The re-opening of Coronado School posed unique historical and functional design challenges. This downtown Albuquerque school has undergone several renovations since it was originally built in 1937. In 2007, Albuquerque Public Schools decided to re-open the elementary school for the growing urban population.The original building is on the State Register of Cultural Properties and needed to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Additionally, the school did not have a gymnasium or media center, and the 1970’s cafeteria was outdated. The key to success was balancing a historically sensitive solution and meeting current safety codes, energy codes and accessibility requirements on a tight urban site.
We implemented a three component solution: historic renovation of the 1937 Main Building back into classrooms, a gut-rehab of the 1970’s cafeteria into a new Media Center, and a new Cafeteria/Gymnasium.
Main Building: Restoration of original finishes and the addition of energy-efficient back-up windows created a warm and inviting learning atmosphere.
Media Center: A new, insulated façade transformed the old cafeteria from an eyesore to a building that ties into the site and surrounding neighborhood.
Cafeteria/Gymnasium: Exterior detailing references the historic main building, while the interior meets modern food service and physical education standards. The two spaces connect, allowing for school-wide assemblies.
- 2010, NM Heritage Preservation Award
- 2010, Best Of for Renovation/Restoration, SW Contractor
- 2010, Award of Excellence for Education Building—Primary Schools, NAIOP
- 2009, Citation Award, AIA Albuquerque