Green Buildings
Thornburg Breaks Ground on its New Green Campus

By Tom O'Connell
New Mexico Business Weekly
September 7, 2007

Thornburg Companies is breaking ground on a new headquarters in Santa Fe
that it hopes will be northern New Mexico's first LEED gold-certified
commercial building, the second-highest Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design rating. Prominent Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta
designed the complex. The 100,000-square-foot campus breaks ground on
Sept. 7, in a ceremony also acknowledging the company's 25-year history in
Santa Fe. The $40 million, 100,000-square-foot, three-building campus was
supposed to have broken ground in February. The company has spent millions
fighting lawsuits and waiting for approval from Santa Fe's Planning Department.

Builders donating Corrales house sale proceeds to nonprofits
Building collective Tres Amigos, made up of Homes by Marie, New Haven
Homes and Sun Mountain Construction, are building the Corrales Home for
Hope, whose sale proceeds they will donate to four local nonprofits.
Last week, the builders gave the public a glimpse of the $1.15 million,
3,574-square-foot work in progress at 109 Mesa Vista Road, a few miles
north of downtown Corrales.

Profits will benefit the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, Citizens for
Casa San Ysidro, Corrales Mainstreet and Friends of Corrales Community Library.

Santa Fe's Eldorado Hotel wrapping up $10.5 million refurbishing
The Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe is nearing completion of a
multimillion-dollar renovation.

The hotel, at 309 W. San Francisco St. off the historic Santa Fe Plaza,
has spent $10.5 million to upgrade its 219 guest rooms, the lobby, the
workout room and its 20,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces. It's
slated to be completed in November.

The fitness room has doubled in size, and all 12 meeting rooms now have
state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. The guest rooms are outfitted
with flat-screen HD TVs and Internet access. All renovations are in
keeping with local style and culture, and feature local art and handcrafts.

The lobby features a new front desk and bell stand created by Ernest
Thompson, custom Spanish Colonial style chandeliers and sconces, and
traditional New Mexican textile art.

The changes at the 20-year-old luxury hotel "allow guests to get a feel
for the local landscape, artistry and craftsmanship without leaving the
property," said General Manager Alfred Matter.


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