Residential Complex

Owner: AMIkids Sandoval, Inc.
Architect: Rand McFarlin Architects
Project: New Construction
Contract Amount: $2,435,160
Completion Date : 03/22/2011

Mick Rich Contractors was chosen to build a residential complex for AMIkids at the Sandoval County Fairgrounds in Cuba, NM. The new complex includes educational classrooms, a vocational tech shop, and an administration building with a cafeteria. The project, comprised of five masonry and wood buildings totaling 18,000 sq. ft., had an accelerated schedule. All four buildings were completed in six months of construction.

AMIkids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a promising future to troubled youth who have been adjudicated or have failed in conventional school settings. AMIkids operates 55 schools in seven states focusing on family values, education, character building and experiential learning. This is AMIkids’ first residence in New Mexico.

Cannon AFB Aerospace
Ground Equipment Complex

Owner: Army Corps of Engineers
Architect: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Project: Pre-Engineered Metal Building/Design Build
Contract Amount: $1,916,000
Completion Date: 11/28/2006

Mick Rich Contractors was responsible for building the architectural and structural portions of this contract, and served as a subcontractor on the design build. Work consisted of the design and construction of an 18,000 sq. ft. Aerospace Ground Equipment office maintenance building with shop, covered storage, and open storage areas. Included were 24,000 sq. ft. of auxiliary structures.

The project included the support area roads, parking areas, pedestrian walkways, sidewalks, site preparation, grading, support utilities, a parking lot, entry drive, landscaping, interior finishes, and demolition of Buildings 191, 193, and 840, including asbestos removal and disposal. Support utilities included connecting to an existing oil/water separator, water, electricity, gas, sanitary and storm sewer, and communications/data cable and conduits.

Photo caption: U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Michael McCormick, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Maintenance technician, and Airman First Class Tanner Ballard, 27 SOAMXS Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice, demonstrate how to inspect an engine intake September 28, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. McCormick and Ballard hosted international students from the Philippines and Austria for Cannon’s first international class on legacy C-130 engine maintenance. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

El Zocalo Complex Historic Renovation

Owner: Sandoval County, New Mexico
Architect: James Patrick Lynch
Project: Historic Renovation
Contract Amount: $2,962,249
Completion Date: November 2007

This project covered historical restoration and renovation of two adobe buildings. The Convent, built in 1876, housed the Catholic Sisters and the cafeteria. The Salazar Building, built in 1922, served as the community school. Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties.

The project comprised stabilizing the existing structures, removing and replacing deteriorating structural elements, upgrading to meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act, providing a new roof membrane and stucco, and upgrading all mechanical and electrical systems. The renovations followed strict guidelines and standards to maintain their status on the historical registers.

Major issues with the Convent included large voids in the exterior adobe walls, decaying wood viga beams and wood decking, and interior doorways that had settled, as well a heating and cooling system and an updated electrical system. Additionally, the floor had settled a great deal in several areas, necessitating storing original brick flooring and wood doorways while remedial work was performed.

Because of the historical nature of the project, a variable refrigerant flow zoning system by Mitsubishi Electric was concealed in the walls so as not to detract from the building’s historical look. The new electrical systems were also concealed in the walls and ceilings.

The Salazar Building, one of the oldest two-story adobe buildings in the New Mexico, also endured structural damage with deterioration of a section of the adobe wall separating the second floor and roof, and deterioration and damage to the wood beams and interior services. The renovation included installing a new heating and cooling system, updating the electrical systems and an addition to house the elevator and restrooms.

The first challenge was to secure the building structurally to eliminate the chance of collapse, after which, the exterior walls were rebuilt and the roof beams replaced. The roof membrane could not be replaced until the heating and cooling system was designed and the roof trusses strengthened. The second challenge was installation of the heating and cooling ductwork and electrical systems. Damaged sections of floor and ceilings were patched with salvaged material and the walls were re-plastered, and all the windows were refinished. The masonry addition housed the restrooms and elevator.

Mick Rich Contractors has been performing historic renovation for more than 20 years, and the El Zocalo Complex Renovation and Restoration was the most challenging to date. The most challenging issue was the expectation of a renovated and restored historic building that met the budget constraints of Sandoval County. We also needed to meet the historical requirements of the State of New Mexico Historical Preservation Division while ensuring modern-day systems were added to the building. The mechanical systems were re-engineered to meet the client’s expectations to find the optimum system that would be cost effective and have minimal aesthetic impact, structurally and esthetically.

“Mick Rich did a great job on the renovation of these two historical buildings.”

Phillip Rios

Public Works Director, Sandoval County

“Mick Rich conducted a miracle…they completely restored two fragile adobe buildings to their original condition.”

Donna Wylie

Economic Development Director, Sandoval County Tourism

Your firm made all the difference in the great outcome of this project… this historic resource was saved by your timely involvement.”

Pilar M. Cannizzaro

Architectural Project Reviewer, New Mexico Historic Preservation Division

LANL FWO Building

Owner: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Architect: Carter & Burgess, Inc.
Project: Pre-Engineered Metal Building 
Contract Amount: $1,762,195 

The 20,000 sq. ft., two-story office building boasts a clean, elegant design. The building includes offices, conference rooms and employee break rooms. LANL facility construction managers occupy this new structure. The building is designed around a central courtyard and is the cornerstone building for the new TA-63 campus.

Sacred Wind Communications

Owner: Sacred Wind Communications
Architect: Jack Harris Architects, Inc.
Project: New Construction
Contract Amount: $484,425
Completion Date: May 2009

The Sacred Wind Communications complex at Yatahey, NM is a 3,400 sq. ft. wood-framed structure comprised of various office spaces. These include individual offices, a reception area, restrooms, a break room, a conference room, and several open areas for cubicles. The project also included landscaping the areas adjacent to the building and the installation of a new asphalt drive at the existing tower entrance. The contract allotted for 17 weeks for construction; but we completed the project in 12 weeks.


Owner: City of Rio Rancho
Architect: Environmental Designs Inc.
Project: Addition
Contract Amount: $1,066,881
Completion Date: November 2009

This project is a one-story, 4,415 square foot addition to the Rio Rancho, NM offices of the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority. It is primarily composed of cast-in-place concrete, ICF walls, wood framing, EIFS, TPO roofing, aluminum clad wood windows, aluminum storefronts and polished concrete floors.

Attempting a LEED-NC version 2.2 Platinum level certification, this project emphasizes sustainable building materials and methods. The project showcases an 18” rammed earth wall, as well as two 32’-long built-up parallam wood trusses. To achieve the LEED Certification, 75 percent of all waste must be recycled, 20 percent of all materials must be made of recycled content, and all paints, adhesives and composite wood items must have a low VOC content. The wood framing material was all FSC certified. Bamboo and wheat board were used in the casework to achieve the rapidly renewable materials points.

The site also features a 13,000 gallon cistern system to collect rainwater for irrigation, and a 16kw photovoltaic shade structure array provides power for the addition.