The goal for this project was to create a small-town atmosphere, one that would be inviting and uplifting, within a large facility. With a total of five neighborhoods wrapping around outdoor courtyards, the design reflects northern New Mexico architecture with colorful stucco, local stone, and metal roofs. Inside, 18-resident households feature family rooms, seating areas, and dining venues. A daylit central indoor plaza is surrounded by a chapel, wellness center, mercado, library, salon, and hearthside seating areas. The first two of three site phases are complete, and the facility now offers 108 beds in three neighborhoods. Phase III will add an additional two neighborhoods with a total of 72 beds.
This state-funded, LEED-NC Gold certified facility has been built to meet the 2030 challenge, is designed for energy efficiency, water efficiency, staffing efficiency, and resident-centered care. This new home truly represents a step forward in cultural change.
Vigil & Associates was the Architect of Record for this project.
- Insulated concrete forms
- Post-consumer recycled cotton insulation
- 21% better than ASHRAE, 57% better than US average energy use
- Rainwater collection provides 100% of irrigation needs
- 100% direct exterior access for residents
- Agrifiber doors
- 65% FSC certified wood
- Energy recovery