January 25, 2024

The Evolution of New Mexico’s Skylines: Franken Construction’s Impactful Projects

In the heart of New Mexico, where the sun paints vibrant hues across the sky, there’s a story unfolding in the cityscape—our story. As the team behind Franken Construction, we’ve had the privilege of contributing to the evolving architectural tapestry of Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Grants, Albuquerque and beyond. In this blog post, we invite you to join us on a journey through some of our projects that have imprinted the skylines, weaving together innovation and a deep connection to the communities in which we serve.

Erin’s Place

In the bustling city of Albuquerque, amidst the challenges faced by families dealing with pediatric oncology care, Erin’s Place emerges as a beacon of solace and support. Our journey with Erin’s Place is not just about construction; it’s a story of compassion, understanding, and the desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those facing the toughest of times.

Albuquerque stands as the sole location offering pediatric oncology care in New Mexico, a fact that can be daunting for families dealing with the complexities of their child’s treatment. Erin’s Place was conceived and brought to life for the Children’s Cancer Fund, with a mission to bridge the gap for families seeking hospice care or treatment for their children in Albuquerque. Recognizing the challenges families face—both emotionally and financially—we set out to create a space that goes beyond the conventional.

Erin’s Place is not just a facility; it’s a home away from home for families navigating the challenging journey of pediatric cancer care. Comprising three housing units, complete with backyards and playgrounds, the design revolves around providing a tranquil and comforting environment.


Rodgers Hall

Rodgers Hall stands as a living testament to the rich architectural history of New Mexico. Designed by the renowned architect John Gaw Meem and completed in 1934, this Period Revival Style (Spanish Colonial) building has weathered the sands of time, evolving from its initial purpose as a library to becoming a custodian of administrative offices. As a cherished piece of history, Rodgers Hall has undergone a meticulous renovation journey, and our role in preserving its essence has been both challenging and rewarding.

Stepping into Rodgers Hall is like entering a time capsule of Spanish Colonial architecture. Designated a National Historic Place in 1988, Rodgers Hall is not merely a structure; it’s a piece of living history that demanded utmost respect during its renovation.

Adding to the historical richness of Rodgers Hall are the murals adorning its walls, crafted by the talented artist Lloyd Moylan. Preserving these murals became a focal point in our renovation journey, as we sought to maintain the authenticity and soul of Rodgers Hall.


APS Early College Academy

Education is a cornerstone of any community, and the APS Early College Academy reflects our belief in shaping the future through learning spaces. ECA is an independent, college-preparatory magnet high school affiliated with the Career Enrichment Center (CEC), dedicated to providing early college experiences.

The project began with a comprehensive renovation of the 1975 portion of the ECA building. This involved breathing new life into the existing structure, encompassing mechanical upgrades, LED lighting installations, and a refreshing update to the finishes. From the Secure Main Entry and Administration area to specialized spaces like Cosmetology and the Café, every corner was designed with functionality and inspiration in mind.



UNM New Mexico Mutual Champions Training Center

Sports have a unique power to unite communities, and the UNM New Mexico Mutual Champions Training Center is our ode to that spirit. It’s not just about constructing a facility; it’s about creating a home for dreams, victories, and the forging of lifelong connections. This state-of-the-art training facility, spanning 11,300 square feet, is a game-changer for UNM Division 1 and Olympic athletes, providing a dynamic space that goes beyond conventional training.

As it stands proudly in the South End Zone, this facility represents a commitment to excellence, innovation, and the belief that the physical space where athletes train plays a pivotal role in their success.


            UNM Mutual Champions Training Center: Explore 3d 

How We Can Help

As we reflect on our journey in shaping New Mexico’s skylines, it’s not about the structures we’ve built but the stories they hold. They are more than projects—they are chapters in our shared narrative. Moving forward, we are excited about the stories yet to be written, the communities yet to be touched, and the continued privilege of being stewards of New Mexico’s evolving skylines. With our decades of experience in building design and renovation, we are here to help with your next project. Contact Franken Construction today!