November 27, 2023|, Projects

Building the Future: Best Practices for Sustainable School Construction in Albuquerque

In the ever-evolving realm of construction, prioritizing sustainable and eco-conscious practices has become pivotal for progress. In Albuquerque, Franken Construction stands as a pioneer of innovation, exemplifying a steady commitment to sustainable school construction through its dedicated involvement with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The intricate processes of constructing, designing, and certifying a LEED building warrant a seamless fusion of forward-thinking technology, intelligent design, and sustainable construction practices. Franken Construction has steadily embraced this challenge, championing environmentally friendly business approaches and actively contributing to the global sustainable design and construction community’s growth.

Leading the Way

One of Franken Construction’s key offerings is LEED construction administration. This specialized service caters to clients seeking certification from the United States Green Building Council. It ensures that every construction facet aligns meticulously with stringent sustainability criteria. This certification stands as a universally recognized testament to sustainability achievements, supported by a robust community driving a transformative market shift. Beyond mere structures, it’s about sculpting legacies that resonate with our planet’s needs.

Driving Sustainable Construction

Our portfolio stands as a testament to our dedication to sustainable construction. For instance, the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration Building in Las Vegas represents a pioneering sustainable endeavor, showcasing our commitment to pushing boundaries and redefining possibilities in sustainable construction.

Our impact extends further as we proudly hold the distinction of being the first General Contractor to achieve LEED Certification for a residential dormitory in New Mexico. These milestones underscore our unwavering commitment to lead by example, demonstrating the seamless integration of sustainable practices into diverse construction projects.

New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration Building, LEED Gold Certified


Paving the Way

Franken supports sustainable initiatives through pre-construction activities and partnering with design firms and clients to identify sustainable materials and methods of construction that work for their projects. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies, eco-friendly materials, and energy-efficient systems, we’re not just building schools; we’re cultivating environments that nurture learning while respecting our planet’s resources.

Promoting Healthy Indoor Environments

Central to sustainable construction is prioritizing the health and well-being of students and staff. Through LEED, we focus on crafting indoor environments that promote well-being with indoor air quality control.

Water Conservation Strategies

In a region where water conservation is paramount, implementing strategies like rainwater harvesting, low-flow fixtures, and xeriscaping is crucial to minimize water usage in school buildings and their surroundings. These practices not only reduce water bills but also educate students on responsible resource management.

New Mexico Highlands University Trolley Barn, LEED Silver Certified


Integration of Renewable Energy

Incorporating renewable energy sources, like solar or wind power, is integral to sustainable school construction. Harnessing New Mexico’s abundant sunlight to power schools through rooftop solar panels and innovative wind energy capture designs not only slashes operational costs but also fosters environmental responsibility.

Energy-Efficient Design and Materials

Integrating passive design elements such as optimal orientation, natural lighting, and strategic shading, can reduce reliance on artificial lighting and HVAC systems. Furthermore, employing eco-friendly materials, such as recycled steel or locally sourced lumber, minimizes the project’s carbon footprint..

New Mexico Highlands University Trolley Barn, LEED Silver Certified


Get in Touch with Franken Construction Today

Our commitment to sustainable school construction transcends mere structures; it’s an investment in the future. As cities across New Mexico progress towards a greener future, these best practices serve as a blueprint for sustainable school construction, setting the standard for educational institutions to follow.

Contact us, today! Let’s create a brighter, greener future together.