The prestigious Best Buildings Awards, sponsored by the American General Contractors (AGC) of America, recently announced its 2014 AGC New Mexico’s Best Buildings Awards 2014, which included the University of New Mexico’s Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB) in the $5 million to $10 million category.

The Best Buildings Awards ceremony honors the best in commercial construction and is attended by the industry’s top construction professionals, public and private owners, dignitaries and business community leaders. The awards are more than recognition of design aesthetics, the winning projects were judged by accomplished peers who look deeper into the construction management challenges, expertise of crafts and sustainability of a project.

“These winning companies exemplify outstanding construction management and specialty work, which embrace the latest emerging trends in project delivery and technology,” said Rick Murphy, 2014 AGC president.

The CTL building was modeled in part after a 54-seat, learning studio pilot project at Dane Smith Hall that opened in the spring 2012. It includes six, 9-seat tables, each equipped with three, secured notebook-PC computers with a standard UNM IT software image and enhanced Wi-Fi access, a centrally-located teacher station with CPU, two projection screens and LCD projectors to maximize viewing from all seats and whiteboards on all walls to accommodate student work for discussion.

The CTLB also provides one classroom, affectionately referred to as the “Sandbox,” that is outfitted with additional technology infrastructure to allow teachers to experiment with new technologies, both software and hardware. A café, integrated in the first floor gathering area to foster student and faculty collaboration, is also part of the amenities.

This year, 12 impressive projects and 43 specialty craft member companies, were celebrated. In addition to the CTLB recognition, the building’s architect, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, was named Outstanding Architectural Firm, Industries Best Choice.