Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation

Albuquerque, NM
United States
Project Size: 
4.4 acres
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Project overview: 

The Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation in Albuquerque, New Mexico reconnects an existing site to place through an evocative, sustainable design. Led by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the multi-disciplinary team proposed a design that re-imagined and re-purposed existing site elements with sustainable strategies to create an exemplary landscape rooted within its context. Deriving patterns from regional and site history, the project creates a bold landscape and dignified setting for court operations while enhancing efficiency and sustainable operations through improved water management, decreased energy use, and increased urban habitat. Through the conceptual design process, a new story for the site was woven through art, ecology, engineering, and cultural history, achieved with key improvements in five areas: water, material re-use, energy, habitat, and culture. The result deftly balances security and public access to integrate the Federal Government into the local community while greatly improving the efficiency and economic viability of the site.

photo by: Robert Reck

Project Team
  • Rios Clementi Hale Studios – Lead Landscape Architect: Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA; Samantha Harris, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP; Mike Tramutola, RLA; Brent Jacobsen, RLA, ASLA
  • General Services Administration – Client: Leslie Shepherd, FAIA; Christian Gabriel, RLA, ASLA; Tim Wideman, Senior PM; Stuart Blakely, Property Manager; Christoper Adams, Operations Manager; Sam Lopez, Supervisory PM; Steve Kline, AIA; Keven Myles, PM, Sustainability Coordinator; Carrie Haman, CO
  • United States District Courts – Tenant: Scott Ferguson, Facilities Supervisor; Lydia Piper, PM AIC – General Contractor; Tiffany Gaede; John Monteverdi; Lindsay Wright
  • The Hilltop – Landscape Contractor: Aaron Forrester
  • Consultant Team: Biohabitats – Civil, Water Reclamantion, Plumbing; Erin English, PE, LEED AP; Justin Lyon, PE, LEED AP, CGBP; Ryan Case Nicole Stern, RLA, LEED AP
  • Surroundings – Local Landscape Architect/irrigation design: Faith Okuma, AICP, LEED Ap, RLA
  • Arborist: Bryan Suhr, Master Arborist
  • KPFF – Strucutral: Benjamin Segura, PE; Kent Kaewwaen, PE
  • SGH – Waterproofing: Amy Hackney, PE, LEED AP BD+C
  • Syska Hennesy – Electrical: Alireza Hadian; Alan Ayap
  • KGM – Lighting: Mike Gehring, FAIA, IALD; Kris Sandheinrich, LC
  • Positive Energy – PV design: John Bro