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Rio Rancho Public Schools

Vista Grande Elementary School

Rio Rancho, NM


Vigil & Associates designed a new classroom addition, a kindergarten classroom addition, and new music, art, and computer lab to the existing Vista Grande Elementary. The additions were designed to fit seamlessly into the campus matching existing finishes and massing. Initially the project was envisioned as a single addition, but site constraints required adding several additions throughout instead. By separating the additions, a balance between cutting into the existing hillside and filling in the steep downhill slopes was achieved.

The 12 classrooms have new fire sprinkler systems, as well as HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems designed to meet Energy Star standards. The new high efficiency HVAC system is designed to work with the district’s energy monitory program. All glazing is Low E and wall construction is designed to meet higher energy conservation standards.

The 4 kindergarten room addition contains built-in classroom furnishings at younger child heights and a restroom for each classroom. Also included is a new kindergarten playground / patio. The third addition is the music / art / computer lab located at the center of the school where the special use programs spaces can be easily accessed by the whole school. Site work included relocation of existing portables, new retaining walls, sidewalks and fencing as well as extensive grading for better storm water management. A key component to the storm water management systems is an underground storm drainage system and cistern to collect storm water from the new and existing roof for reuse in designated landscape areas.

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