The New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors broke ground on its new 13,000-square-foot training facility this week.
The project is being built directly behind ABC's existing training facility at 2821 Broadway Blvd. NE and will double ABC's footprint to 26,000 square feet. Albuquerque-based Klinger Constructors was selected as the project manager through a competitive bid process among ABC's contractor member base. ABC's existing training facility was built in 2009.
“This building addition is a testament to the commitment of ABC members to craft education and to improving outcomes in our community,” said Tom Novak, CEO of Klinger Constructors, in a statement.
The building will support ABC's growing apprenticeship program, which consists of seven construction trade and 150 apprentices, according to a release. The training facility will house five lab spaces designed for trade instruction and six classroom and community meeting spaces.
"This is a win for not only our members, and apprentices, but for our state," said Carla Kugler, president and CEO of the ABC New Mexico chapter, in a statement. “We are blessed to be able to provide education in so many trades under one roof. Our apprentices get an enormous benefit from learning next to classmates from other trades — an experience not many other programs in the state can offer.”
Project team: Joe Reed, Lou Henckel, and Tom Novak