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Chama Valley Independent Schools

Escalante Mid-High School

Tierra Amarilla, NM


This project incorporated a small existing school into the construction of a new mid-high school for the Chama Valley. A new commons area/cafeteria uses high ceilings, a full wall of windows, and exposed trusses to create a dramatic multi-purpose space for the relatively small school. Clerestory windows running the length of the corridors bring light into the depths of the building. A significant challenge was coordinating all demolition and new construction work in a way that allowed the school to remain operable throughout all phases of construction. Despite the challenges, we worked very closely with the school administration and the contractor to ensure the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

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