♪[intro music] The Imperial Building
is a catalyst in downtown Albuquerque. It has six active levels including an underground
parking garage, grocery store and retail spaces, three levels of
affordable apartments, housing amenities, and a rooftop terrace. The purpose of the project
from the start was to get a grocery store, and so the success of the
project first and foremost is ending the food desert in downtown Albuquerque and providing the
neighborhood itself and the surrounding
neighborhoods with more direct access to
healthy foods. The site where the
building is located had many uses in previous lives. There was a gas station
at one point where there was underground
storage tanks, and the geotechnical report
suggested that we excavate 15 feet, and we decided that digging a hole to fill it up was an awful expensive proposition, and so we decided to incorporate an underground parking basement
into the project. We took tax payer resources, an old dusty lot that wasn’t
doing anybody any good, and now we have an enormous, an enormously important project that has catalytic components for downtown revitalization. You know, downtown urban revitalization
development is pretty difficult to do, and so it takes a special cast of players to make that happen, both from the private and
public sectors. Our experience is in retail, and we really needed YES Housing to execute the affordable
housing side of this project. We care about developing quality affordable housing for
underserved communities. That’s our mission. Our mission is to develop
communities. ♪[background music] [Hannah]: The building is really
primarily focused on environmental sustainability and bringing human health and
wellness into that community. In order to actually
achieve that, we collaborated with a lot of
key consultants, our in-house
landscape architects, and our interior designers. [Hannah]: We were able to use really durable interior
finishes, and also, we were able to really focus on the building envelope, the HVAC systems, the appliances, and all the lighting on
the project, and make sure that they’re really
energy efficient. And then, on top of all of that, we were really able to focus on water conservation efforts, and this is actually what made
the rooftop garden possible. We have a rooftop garden and
deck where our residents can enjoy the beautiful scenes from that height in downtown
Albuquerque. [Hannah]: Residents can grow
their own fruits, vegetables,
and herbs. It’s a place for them to come
together as a community, which is really awesome. And they can relax,
maybe read a book, hang out, spend time with
family and friends, and actually pick their
own food. The added benefit is really that the water used to irrigate
the rooftop, and even all the other
landscaping on-site, comes from a 25,000-gallon
cistern. And that cistern is actually
part of the entire storm water management
system. We’re really able to collect
every bit of water possible on this project and re-use it. Having a great team of folks
and minds together at the same
table made this feasible. We had a high degree of
confidence that we had a very
good design and building team and developer team with
YES Housing and Paul and David Silverman. [David]: We’ve had a great
relationship with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini over the course of the past 20 —
25 years here in Albuquerque. Large firm with expertise in the
different product types, both residential and retail. They really helped us achieve what we needed to with the project for it to be a success design wise and operationally. [Chris]: D/P/S has been one of our biggest architectural
company to work with over our history. The other part of it was Jaynes. We needed somebody that knew
how to build this complex a structure. You don’t see a lot of projects
that have that many different
structural components to it. Certainly with the processes
that we have in place at Jaynes, we felt like we could handle
all of the transitions from the CMU, to the concrete, to the structural steel,
to the wood frame. Projects like this don’t happen
unless there is a team that
works together. The way this team reacted to the
daily challenges of a project, I think it’s really a highlight. [Dale]: We’re trying to create
communities where people experience a quality of life around an urban environment. And that really is providing all of the amenities of daily
living that you need so that you don’t need your
automobile. There’s not only places to shop
for groceries, there’s great places to eat, wonderful local food, wonderful local drinks, convenient places to park
your bike, and even better, a wonderful
destination to walk to. I’m encouraged with what
we’ve all done at the
Imperial Building because it’s a model for what
can help to rebuild downtown. It’s gonna be a game-changer
for downtown. It’s part of a larger
overarching vision to redevelop our downtown area, and it’s coming at the
right time. And it’s gonna bode well for
our future.