Aperture Center

This photo shows the mixed-use Aperture Center, which curves around a public park.


  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Climate Region: 2B: Hot - Dry
  • Building type(s): Park, Restaurant, Retail, Commercial office
  • New construction
  • 80,000 ft2 (7,430 m2)
  • Project scope: 3-story building
  • Urban setting
  • Completed December 2008
  • Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-CS 2.0

World-renowned architect (and New Mexico native) Antoine Predock has created a centerpiece for the Mesa del Sol community. Positioned between Mesa del Sol's first commercial and residential phases and adjacent to a two-acre civic park, the building includes Class-A office space, Class-A retail space, a restaurant, visitors' center and other retailers to support the residential and business community.

Environmental Aspects

The Mesa del Sol community was founded on principles of sustainability, so our structures adhere to strict green-building standards. The innovative Mesa del Sol Aperture Center building was designed to have maximum impact on the user with minimum impact on the environment. All of the exterior glass in the project is high-performance insulated glazing with a low-e (low-emissivity) coating to reflect heat in the summer and retain warmth in the winter. The Town Center also employs "cool roof" technology, including an additional layer of insulation and a reflective surface to reduce the building's overall solar gain. When exterior temperatures are within a comfortable range, an advanced mechanical venting system channels outside air into the building; the terrace trellis work provides cooling shade while collecting energy with discreet photovoltaic panels. The Aperture Center is water-conscious, too —- the restrooms feature low-flow fixtures, and landscaping is irrigated with reused storm water.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned and occupied by Forest City Covington, Corporation, for-profit
  • Typically occupied by 250 people, 40 hours per person per week; and 150 visitors per week, 2 hours per visitor per week
  • Expected Building Service Life: 50 years

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces:

Office (50%), Retail general (25%), Retail food (15%), Circulation (10%)

Outdoor Spaces:

Garden—decorative (60%), Drives/roadway (15%), Parking (15%), Patio/hardscape (10%)


Integrated team, Green framework, Simulation, Green specifications, Commissioning, Performance measurement and verification, Transportation benefits, Open space preservation, Stormwater management, Water harvesting, Efficient irrigation, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Graywater, Wastewater treatment, Insulation levels, Glazing, Airtightness, HVAC, Efficient lighting, On-site renewable electricity, Adaptable design, Durability, Recycled materials, Local materials, C&D waste management, Occupant recycling, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Thermal comfort, Low-emitting materials, Indoor air quality monitoring

Photo credit: Antoine Predock Architects

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