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  • Milagro at Los Luceros New Multipurpose Room

    Alcalde, NM
    General Contractor and Builder, Construction of a new multipurpose room at Milagro at Los Luceros

    Los Luceros is an historic 148 acre property, with extensive orchards and Rio Grande river frontage, owned by the State of New Mexico and overseen by the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Sponsored and supported jointly by the State of New Mexico, (Robert) Redford Enterprises, and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Milagro program is a film and media initiative aimed at facilitating the exchange of ideas between the mainstream film industry and under-represented populations, in particular, youth, Hispanics and Native Americans.  It also aims to foster understanding and forge partnerships among the film industry and local residents while nurturing the ecology and history of the Los Luceros facility.  The overall scope of work at Los Luceros included a commercial kitchen addition, a new shower house, modification of numerous historic residences, the new Multipurpose Room and associated portal, and extensive landscaping in the newly created Plazuela.  Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), awarding the various sub-projects to five qualified contractors distributed the funding and work opportunities to a wider population as well as accelerating the schedule because all 5 projects were underway simultaneously.  Wayne Rutherford General Contractor, Inc., was awarded the construction of  a new building called the Multipurpose Room.

    This facility is a spacious, well lit, acoustically balanced room for meetings, lectures, dancing, dining and presentations.  It also serves as a film screening facility until the planned, purpose-built screening room is constructed in a later phase.  As such, sound and light considerations were of significant importance.  The Multipurpose Room also includes a sizable storage room that outfitted to serve as a projection booth. An existing enramada (pole shade structure) was relocated to the north side of the new building and will shelter participants attending outdoor screenings projected on the north wall.

    The portal immediately adjacent and connected to WRGC’s Multipurpose Room was built by Cerro Azul Construction.  Portions of the new building were literally constructed around the portal posts and pre-pinned footings, and stucco work had to be carefully scheduled with Cerro Azul to ensure both the Multipurpose Room and portal met specifications and quality standards.  Overall, at times the five general contractors working at Los Luceros had to leapfrog their deliveries within the confined staging area and along the small rural access roads; and many stages of the work had to be coordinated between neighboring companies’ crews.  Complicated and challenging, for sure, but the results speak for themselves.  The following photos show the finished product.  A true success!

    Front exterior of the new Multipurpose Room with portal

    Left front view with the portal

    Finished interior view of Multipurpose Room - note sound control "clouds" installed in ceiling - projection room space behind door at far end of room

    Right side exterior showing front/portal at left and reconstructed enramada on the right