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We'd like to congratulate HB Construction, who received accolades at the ABC NM Excellence in Construction Awards, in a ceremony that honored the state’s top construction projects in 2020.
HB Construction, the General Contractor for the De Anza, won an Eagle Award for its work on the redevelopment of the property.
"This project transformed the abandoned former De Anza Motor Lodge, a Route 66 landmark in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill District, into a modern, multi-use property that pays homage to the building’s rich history. The site now features an apartment complex styled to resemble the original motel, an iconic 1939 structure that served as a crossroads for tourism, art, and indigenous culture. The project illustrates what can happen when the desire for bold revitalization is matched with respect and recognition of what came before.
After multiple rounds of proposals to renovate the property, the building was bought from the city under an agreement dictating renovation and use. Local developer Jim Trump led the effort to design, renovate, and rebuild the property.
Building finishes included a mix of modern materials, nods to historic motor lodge style, actual salvaged material, and local art. This rich tapestry of historic and location-specific elements includes:
- Preservation and protection of Zuni Basement Murals by Zuni artist Tony Edaakie
- Reused Zuni stone that was hand-mined from the Zuni Pueblo and displayed in the original building
- Concrete slab courtyard featuring a map of New Mexico.
- Historic photographic wall coverings completed by Century Sign Builders.
- Metal screening and stucco joint details feature De Anza’s “A” iconography.
- Commissioned painting by artist BC Nowlin.
- Spanish peach trees situated around based on the same types of trees the Zuni Pueblo would raise."