District 5

BernCo @ Alvarado Square Expected Completion in April

01/29/2021

The Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square renovation project and the new commission chambers are expected to be completed this Spring, no later than April 9.

The main 8-story building was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2021and the new County Commission chambers by April 2021. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacted manufacturing, labor and material, causing unavoidable delays in finishing the project.   

“The pandemic has affected so many projects worldwide including Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square,” says  County Commission Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “The new completion date gives the county additional time to make the building COVID-safe for constituents and visitors.”

The county’s new headquarters is expected to open in June and will offer an improved customer service experience for the members of the public doing business with Bernalillo County.

“From the beginning, the intention of Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square was to create a customer-centered, one-stop-shop where constituents and visitors could meet with multiple county departments, all in one place,” says Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “Though the pandemic has caused some delays, the end product for our constituents and employees will be well worth the wait.”  

Some of the new services will include:

  • The Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office will be located on the first floor.
  • A customer service desk will be located near the entry and will provide services including live person check-in, directions, and general information services.
  • Computerized kiosk check-in.
  • Arranged item pick-up services (forms, documents, etc.) to ease traffic within the building and provide customers a quick ‘in & out’ experience.
  • A secondary customer service desk on the second floor to handle specialized needs.

Just over 800 employees are expected to move to Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square, which will be just shy of 300,000 square feet with the new 12,000 -  square foot commission chambers addition.

The total cost of the project is $67.3 million, which includes $55.5 million for HB Construction to renovate the main building and build new County Commission chambers – a meeting space that will also be accessible for general public use.

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