LAHS grad wins architecture award

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By Roger Snodgrass

A University of New Mexico architecture student with Los Alamos roots, has won an international student design competition.

Antonio Vigil, who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002, captured a first-place award for his vision of a recycling center for Albuquerque.

The competition was part of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Portland Cement Association’s third annual sustainable concrete student design competition.

“A recycling center is usually just a warehouse,” Vigil said in a telephone interview this week from Albuquerque. “I decided to make an icon of sustainability.”

While Albuquerque’s real recycling center is shoved out of sight on the West side of the city, Vigil wanted to bring it into the foreground.

He chose an Albuquerque landmark that once housed The Beach Waterpark, just off Interstate 25 at Montaño, at the entrance to a former Superfund site, now known as the Renaissance Industrial Park, where a number of big-box stores are now located.

In order to draw people into the area, Vigil thought of a recycling center combined with a local mercado (market) that would attract the public, but in a way that contrasted with the large wholesale and retail outlets in the area.

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