Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: New Mexico School for the Deaf, Dillon Hall Historic Renovation, Santa Fe, N.M.

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The smooth corners of the stucco system were refurbished, in accordance with the Pueblo-Revival Santa Fe style.

Built in 1936, this historic 35,000-sq-ft building serves a nearly 100-year-old campus for deaf students. The renovation corrected deficiencies to life safety and accessibility, enhanced energy efficiency and improved acoustic performance. Smart boards and other technology help bring the facility's academics into the 21st century. In respecting the historical aesthetic of the Pueblo-Revival Santa Fe style, the smooth corners of the stucco system were refurbished. To retain the look of the original exterior windows, double-pane storm windows were added on the interior side. The original boiler flue was repurposed with a four-pipe hydronic mechanical system that utilizes energy-efficient fan coil units, helping the project pursue LEED-Gold certification.

Key Players

Contractor: Star Construction, Inc., Albuquerque

Owner: New Mexico School for the Deaf, Santa Fe, N.M.

Architect: Studio Southwest Architects, Albuquerque

Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves, Albuquerque

Civil Engineer: Santa Fe Engineering Consultants, Santa Fe, N.M.

MEP: ArSed Engineering Group, Albuquerque; Peak Power Engineering, Santa Fe, N.M.

Submitted by Studio Southwest Architects