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Project Scope

The Bernalillo County Commission has awarded HB Construction of Albuquerque the design-build contract for the renovation and expansion of Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square at 415 Silver SW, future home of Bernalillo County government. HB Construction and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini architects make up the design-build team.

The total cost of the renovation is $53.7 million. This cost reflects the original contract and two subsequent owner initiated change orders. The renovation includes the remodel of the main Alvarado Square building and the construction of a new building for the County Commission chambers -- a state-of-the-art, 12,000 square foot facility adjacent to the existing eight-story building. The new structure will house a 200-seat chambers and meeting space for the community. Change Order #1 had five items including: removal of existing escalator, an employee health clinic, a gym build-out, a café space, and an area of rescue phones. Change Order #2 included an additional five items: a rooftop gathering space, reconfiguration of the customer service parking lot, an ADA parking study, replacement of exterior stucco, and additional funds for A/V allowance overages.

Bernalillo County is planning to sell some of its older buildings in preparation for the move to Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square. Relocating to a new flagship office building will avoid $22 million in renovations and selling five facilities will raise $18 million. The efficiency of moving 900 employees into one office building will also save $50,000 in utility costs each year.

The building slated for renovation was constructed in 1980 and is 282,000 square feet in size. Renovations will bring Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square center into the 21st century with a useful life of 30 years. Major renovations to the building include:

  • Major building systems replacement and improvements to include new water and sewer lines, HVAC system and controls upgrades, new electrical panels, a new generator and other items.
  • Upgrades to the IT system and construction of a new data center.
  • Installation of LED lights throughout the center.
  • Improved building security.

“The Bernalillo County Government Center’s purpose is to consolidate many of the county’s services into one flagship center where our departments can cooperate efficiently,” says County Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “The new center will provide a convenient one-stop-shop customer service experience for all county residents.”

Bernalillo County requested qualified design-build firms to submit for the renovation contract in April 2018. Two qualified teams were chosen from six firms to submit renovation proposals.

In December 2018 and January 2019, the Selection Advisory Committee met to evaluate the two proposals and concluded in favor of inviting HB Construction to enter into the final contract.

Bernalillo County offices are expected to move to Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square in spring 2021. Departments that will move to the new center include employees from the:

  • City/County Government Center at One Civic Plaza.
  • 415 Tijeras NW Office Building.
  • Rio Grande Building at 501 Tijeras NW.
  • Atrium North and Warehouse Facility 6840 Second Street NW.
  • Union Square Building 111 Union Square SE.
  • Partial Public Works Campus 2400 Broadway SE.

This summer, the Bernalillo County Housing Department will leave its current location and relocate to another county building, the Wellesley Health Center.

“Bernalillo County seeks to reduce its physical footprint by selling existing buildings whose staff will move to our new administrative headquarters,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “We’re fortunate that we already have a serious buyer for three of our facilities, and at the appropriate time, we will seek commission approval to sell those properties.”

G3 Investors is interested in purchasing the following county buildings:

  • 111 Union Square SE - $1.7 million proposed purchase price
  • 415 Tijeras NW - $640,000 proposed purchase price
  • 501 Tijeras NW - $1.9 million proposed purchase price 

The Board of County Commissioners has to approve the property sales along with the New Mexico State Board of Finance.

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    • The Bernalillo County Department of Public Works and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite the Mountain View community to two public virtual meetings on Sept. 21 and Oct. 6 to give feedback on design ideas for two sites in the neighborhood. The designs aim to: *Mitigate Urban Heat Island *Create Public Park Space & Community Amenities *Enhance Pedestrian Safety *Improve Air and Water Quality *Manage Stormwater and Flooding The project, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to support the Mountain View Community in developing its visions for renewed vitality and beautification of the community. Residents are invited to speak with landscape architects, experts in environmental restoration and redevelopment to help chart a course for improvements in Mountain View. These meetings are virtual forums to share ideas, promote discussion, and identify a vision which serves all of the Mountain View community. In order to socially distance, this event will be held via a Facebook Live event at: https://www.facebook.com/BernalilloCounty/ Para Español, 1-505-373-2994 Conference ID 601 962 956# You can provide comments at the meeting or through Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPCC2YR
      Location:
      Virtual - see link below
      Time:
      9/21/2020 6:00 PM

    • Please be advised that the Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review Board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at 9 a.m. In response to the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and ban on large public gatherings, this meeting will be conducted through Microsoft Teams. This meeting is open to the public and constituents are encouraged to participate. Dial-In: 1-505-225-7962 Conference ID: 987 870 477# See attached agenda.
      Location:
      Dial-In: 1-505-225-7962 Conference ID: 987 870 477#
      Time:
      9/22/2020 9:00 AM

    • The Bernalillo County Clerk's Office is joining with thousands of other election officials across the country to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, a civic holiday that aims to help all eligible voters participate in our democracy. The nonpartisan day of action will involve coordinated field, technology, and media efforts to register voters and raise awareness of state-specific registration policies, deadlines, and voting information.
      Location:
      Bernalillo County
      Time:
      9/22/2020 10:00 AM - 9/22/2020 2:00 PM

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