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May 16, 2017

Plans for County Buildings in Santa Fe Aired

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A joint $38 million project in the planning stages will see both the construction of a new county office complex, as well as the renovation and upgrading of an existing county building in Santa Fe.

The new structure, to go up at 100 Catron Street, will measure 73,000 square feet and will include underground parking for nearly three hundred vehicles.

Early plans for the project call for a three-story structure, with the top floor set back and a glass peak covering an atrium.

The renovation of the current, two-story historic county administration building at 102 Grant Street, will see the removal of a part of the structure that was built in the 1970s, and the creation of a small plaza area on the north side of the building.

The older structure, designed by legendary New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem, was built in the 1930s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The preliminary design for the Catron Street structure is being done by the Santa Fe-based Spears Horn Architects and has already been reviewed by members of the Santa Fe County Commission, but is subject to revision.

It was earlier estimated that work on the construction of the new county building could began later this year, with a completion date of sometime in 2019, to be followed by the restoration work on the Grant Street site. 

 

By Garry Boulard

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