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Del Norte High School (revitalization) and Nex+Gen Academy

By Edith Cherry and James See – September 11, 2019

1_Del Norte HS-11 Web Cover5323 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109

Access:  Visitors must check in at the school office

The intersection of Montgomery and San Mateo Boulevards is one of the busiest in Albuquerque. Its northeast corner became the home of the first Del Norte High School, in the early 1960s. Now it houses two separate educational institutions: Nex+Gen Academy, a small community school with a capacity of 400 students that focuses on project-based learning, and Del Norte High School, a comprehensive high school for 1200 students that is organized around small learning communities.

The original campus image was that of a village of classroom clusters. The image of it as rebuilt now is that of an urban, professional campus, conveying that—with the help of 21st-century technologies—important well-crafted ideas are generated here. The shift from single-story buildings to three-story structures also allowed for a denser capacity on the same amount of land. That increase in vertical volume along with multiple phases of construction made it possible to keep the school in operation while new construction was in progress: build new buildings; relocate students into them; demolish older buildings; repeat. Over 60 percent of the original buildings were replaced.

Del Norte High School
Revitalization:  2012
Architect:  Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Contractor: seeking info*
Landscape Architect:  seeking info*

6_NexGen I (1 of 46) Web

LEED Silver, U.S. Green Building Council
Best K-12 Education Project, ENR Southwest (2012)
Eagle Award, NAIOP, Top Education Project (2012)
Large Project of the Year, NM Society of Professional Engineers, Albuquerque chapter (2012)

Original construction
Completed:  1964
Architect: W.C. Kruger
Contractor:  seeking info*

Nex+Gen Academy
Completed:  2010
Architect:  Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Contractor:  seeking info*

LEED Silver, U.S. Green Building Council
Citation Award, AIA Albuquerque (2010)
Award of Merit ENR Southwest (2011)
Best K-12 Education Project, ENR Southwest (2011)
Grand Prize Award, Learning by Design (2011)
Top Education Project Eagle Award, NAIOP New Mexico (2011)








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