The new 34,000 square-foot building houses the State of New Mexico’s permanent archaeological collections in two climate-controlled repositories, as well as provides offices and laboratories for the Office of Archaeological Studies (OAS). The Center is the initial building in the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Collections and Services Campus to be developed on the southwest edge of Santa Fe.
In compliance with Governor Richardson’s executive order for new state buildings, the design achieved a LEED silver rating. The pitched-roof repositories are housed in insulating-foam formed concrete walls. OAS’s archaeological specialty laboratories and offices are organized around the analytical labs that are at the heart of the office’s investigative studies. The analytical labs are lit by north facing arc-shaped light scoops.