architecture
services to a variety of public and private clients. With
decades of experience, our ﬁrm has successfully completed
thousands of projects from multi-family housing to high-
With ofﬁces in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Amarillo,
Texas; a diverse staff of licensed and progressive professionals and the latest
available in technology, D/P/S is able to meet the speciﬁc needs of each of
Our clients dream of functional, beautiful buildings. Our passion is to help
our clients realize those dreams. Every project is a new opportunity to surpass
expectations, respond to new technologies and create functional, comfortable
and stimulating places that work. With a strong, client-focused commitment,
the ﬁrm’s multi-disciplinary, rational approach results in a constant search for
design excellence. We organize and focus our entire team’s efforts to design
are functionally based & user-driven;
respond to current and future technologies;
strive to meet the highest standards of craftsmanship, code compliance and
are appropriate in image to time, place and function;
and most importantly, meet our client’s budget and schedule.
D/P/S uses a multidisciplinary approach to architecture and design. We never
compromise our clients’ needs for our design aesthetic; instead, our architects,
landscape architects, interior designers and engineers work as a team with our
clients to ﬁnd great design solutions. And we don’t stop there. We roll up our
sleeves during bidding, construction, the warranty period and beyond, engaged
in every step, from the ﬁrst drawing to the last drop of paint. Excellent design
solutions can only provide value if they are built and maintained as envisioned.
excellence in the entire Southwest Region.
D/P/S provides specialty design services for a variety of
commercial projects. The ﬁrm has purposely staffed the
company with professionals having commercial projects
experience in markets throughout the southwest, as well
as major markets elsewhere in the United States.
This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions
that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A
well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients as they respond to their
competitors. This is true whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers
or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.
We understand time is money to our clients and, therefore, regularly work on a
fast-track basis to complete projects. This translates to real savings to the owner
in terms of interest and carrying costs. We consult with the client early in the
project to determine the best method of procuring the construction services.
Over 50% of the commercial projects completed are some method of expedited
construction such as design-build, negotiated with a single general contractor,
guaranteed maximum price or invited bid to selected general contractors. In Specific Project Types
many of these cases, multiple drawing/permit packages are issued by D/P/S to
expedite the construction.
Clients of D/P/S include real estate professionals, corporations, developers,
ﬁnancial institutions, contractors and business owners. We belong to
numerous industry-related organizations and support research activities of such
organizations to stay abreast of current trends in the market, as well as forecasts
for future trends. This knowledge is of beneﬁt not only to our ﬁrm, but also to
the clients who hire us.
Special consideration is given during the design phase of all commercial projects
to the future tenant improvements that will occur in the building. The ﬁrm’s in-
house interior design and space planning group is engaged early in the conceptual
design phase to insure that leasing depths, window placement and spacing, ceiling
heights, building technology and security are all designed to respond to the latest
trends and tenant requirements. We believe that our buildings must not only
look good and be responsive to the market on the day they open, but also for
years to come. This includes both the building’s exterior as well as its interior.
DP/S provides specialty design and planning services
for a variety of public clients. The ﬁrm has purposely
staffed the company with professionals having “hands
on” experience with government projects throughout
the southwest, including personnel who have project
experience while serving in the public sector.
Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that
draw upon “lessons learned” from the various government agencies served. It
also allows us to develop innovative solutions while at the same time satisfying
the varying regulatory requirements and constraints of the agencies.
We realize that more than ever quality is what sets a project apart and makes it
successful. Quality must be designed into the project from the beginning. A
well-designed building or renovation project allows our public clients to respond
to tight budgets, schedules and regulatory and mission constraints.
We understand that in the public sector, facility dollars are difﬁcult to come by
and that, when funds are obtained, they are often accompanied by tight budgets
and schedule constraints including, often time, the need to obligate funds within
a speciﬁc time period.
By understanding the various missions, facility procedures and procurement
practices of our public clients, we are able to respond in a timely and quality
fashion. We structure design packages with options that satisfy both mission and
facility requirements and obtain the best value for the dollars available. Over
60% of our government projects are accomplished under “on call” or “indeﬁnite
quantity/indeﬁnite delivery” contracts and range from minor restroom
renovations to the planning and design of major laboratory or mission support
facilities. Major facilities have also been planned and designed using both the
traditional design/bid approach and the innovative design/build approaches.
Public clients include federal, state and local government agencies and quasi-
public agencies such as Sandia National Laboratories. Related clients also
include military-industrial complex contractors who perform mission support
for various public entities.
Special consideration is given during the design phase of all government
projects to providing maximum ﬂexibility for future re-conﬁguration or reuse
of the facility. We believe our buildings must not only be completely technically
responsive to mission function, but must also be user friendly and aesthetically
pleasing both in the building’s exterior, as well as the interior.
WHAT IS LEED?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building
rating system developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC is
a national, non-proﬁt organization consisting of members such as architecture and
engineering ﬁrms, contractors, manufacturers and building owners. USGBC was
formed in 1993, and the ﬁrst LEED rating system was released in 1998. LEED
began as a single-rating system known as LEED for New Construction and Major
Renovations (LEED-NC). LEED offers third-party certiﬁcation of a project’s
sustainable characteristics based on a review of project documentation. LEED
certiﬁcation is required for many city, state, and federal projects and is considered
by many private developers and institutions to carry a marketing beneﬁt.
USGBC has since created a few other LEED rating systems for speciﬁc project
types, including LEED for Core and Shell (LEED-CS), LEED for Commercial
Interiors (LEED-CI), LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB), LEED for
Schools (LEED-S), and LEED for Homes (LEED-H). The original version,
LEED-NC, remains the most widely used system and has been periodically
updated to incorporate new reference standards or minor changes to the
Jefferson Green, D/P/S’s new ofﬁce building, achieved LEED Gold certiﬁcation
under LEED-CS for the building core and shell and site features. It is also
pursuing LEED Silver under LEED-CI for one of the tenant spaces. LEED-CS
was developed to address the scope of speculative core and shell development,
where the owner/developer does not control tenant build-out for items such as
interior ﬁnishes and lighting. The requirements for each credit are limited to
the scope of the project, and credits can be accomplished through incorporation
in the shell construction or through lease requirements. Tenants can choose to
pursue a LEED-CI certiﬁcation on their TI build-out, but are not required to.
Each of the LEED rating systems are organized into six categories
which contain credits and prerequisites. A project must achieve all
prerequisites in order to attain any level of LEED certiﬁcation.
For LEED-NC and LEED-CS the prerequisites include:
Construction Activity and Pollution Prevention
Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Systems
Minimum Energy Performance
Fundamental Refrigerant Management
Storage and Collection of Recyclables
Minimum IAQ Performance
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
LEED PROJECT DESIGN
D/P/S has extensive experience in the design of LEED buildings and is committed
to incorporating appropriate sustainable strategies into our projects. Although
sustainable design has recently become a popular national trend, our ﬁrm has
embraced this concept for many years as responsible design professionals. We
have realized energy efﬁcient projects for our unique climate by using common
sense approaches to building siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration,
building mass, appropriate mechanical systems, and the use of building materials
readily available in our region.
D/P/S has become increasingly involved in LEED-based projects in the past
few years. We have been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the
organization that created LEED, since 2001. We have designed many projects
that have achieved or are pursuing LEED certiﬁcation, and several other projects
that were designed to LEED standards but are not pursuing formal certiﬁcation.
These include educational, commercial, residential, and civic projects designed
using the LEED-NC, LEED-CS, and LEED-CI rating systems.
In addition, D/P/S has more LEED Accredited Professionals on staff than any
other ﬁrm in New Mexico. We currently have 20 LEED Accredited Professionals.
Through our internal training program, we have trained over 100 staff members in
both the fundamentals of LEED and our own method for successfully managing
Led by LEED Accredited Professionals, our internal design review process
ensures that relevant sustainable design issues are considered at each phase of the
design process. We strive to create facilities that operate efﬁciently to minimize
operating costs, save water and energy, and provide a healthy, comfortable
atmosphere for employees and visitors. We place each environmental issue in its
proper perspective. As the design progresses, we introduce comparative analyses
of alternative systems to identify options that best meet both the client’s needs
and LEED requirements. Our LEED experts incorporate LEED requirements
into the construction speciﬁcations and review submittals and applications for
payment to ensure that LEED requirements are met.
D/P/S has the knowledge base and proven experience to address fundamental
sustainable issues during initial concept development, analyze and develop these
strategies throughout design to meet LEED requirements and the owner’s
needs, and manage implementation during construction to ensure that LEED
goals are attained.
DALE DEKKER, AIA, AICP
As an original founder of D/P/S, Dale has over 30 years EDUCATION
experience as a registered architect and planner. His
extensive experience includes high tech, one-of-a-kind
research facilities for Sandia National Laboratory, award PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
winning school designs for Albuquerque Public Schools,
and socially responsible designs of assisted living facilities
for the elderly.
Raised in Albuquerque, Dale has developed an extensive network of individuals
and companies that are routinely brought together to assist our clients in creating
successful projects. A recent example of Dale’s efforts is the nationally recognized
renovation and adaptive reuse of the Old Albuquerque High School, near
downtown Albuquerque. This project “saved” one of the more architecturally
signiﬁcant and loved structures in our community for future generations, through
a complex private-public partnership.
Dale also is very involved in enhancing the quality of life in our community by
participating as a volunteer on a variety of boards and commissions. Dale serves on
the executive board of the Economic Forum, the boards of the NextGen Economy,
the Albuquerque Economic Development (AED), the National Board of Directors
for the National Association of Industrial and Ofﬁce Park developers (NAIOP)
and was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to the Construction Industries
Commission and the Governor’s Education Progress Agenda Task Force.
As an experienced architect and planner, Dale is committed to building a better
state and community.
Historic Albuquerque High School
WILLIAM Q. SABATINI, AIA, ACHA
With over 30 years of experience, Bill serves as the lead EDUCATION
Design Principal for D/P/S where his primary role is to
manage project teams to achieve design excellence.
A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, his decision to pursue a Master of Architecture
at the University of New Mexico brought him to the west in 1972. After a rich PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
learning experience as an intern in New Mexico, Bill got his start as a design
team leader in 1978 on high-proﬁle public projects in Las Vegas, Nevada, and
later in Kansas City, Missouri for large, multi-disciplined design ﬁrms. With
assignments as the lead design architect on high proﬁle, public and private
projects, he perfected a disciplined, rational design process that is particularly
applicable to complex and programmatically challenging facilities.
Bill has completed numerous higher education projects including student centers,
libraries, student housing, teaching facilities and research laboratories. He has
also completed successful health care projects involving complex, multi-user
functional challenges. With his home in Albuquerque, Bill currently leads the
ﬁrm’s efforts in corporate administrative facilities, higher education, and health
care. His leadership has helped earn the ﬁrm a strong reputation for design
excellence in the entire Southwest Region.
New Mexico Junior College Western Heritage Center
ANDREA MAYHEW HANSON, AIA, CID
With over 25 years of experience, Andrea Hanson EDUCATION
serves as the Principal-in-Charge of D/P/S’s Interior
Andrea’s passion for design began when she decided to pursue a degree in
architecture at Tulane University in the late 1970’s. While completing her degree,
Andrea became very interested in architecture as well as interior design. She was
fascinated with the relationship between the two disciplines and how together PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
they could be used to create successful design solutions. Now, as both a registered
architect and a licensed interior designer, Andrea is extremely experienced at
using a collaborative design process to create truly creative spaces.
Andrea’s professional experience covers a broad range of project types, including
commercial, retail, healthcare, and higher education. She is an integral part of
every design team, ensuring a cohesive and collaborative design process between
the exterior and interior design teams. It is her responsibility to ensure projects
meet the speciﬁc needs of each client. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Andrea is a registered architect in Louisiana and California, and a licensed
interior designer in New Mexico and Nevada. She is certiﬁed by the National
Council for Interior Design Qualiﬁcation and is a member of both the American
Institute of Architects and the International Facility Management Association.
Her creative approach has contributed to the ﬁrm’s regional reputation for
excellence in interior architecture.
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education
STEVEN J. PERICH, AIA
Steve serves as the Managing Partner for D/P/S. As such, EDUCATION
his primary role is to ensure the ﬁrm’s resources are fully
committed and properly applied, so that the ﬁrm may
follow its stated philosophy of “solving clients’ problems PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
by providing outstanding service and innovative design.”
Steve maintains an awareness of projects in the ofﬁce and throughout the project
process. He coordinates with project managers, making sure key personnel are
working extensively with each client to establish the project’s quality, schedule
and budget expectations. Steve constantly evaluates and implements procedures
for quality assurance and training to keep D/P/S personnel, services and product
delivery among the best in the industry. Steve’s focus and personal commitment
to maintaining superior personnel and processes are responsible for the ﬁrm’s
ability to retain excellent staff, deliver a quality product, consistently exceed
client expectations and keep the ﬁrm at the forefront of leading design ﬁrms in
the United States.
CHRISTOPHER R. GUNNING, AIA
As Principal-in-Charge of the commercial group at D/P/S’s EDUCATION
Albuquerque ofﬁce, Chris participates in a variety of project
His project experience with other ﬁrms includes military and governmental, PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
medical research, secondary and post-secondary educational and distribution/
warehouse facilities. With over 20 years of experience, Chris brings an extensive
amount of design knowledge to the D/P/S commercial group.
Control Committee, Albuquerque, NM
Jefferson Green @ Journal Center
D/P/S designed a classic mixed-use city neighborhood that will be “dropped”
into a vacant 20-acre brownﬁeld site between two retail malls in the city’s
Uptown area. Known as ABQ Uptown, the development will have the texture
and density of downtown, melding lifestyle, 220,000sf of retail, 265 units of
multifamily housing, ofﬁces, entertainment, restaurants, a hotel, and a corner
grocery store located nearby with convenient on-street parking.
ABQ Uptown will enjoy a deﬁnite sense of place, utilizing a regional
architectural motif. Regional materials and colors will provide the unifying
element to which a broad palette of ﬁeld and accent colors will be applied.
Street landscaping, plazas, fountains, outdoor dining areas residential
courtyards and portals will be used to reinforce the urban fabric.
This urban inﬁll project will accommodate residents and be pedestrian
friendly for patrons and visitors. Apartments and ofﬁces will be located above
retail outlets as well as in on-ground courtyard buildings situated on the
periphery. In addition to convenient on-street parking, parking structures
will be wrapped inside buildings. Articulated and deﬁned areas will bring
prominence to the ground level retail. Restaurants will be mixed throughout
the development with a combination of national and local operators.
The impetus for the development was a sector plan adopted by the city of
Albuquerque that required construction on the site to be high density. The
full build out plan for ABQ Uptown represents a density of 1.33 FAR (ﬂoor
area ratio), equivalent to urban downtown areas. Phase I construction for
ABQ Uptown began in March of 2005. The project was completed in Fall
The Hunt Development group has also secured an additional 11 acres
immediately across Indian School road bordering the south edge of this
property. D/P/S’ planning and conceptual design is underway for a hotel
and an entertainment complex that will connect at grade and pedestrian
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Having sat vacant for ﬁve years, this 300,000sf manufacturing plant and
the 50 acres of land surrounding it was considered an eye sore by the City
of Albuquerque. AGB Albuquerque LLC viewed the property as a prime
piece of real estate and purchased the property. AGB then hired D/P/S to
reposition the property and create a redevelopment vision for Albuquerque’s
fastest growing area. Together AGB and D/P/S created a redevelopment
masterplan that offered the Albuquerque area a high-end mixed-use ofﬁce
The idea was to convert the existing manufacturing plan into much needed
large tenant ofﬁce suites (available contiguously for up to 125,000sf) and
divide the large site into individual parcels that would be designed for ofﬁce,
retail, restaurant, hotel and bank uses. The redevelopment masterplan
received approval from the City and the property was subdivided into 15
separate parcels that range in size from 1.15 acres to 19 acres. All of the
parcels were sold and developed and 100% of the ofﬁce space in the renovated
manufacturing plant has been leased.
This project presented several challenges to our design team. The project
involved the design and implementation of a subdivision masterplan in order
to create a Business Park, as well as renovate a pre-existing manufacturing
building. In order to energize the park and provide access to each of the
parcels, the small cafeteria/kitchen portion of the existing manufacturing
building was demolished to create two separate buildings, a 250,000sf single-
story building and a 48,000sf two-story building. Both of the buildings were
given a complete face lift. Portions of the masonry and brick exterior walls
were removed and replaced with expansive aluminum and glass curtain walls
and storefront. New custom painted steel sunshades and light standard
elements were added to provide shading from the harsh New Mexico sun.
Portions of the exterior wall along each side of the one-story building were
removed. The roof structures were left exposed to create “V-shaped” tenant
entries and to reduce the visual length of the facades. The corners of each
building were reconstructed to create contemporary entry lobbies and a
strong visual identity
Location: Albuquerque, NM
TRICORE REFERENCE LABORATORIES
A reference laboratory is responsible for analyzing biological samples at
a physician’s request within 24 hours. TriCore is the 15th such lab to be
built in the United States. TriCore was founded in 1998 by combining the
laboratory operations of University of New Mexico, Presbyterian and St.
Vincent hospitals. Because of tight site restrictions, the 90,000sf facility is
organized as a three-story scheme and allows for future expansion in the
lower-level parking area without increasing the overall ﬂoor print. The
design for the new facility is centered on a diagonal circulation street,
with laboratory functions on one side and administration on the other. As
the laboratory’s needs change in the future, the facility’s design allows for
ﬂexibility and growth by allowing reorganization of the functions, utilities
and process ﬂows.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD NEW MEXICO
In collaboration with ZPD+A architects out of Chicago, D/P/S designed
this 115,000sf headquarters building that is focused on the long term needs
of the company. With sustainable principles to save energy and the desire
to provide highly efﬁcient and healthy work space for the recruitment and
retention of its employees, this facility provides a highly visible corporate
identity to BlueCross BlueShield in New Mexico. The ground ﬂoor of the
facility includes a 200 seat food service area and a variety of meeting facilities
for training and video conferencing. Natural day lighting, the use of non
toxic and renewable materials, and the provision of clean air are among the
strategies implemented in the design. Flexibility of ofﬁce layouts, and power
and data distribution systems were among the major functional considerations
for the facility. With security of staff and information important to BCBS,
the facility has one controlled entrance at the main lobby.
A facility focused on the future, characterized by strong identity, the provision
of state of the art work space and support, and sustainable design strategies,
this facility is an important role model for new commercial ofﬁce buildings.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
DISTRIBUTED INFORMATION SYSTEMS LABORATORY
The Distributed Information Systems Laboratory (DISL) is a state-of-the-
art ofﬁce, engineering and computer visualization facility located at Sandia
National Laboratories in Livermore, California (SNL/CA). The purpose
of DISL is to develop and implement distributed information systems
for our country’s defense programs. DISL will bring together new technologies
in secure networking, high performance distributed computing,
visualization and collaboration technologies and design, engineering and
The design of DISL was driven by strict criteria including high security,
ﬂexible work environments, collaborative environments, and sustainability.
Located in the center of the SNL/CA Livermore campus, the facility provides
a town center for the entire SNL campus, utilizing plazas and open spaces
to promote interaction and collaboration of the scientists and information
technology specialists who work at the site and its surrounding facilities.
Special attention was paid to security and access control to the facility,
while maintaining a friendly, open appearance to university and industry
collaborators who will frequently access the unsecured portions of the facility.
Ofﬁce concepts were utilized that promote teaming and collaboration for
engineers and information technologists. Video conferencing facilities are
spread throughout the facility to afford interaction with other engineers at
Sustainable design features are prominently featured in the architectural
design of DISL. Orientation of the building was established in order to
maximize opportunities for natural day lighting. The building is designed
to be certiﬁed by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) program and is a demonstration facility
showcasing the federal government’s commitment to sustainable design
principles and energy efﬁciency.
This building demonstrates a responsible use of public funds to provide
functional work space for an important public mission while also presenting
an image appropriate to the site and the building’s purpose.
Location: Livermore, CA
BURLINGTON RESOURCES OFFICE BUILDING
The completion of this new ﬁeld headquarters ofﬁce building for the San
Juan division of Burlington Resources provided state-of-the-art workspace
on four levels, totaling over 110,000sf.
Burlington recognized the need for a headquarters that provides the people
of their organization a facility that helps them work better -- more effectively,
more efﬁciently and more comfortably. To meet the unique demands of
the project, D/P/S and its multidisciplined team were hired to provide
comprehensive services, including facility programming, architecture
and engineering, interior design, space planning and complete furniture
The design of the project was developed from the inside out, where detailed
functional requirements for each department dictated the internal layout of
the facility and the resulting exterior image and form. Casual meeting areas
were located at key vertical and horizontal intersections within the building.
The ofﬁce space was organized around a central four-story atrium, providing
visibility from ﬂoor to ﬂoor and the opportunity for more frequent chance
meetings, thereby encouraging interaction among employees. A variety of
new spaces were devised, including a combination of closed, private spaces
with open, shared “teaming” space.
The exterior envelope of the building responds to the microclimate and the
speciﬁc site. Excellent views were provided while mitigating the negative
inﬂuences of harsh, hot sun and strong winds. The main public entrance is
oriented to the east on the ground ﬂoor while the ﬁeld employee entrance is
on level two, taking advantage of the sloping site. The exterior appearance
of the building, utilizing a combination of a mostly transparent glass curtain
wall system and an opaque synthetic stucco wall system, provides a fresh,
contemporary expression appropriate to a progressive, high technology
company such as Burlington Resources.
Location: Farmington, NM
JEFFERSON GREEN @ THE JOURNAL CENTER
This building achieved LEED Gold certiﬁcation under LEED for Core
and Shell (LEED-CS) and is anticipating another Gold certiﬁcation under
LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).
Features that contributed to energy and water efﬁciency include a high
performance façade, a high-emissivity roof, a highly efﬁcient mechanical
system, energy efﬁcient lighting and appliances, operable windows, low-
ﬂow plumbing ﬁxtures, and use of nonpotable water for irrigation. Product
selections emphasized the use of recycled content and regionally fabricated
materials, and a comprehensive construction waste recycling program
diverted almost 4,000 tons of waste from landﬁlls. Over the course of design
and construction, LEED goals and requirements were at the forefront of
many design decisions.
The exterior design blends local traditions with high-tech performance by
combining a thick stucco wall perforated by deeply recessed windows with
a sleek curtain wall system, and varying the glazing and shading strategies
according to the orientation of each façade. The high performance glazing is
shaded by integral external horizontal shades to balance daylight penetration
with energy efﬁciency. The reﬂective, high-emissivity roof membrane
helps reduce cooling load. A direct-indirect evaporative cooling system
provides efﬁcient operation and an option for “free” cooling using outside
air. The underﬂoor air system saves energy, provides ﬂexibility for future
layout changes, and distributes air to diffusers near each occupant to allow
individual temperature control. Operable windows provide additional fresh
air and individual control over the environment.
Plumbing ﬁxtures use 30% less water than typical while allowing for ease of
use and maintenance. The site was designed to maintain the existing mature
trees to the south of the building, and direct run off to the planted areas
to promote natural water harvesting and reduce irrigation requirements.
The new xeric landscaping throughout the site is designed to use less water
than a conventional landscape, and all landscape irrigation is provided by
the city’s industrial wastewater line to conserve the city’s supply of potable
water. Exterior light ﬁxtures were designed to minimize light pollution and
its effects on night sky access and nocturnal habitats.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
MARIPOSA OFFICE BUILDING
High Desert Development commissioned D/P/S to design a “21st Century
New Mexico landmark” to establish design guidelines for the town center
of their new Mariposa community under development on 4000 virgin acres
northwest of Albuquerque. Simple form, a response to the site by optimal
solar orientation, shading and views, natural day lighting and contrast of
materials provides a fresh interpretation of the New Mexico vernacular and
a strong sense of place, rooted in Anasazi tradition.
Location: Rio Rancho, NM
YATES PETROLEUM OFFICE BUILDING
It’s not every day that we get an opportunity to restore some ﬂavor to small
Artesia, New Mexico, a small town of 12,000 residents located in Southeastern
New Mexico, needed a little luster to bring life back to its historic Main
Street. Through the design of the Yates Petroleum Corporation headquarters
expansion, we accomplished just that: a state-of-the-art corporate
ofﬁce building sensitive to its urban context and providing a catalyst for
Yates Petroleum Corporation, a successful family business headquartered in
Artesia since 1907, has contributed positively to the town’s economic well-
being. When the company outgrew its outdated facilities, civic pride and a
passion for preservation convinced them to expand the company’s corporate
headquarters to an adjacent site on Main Street. This move augmented
efforts already undertaken by the community to revitalize “Main Street
Artesia.” Successful efforts to raise funds for the project from federal and
private sources brought dramatic changes to Artesia in the form of new
street paving, curbs and sidewalks, lighting, parking and street landscaping.
But the completion of the block-long, 95,000sf, three-story headquarters
addition resulted in the total transformation of a previously dated and tired
streetscape to one truly representative of the vibrant spirit of this hard-
The new main entrance, visible from Main Street, is a three-story entry
rotunda featuring a glazed stairway, elevator and conference spaces. The
rotunda functions as a hub from which visitors can easily access various
functions, and connects with two enclosed sky bridges for easy passage
to other buildings of the Yates complex. The steel structure of the entry
rotunda, visible through its glass skin, subtly references an oil derrick.
The interior of the building combines drama with efﬁciency. The building is
enhanced by simple and ﬂexible ofﬁce ﬂoor plates, a centralized main break
room, meeting rooms, library spaces, a computer center and a ﬂexible data
and communications infrastructure.
Location: Artesia, NM
UNNLV - SCIENCE, ENGINEERING
& TECHNOLOGY BUILDING
Future growth and economic diversiﬁcation in southern Nevada will
place increasing demands on the engineering and science colleges at
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. To meet these needs, UNLV has
acquired approval for a new academic research building, an interactive
environment in which collaborative research in science and engineering
will be conducted. The project includes a utility/infrastructure upgrade
to ease current demands as well as to accommodate the needs of the
The Science and Engineering Building will facilitate increased disciplinary
interaction, enable better space allocation management and provide efﬁcient
facilities. The proposed facility will create spaces that are less deﬁned by
discipline, are more versatile and encourage interaction.
The building must have multiple-scope facilities that encourage the
unencumbered exchange of ideas. These facilities will range from Internet-
based teleconferencing centers, with at least one large, fully instrumented
conference room, to smaller spaces where a handful of faculty and students
can gather to share the progress of their work.
Because the future of science and engineering research is unpredictable, the
research building will be equipped with dynamically allocated space. Space
must be easily convertible from one use to another, so that today’s “wet” lab
can seamlessly and economically become a “dry” lab tomorrow. Large, ﬁxed
elements and their pipes and ducts will be placed along the exterior walls or
interior corridors, with sinks and hoods in the corners and all other parts of
the laboratory remaining open. Movable furniture, benches that are suitable
for group work, and ubiquitous power and data outlets will help create a space
that can easily be adapted for a diversity of research topics.
The campus will be greatly enhanced by the new building, which will serve
as an icon for science and engineering. A combination of open architecture,
meeting facilities, large public spaces and display areas will provide a showcase
for activities in science and engineering.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
UNM - HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER,
CANCER RESEARCH CENTER
As one of six major projects completed by our ﬁrm on the University of New
Mexico Health Sciences Center campus, this four-story facility was designed
to augment the growing cancer treatment program at the hospital through
expanded research activities. Housing epidemiology and biomedical research
facilities, the concrete frame structure contains three ﬂoors of laboratory
space, one ﬂoor of epidemiology program research ofﬁces and a basement
for mechanical space and freezer specimen storage. The consolidation of
collaborating members of research programs simpliﬁes coordination of
activities. Conference spaces and meeting rooms have been provided on
every ﬂoor to enhance formal and informal communication.
The building is designed with separation of laboratory mechanical and
electrical systems and meets strict vibration control standards. It is
equipped with efﬁcient, well-organized laboratory environments designed
to the highest performance standards. The laboratories were designed
on a standard lab planning module to allow maximum ﬂexibility, including
the ability to change sizes and conﬁgurations as researchers change
Designed to complement the modern forms of the existing medical complex
buildings, the building is attached via a new weather-protected bridge to the
existing Biomedical Research Facility.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
UNMHSC - DOMENICI CENTER FOR
HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION
The design for the Education Building at the University of New Mexico
Health Sciences Center is about interaction and collaboration between
students, faculty and the public.
To encourage collaborative, multidisciplinary medical education, the program
of this facility utilizes two key strategies. The ﬁrst blurs the traditional
boundaries of three groups—the colleges of nursing, pharmacy and
medicine—who will share the same space to implement a multidisciplinary
approach to effect a collaborative learning environment. The second strategy
accommodates the most specialized of the building’s spaces, the Clinical
Performance Center, where students learn to diagnose and treat illnesses
through simulated patients, virtual reality teaching spaces and interactive
mannequin simulations. Closely resembling actual treatment facilities,
these simulation environments are also offered to the off-campus medical
community for continuing education.
The Clinical Performance Center, its main entrance from an outdoor
courtyard created to provide an outdoor space for studying and student
interaction, is located on the ground ﬂoor to provide ease of access and to
allow for future expansion. The one-story base of the Clinical Performance
Center visually anchors the building to the site and provides a transition
of scale from the neighboring low-rise single-family residences to the east.
Similarly, the larger lecture spaces are located on the ground ﬂoor around
the courtyard, providing easy access for large groups and allowing the court
to serve as prefunction space. The other classrooms are located in a two-level
block above the one-story Clinical Performance Center, serving as a link to
the main lobby along the primary pedestrian entry. Excellent mountain views
to the east reinforce wayﬁnding within the building.
In addition to its internal functional requirements, the building is site-speciﬁc
in its organization and image. The multifunctional program is reﬂected in a
building that is not centered around itself, but gathers its spaces together
around outdoor activities as a collaborative gesture to its campus context. In
this way the spirit of interaction, part of the building’s conception, becomes
reality in its design.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
UNR CENTER FOR MOLECULAR MEDICINE
D/P/S is currently developing the Facilities Program and Micro-Masterplan
for the new UNR Center for Molecular Medicine.
The Facility will be located on the campus of the University of Nevada,
Reno adjacent to the University of Nevada School of Medicine complex
at the north end of the campus. The facility will be designed to a $62.5
million dollar construction budget excluding FF&E and will provide
approximately 105,000sf of research laboratory, vivarium and clinical space
for the University and its private partners, The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Center of Excellence, Red Labs and the Nevada Cancer Institute. The
project is interdisciplinary in nature and will incorporate the fundamentals of
sustainability and energy efﬁciency. The project will be capable of achieving
LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver
Certiﬁcation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and meet the
criteria set forth by Labs21.
Location: Reno, NV
3.5 METER TELESCOPE
KIRTLAND STARFIRE OPTICAL RANGE
This project at Kirtland Air Force Base entailed the design of a 3.5M
telescope protected by a collapsible dome and base enclosure, an earth
sheltered optical laboratory, an entry complex and a 3,500sf mechanical
plant. The ﬁfth largest telescope in the world, this 3.5M facility is a New
Mexico architectural archetype, sustained by our clear and expansive sky,
military resources and rugged landscape.
The facility design, in addition to meeting extensive functional requirements,
necessitated complete interfacing of engineering requirements and the
supporting architecture. Our challenge was to explore opportunities for
architectural expression to convey the evocative power of the technology
simply and elegantly.
All building structural systems were isolated from the telescope
base to eliminate vibration disturbance. Rock anchors extending
40 feet into the granite outcropping permit the telescope enclosure
incremental adjustment, effectively increasing the mass of the telescope
and decreasing the natural frequency at which it vibrates. Seismic
isolation tables placed below optical equipment further stabilize the
Due to the great deal of heat generated by the facility, a 3,500sf mechanical
plant is situated 1,500 feet down wind of the telescopes and incorporates
a 70,000 cu. ft. ice storage tank to provide cooling to the laboratory
equipment and telescope mirrors. Utilities and an exhaust duct for the 3.5M
telescope lie in a conditioned concrete chase connecting SOR and the
The 24,000sf earth sheltered laboratory facility provides “clean room”
optical laboratories to support atmospheric compensation experiments,
the focus of operations at SOR. Earth sheltering, reﬂective materials with
low emissivity and HEPA-ﬁltered laminar ﬂow air supply air system reduce
thermal interference between facility buildings and the telescopes.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT,
TRAINING & REHABILITATION OFFICE BUILDING
This two-story, 60,000sf ofﬁce building for the State of Nevada Department
of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, is designed to bring together
several departments that are scattered throughout Las Vegas in various
facilities and provide for anticipated future growth. The facility features
private and open ofﬁce landscape environments for administrative ofﬁces,
a central computer center, an employee food service area, and a records
In addition to the detailed performance requirements of the owner, the building
is designed to meet LEED Silver Certiﬁcation. Strategies include natural day-
lighting throughout, drought tolerant landscaping and water harvesting, and
energy conservation through the innovative use of underﬂoor HVAC supply.
The building is sited to capitalize on the magniﬁcent views to the east and
takes advantage of the slope of the site providing entry for the public on a
secure lower level and separate entry for the staff on the upper level.
Located in an established, older neighborhood, other State of Nevada
facilities adjoin the site as well as a public school and residences. The
DETR site development will provide various desert demonstration gardens
with walking paths open to the DETR employees, surrounding residents,
and fellow State employees to become a connection between the State, its
neighbors, and the community.
The ﬂoor plans, site design, and overall building form for this project were
generated by an adherence to sustainable design strategies Even with these
strict parameters, the exterior design provides a welcoming, aesthetically
pleasing, strong public image for this important public service. The building
looks like it belongs in the Nevada desert.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
MESA DEL SOL
Mesa del Sol is a development concept for the city’s south mesa—a place
where residents will live, learn, work and play in an environment that will
set the standard for New Urbanism developments in North America. The
12,900 acre area of land will be a place where history and tradition meet
the 21st Century. Combining job creation and sustainable urban community
planning, Mesa del Sol will reﬂect a balance of environmental resources,
economic objectives and social amenities in a community that is forward-
looking with a highly-deﬁned sense of place.
To create this sense of place, certain New Urbanism concepts will be
incorporated throughout Mesa del Sol. There will be an emphasis on ways
to maximize walking, bicycling and transit use, thus reducing the need for
private automobiles. There will be a commitment to conserve natural areas
and connections between them, in order to maintain viable habitat for native
plants and animals. Buildings will be designed to minimize energy use,
including water conservation.
Upon completion, Mesa del Sol will feature an employment center with high
paying jobs, community centers, village centers, an urban retail center and a
variety of open space areas with parks and walking trails. Mesa del Sol will be
a true live, learn, work and play community and a public/private partnership
from its funding and design to its actual construction.
D/P/S is supporting Calthorpe and Associates as the local planner, and is
providing guidance on site planning, entitlements, landscape architecture
and architecture. We are currently in design on the ﬁrst employment center
buildings for the development.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
SANDIA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PARK
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS BUILDING
This three-story ofﬁce building is located at the Sandia Science & Technology
Park. Its tenant is the Cooperative Monitoring Center from Sandia National
The Cooperative Monitoring Center monitors the movement of
nuclear material around the world and deals with other arms control and
nonproliferation issues. The mission of the center requires that the building
be accessible by the public; yet provide external and internal security.
The exterior of the building has a contemporary design that uses regional
materials and colors. The building footprint, exterior window placement and
HVAC system are designed for maximum ﬂexibility for current and future
The building includes conferencing centers and a major display and exhibit
area for the public to view nuclear tools and products. Light laboratories
allow internal development of techniques to monitor nuclear programs.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
SANDIA SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PARK
EMCORE FIBER OPTICS
This facility, located in the Sandia Science & Technology Park, master planned
by D/P/S, houses 150 employees for a high technology manufacturer of
microlasers for low earth orbit satellites. Designed to be built in phases, Phase
I comprised 50,000sf, including Class 1000 and Class 100 cleanrooms and
ofﬁce space. Phase II comprised another 20,000sf plus tenant improvements
to 23,000sf of Phase I. Phase III comprised 67,300sf.
The primary challenges were centered around the need to complete the facility
under a very aggressive schedule and within a construction budget not to
exceed $42 million. The owner’s schedule was driven by the market demand
for products developed and manufactured at this facility. Market conditions
dictated a start date of December 1997 for design and an occupancy date of
October 1998 for the facility--only 10 months for the entire process!
To meet the aggressive schedule, a complete design/build team was formed
at the outset and criteria for the facility, including a projected schedule,
were established in meetings with the owner, design/build team and city
ofﬁcials. The site zoning required the preparation of a submittal to the City
Environmental Planning Commission and approval of a Site Development
Plan by the Development Review Board. Approvals from the State
Environmental Health Agencies for use of toxic and explosive materials at the
facility were also required. The City Building Permit Division and Planning
Departments were kept updated on the status of the project to promote
smooth, on-time inspections and approvals. The building was completed on
time for the owner’s occupancy in September, 1998.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
SENNHEISER OFFICE WAREHOUSE
Sennheiser opened its ﬁrst United States plant in Albuquerque. The
Albuquerque plant will manufacture printed circuit boards for use
in their products and will assemble wireless headphones and digital
This new 48,000sf manufacturing and assembly facility is located south of the
intersection of I-25 and Alameda. Due to the extremely fast track delivery
schedule (85-days), this Design/Build project required close coordination
with the City of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department,
Planning Department and Building Department. The fast track schedule
was agreed upon by all parties involved which inﬂuenced Sennheiser to
locate its business in Albuquerque. In addition, the project required City
approval of Industrial Revenue Bonds. The building is very functional, and
it was delivered on time and within budget.
This is a single story, job-cast tilt-up concrete wall and steel structure
building. Reid & Associates was the Design/Build contractor.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
BUILDING 700, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
The Building 700 Addition added 7900 square feet of high-bay lab space and
5700 square feet of ofﬁces to the existing building 700. The lab space was
built as a vault type room (VTR). The ofﬁce spaces were richly appointed and
feature a translucent panel clerestory to bring daylight throughout the space.
Some of the interior ﬁnishes were carried into the existing building to help
knit the two together. Ofﬁces were designed to be ﬂexible as they were to
accommodate varying combinations of managers, staff and tech personnel.
Forces that shaped this addition included the desire to match the exterior
of the existing building and constraints on the footprint from site utilities.
We continued the use of split-faced gray with red scoria CMU at the ofﬁce’s
exterior walls and CMU high-bay walls with a “crown” of EIFS encircling
the top 10 feet. We continued the color coat of EIFS on to the existing
building to unify the appearance. All existing exterior metal was painted to
match the new thermal aluminum windows of the addition. The checker
plate accent panels were painted to blend with the EIFS.
Architectural challenges included maintaining design ﬂexibility and
incorporating daylight harvesting. The translucent panel clerestory and half-
light doors ensured the ofﬁce area would be ﬂooded with light. Daylight
sensors were installed on the clerestory ﬁxtures to ensure consistent light
levels on overcast days. The half-light doors have ﬂuted glass to maintain
privacy while allowing light to pass through. We developed a module based
on the special needs of the Sandia employee and provide ofﬁce areas that
could conform to a multitude of conﬁgurations. This enabled us to provide
the user with ﬂexible spaces.
Changes in scope which affected the budget and estimate included additional
electrical and communications site work. MEP changes, due to cost cutting
measures by SNL, removed the relocation or purchase of lab equipment
from this package to become a “future” item. Work had been done to include
hookups and other ﬁxtures, but drawings were not reworked to include this.
The north end mechanical room was to be extended. Architecturally we
studied forms and joining curved radii masonry walls of varying heights into
a cohesive element that looked as if it were always there. The electrical site
work affected civil site work which affected architectural hardscapes such as
sidewalks and landscaping and irrigation.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
NEUTRON GENERATOR FACILITY
A Conceptual Design Study (CDS) was performed to relocate the existing
Neutron Generator Assembly (NGA) operations from Building 870 to
Building 857 at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The CDS was
performed to support the increase in production requirements at SNL
associated with a Department of Energy directive schedule. The new
schedule called for neutron generator production rates that are considerably
higher than the capacity currently designed for in existing Building 870. As a
result of the successful CDS, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini performed Title I and
Title II services as part of a Congressional line item project entitled Rapid
Reactivation. This design entailed:
current Building 857 to the north, including appropriate site improvements.
The new building addition provides additional laboratory space to relocate
all of the NGA operations from Building 870. The addition also includes
ofﬁces, rest rooms and a break room. The project design included the
integration and installation of both new and relocated technical equipment
and associated personnel from Building 870. The addition is one story
and is integrated with the surrounding manufacturing district architectural
features. Disruptions or outages to critical operations in Building 857 were
Building 870 after the new addition is complete and ready for occupancy.
This will include developing a list of all equipment to be moved and minimum
Design included all of the building systems needed to support the Building
857 addition, including space planning layouts, civil, structural, architectural,
mechanical, controls and electrical systems addressing power, lighting,
communications and special systems. Architectural compatibility with the
SNL campus and the surrounding buildings was a prime consideration.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARK
D/P/S provided on-call master planning services to the University of New
Mexico Science and Technology Corporation for its Science and Technology
Park. The ﬁrm explored the conceptual time horizons and the conceptual
estimated costs, including on- and off-site infrastructure, of developing
tracts for research and development, technology companies and technology
transfer incubators. Properties were examined for research and development
users or for high technology or light manufacturing tenants.
D/P/S helped the university anticipate both the “fast track” approval and
development schedule most many high-technology clients require. In
addition, infrastructure improvements, zone changes and strategies for
approval by government agencies, such as the Environmental Planning
Commission (EPC), were outlined for the university.
Location: Albuquerque, NM