Architect Chosen to Design $8.6M Eddy County Sherrif’s Offices

Albuquerque-based Van H. Gilbert Architect PC (VHGA) has won the bid to design the new Eddy County Sheriff’s Department offices. The $8.6 million project already has most of the financing necessary fior construction. New Mexico Business Weekly quoted County Manager Allen Sartin saying that $2 million for the law enforcement complex had been set aside, and another $5 million would be allocated the next year.

Albuquerque-based Van H. Gilbert Architect PC (VHGA) has won the bid to design the new Eddy County Sheriff’s Department offices.

The $8.6 million project already has most of the financing necessary for construction. New Mexico Business Weekly quoted County Manager Allen Sartin saying that $2 million for the law enforcement complex had been set aside, and another $5 million would be allocated the next year. Allen Sartin said the outstanding $1.6 million would probably come from a budget surplus.

The architecture firm was selected to design the project in a 3-2 vote, raising a large number of protests, as the company isn’t located in Carlsbad. According to Carlsbad Current-Argus, the initial estimate to build the new sheriff’s complex is about $8 million, but Sartin pointed out to the commission that the price tag wouldn’t be firm until the project was put out for bid, and the bids were returned to the county.

VHGA has been in business for 36 years. According to their website, their portfolio includes a variety of commercial projects such as the Mack Energy Corporate Office, Mountain States Mutual Corporate Headquarters and 911 Emergency Operations Center.

Meanwhile, Albuquerque will be home to a new 20,000-square-foot biotech incubator, The BioScience Center, reports the New Mexico Business Weekly. Stuart Rose bought the building and plans to convert it into a center after implementing upgrades, including a new roof and painting. The 10-year old building, which will be leased solely by startup biotech companies, will be converted with the purpose of creating a prosperous environment for technology businesses and attracting more companies of this kind to New Mexico.

Although the purchase price was not disclosed, the Albuquerque publication reports that the property, which had been vacant for the last year, had been listed for sale by Grubb & Ellis | New Mexico at $1.65 million.

Photo rendering of 911 Emergency Operations Center, courtesy of Van H. Gilbert Architect PC

Charts courtesy of CBRE

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