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City Project Wins Best Buildings Award

“The Blacksmith Shop at the Yards” is the best design build project in the State of New Mexico for 2014

April 4, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – “The Blacksmith Shop at the Yards” is the best design build project in the State of New Mexico for 2014.

That’s according to the Associated General Contractors of America New Mexico Chapter. The City of Albuquerque and Bradbury Stamm Construction Inc. were recently honored with the award at the 25th annual Best Buildings Celebrations.

“The Department of Municipal Development and our contractors did a great job in overcoming several challenges in completing the project,” Mayor Berry said. “Now, we have a great new site for community events which will help promote the re-use of the Rail Yards, and re-introduce an important piece of Albuquerque’s past to the community.”

Unlike most building award contests, the Best Buildings nominees are selected by area contractors and are judged on the complexity of the construction process and challenges.

“Winning projects have to meet several criteria such as excellence in project management; contractor’s innovation in construction techniques; sensitivity to the environment, and contribution to the community,” stated Michael Riordan, Director of the Department of Municipal Development. “This is the first building the City of Albuquerque has completed using the Design-Build procurement method, and it’s great to win an award your first time out.”

The Blacksmith Shop, a 24,000 square foot brick structure, was constructed in 1916 and was the center of iron forging activities at the Rail Yards complex. The design-build project brought the building up to current safety code to allow events like farmer’s markets, concerts, and car shows. Other work included repairing the broken glass panes, renovating the parking area, addressing ADA accessibility, cleaning, painting and installing electricity and lighting to the building.