When national accounting firm Moss Adams made a decision to update their workspace in Albuquerque, they selected to improve the entire floor of a high-rise, Class A office space in the city's Uptown neighborhood. The resulting 18,880-sq-ft space provides work areas for 130 employees in a floor plan designed to be open, collaborative and filled with natural light.

The design utilizes floor-to-ceiling glass walls, natural materials and a color palette in keeping with local vernacular merged with vivid accent colors. The new, open office setting offers a dramatic change that provides all staff access to daylight and views, a collaborative work space to accommodate varying work styles and a welcoming atmosphere for both guests and employees.

An uneven floor surface that varied up to 5 in. from point to point posed a major challenge because the all-glass wall construction allowed for a maximum variance of only 3 in. To solve the floor variance issue, soffits were reconstructed and new "quadrants" of glass wall construction were identified with sight lines of equivalent heights grouped together. Although this required an additional two weeks of construction time, the team incorporated a phased finish schedule within the original schedule that enabled the tenant to move in on the intended date.

Moss Adams


Key Players

General Contractor AIC General Contractors, Albuquerque

Owner/Developer Hines, Albuquerque

Structural Engineer Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Albuquerque

MEP Engineer Arsed Engineering Group LLC, Albuquerque

Subcontractors Air One Cooling and Heating, Placitas, N.M.; Ball Plumbing, Albuquerque; Cordray, Albuquerque; Artistic MillWork, Albuquerque; CEI Inc., Albuquerque; Eagle Rock, Albuquerque; Ray’s Flooring, Albuquerque; Rocket Installation, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Sound and Signal, Albuquerque; Standard Automatic Fire, Albuquerque; Summit Painting, Albuquerque; SW Glass, Albuquerque; Fairway, Albuquerque