This building was built in the early 1970's and is approximately 14,000 sq. ft. Currently, it's ugly, but well maintained. The roof and the stucco are about 7 years old. Our overall budget for a re-facade of the exterior is $20,000 - $30,000 USD. We have attached a mood board as file "Exterior0Inspiration.pdf", which contains some design elements that we find appealing. Please don't feel restricted by the ideas in the mood board, but rather think of it as a point of departure. We're open to any of the following (and more) provided that we can stay within budget.
1. Repainting the exterior:
We have lots of flexibility on the color choice; multiple colors might help to break up the silhouette of the building.
2. Adding accent materials:
Cedar and stone are two materials that we like a lot. No need to restrict yourself to them though.
3. Repainting or replacing the awnings:
Note that our existing awnings can be painted to have a bare / oxidized aluminum look.
4. A raised facade is the goal. We favor designs that use lower cost materials, fewer materials, and require less detail work.
The address of the property is 9401 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque New Mexico 87114 USA. You can get a better perspective of the building as well as surrounding properties through Google Maps.
We want to update the facade of this building so that we can lease the vacant side to two new tenants.
Comfort Dental is the existing tenant who has the majority of the building (7,000 sq. ft.). The other 7,000 sq. ft. will be split equally between two tenants. One will have an entrance where the big green awning is. The other will have an entrance on the center "seam" of the building, right between the dentists and the green awning (see image Exterior85.jpg) where the chimney is positioned.
The challenges we face are:
1. The building currently has a low-profile and doesn't necessarily stand out from the
street. All of the buildings around it are set closer to the street and are much taller looking.
2. The awnings are not held up by frames; the roof is actually angled to support them. Therefore we feel that it is too costly to replace the awnings, rather we should look to refurbish, repaint, or build around them.
3. The pillars between the awnings are skinnier than what you typically see and they also jut out further. Their distance from the wall is 32 inches and their width is 13 inches.
4. The existing columns would be tough to get rid of; we're happy to augment or embellish them though.
This building is located in New Mexico in the Southwestern portion of the US. The design does not need to be Southwestern by any means, but its important to understand the building's context.
We also need a color scheme that is neutral enough to accommodate the colors of three different tenants, but we are not averse to the use of rich color.
The most important thing to us is a design that will have a big impact, but still stay within the budget.