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Chaparral Electric Warehouse II in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Mullen Heller Architecture
January 12th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Mullen Heller Architecture
Located in Albuquerque’s historic Sawmill District, known for its eclectic mix of industrial, manufacturing and residential uses, the new warehouse for Chaparral Electric is situated on the property between their existing offices and a residence use. The owner’s goal was to accommodate their storage needs and provide a large mezzanine-level conference room while pushing the limit on “what a warehouse” traditionally looks like.
The site was a nearly un-useable 50 x 260, with restrictive setback requirements. After being granted a variance from the setback requirements, a 40 x 200 pre-engineered metal building was sited 6 from the existing office to allow the warehouse to be constructed independently. A small “link” connects the warehouse to existing offices.
Dark brown metal panels were chosen for the warehouse skin, to appear aged and patinaed. Canted white metal panels were suspended off the building structure for a modern sculptural facade. Slots cutting through the white panels house custom LED lighting that highlights the owner’s industry. LED lighting was added to the south end of the existing stucco offices to reinforce the relationship between the buildings. A “lantern” of simple translucent metal panels anchors the south end of the warehouse.
Even for a simple warehouse, sustainability was at the forefront of most design decisions. As the site had been previously developed, the utility infrastructure was existing, which minimized site disturbance and the burden on existing utilities. Also, by being located adjacent to a City bus line, a reduction in the parking requirements was allowed thus maximizing landscaping. Highly efficient swamp coolers keep the indoor ambient temperature moderate and LED lighting, coupled with skylights and the southeast facing “lantern,” minimize the overall lighting during working hours.
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