University of New Mexico Castetter Hall Biology Building

Albuquerque, NM

Castetter Hall Phase II is a 22,562 sf classroom and lab building for the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. The primary focus of the building is education and research for the University’s Biology Department. It houses research laboratories, offices and lab support spaces within a three-story building. The new building ties the existing Castetter Hall, a historic John Gaw Meem project built in 1952. It is a modern interpretation of the Gaw Meem style yet respectful to the older building’s historic context. Located at the Yale Mall, a prominent campus pedestrian intersection, FBT worked closely with the University’s design review board to create the modern Gaw Meem expression and new identity for the Biology department.

Certified LEED Silver, this project incorporates many sustainable features including: state-of-the-art mechanical and lighting control systems, creative water harvesting techniques, and high performance fenestration systems. Even though the site conditions dictated a very tight infill solution, the team was successful in providing views and daylight to most of the regularly occupied spaces.