Mesa del Sol

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Mesa del Sol
Subdivision of Albuquerque
Aerial view of the Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aerial view of the Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Country United States
City Albuquerque, New Mexico
 • Councilor Isaac Benton

Coordinates: 34°59′N 106°38′W / 34.99°N 106.63°W / 34.99; -106.63 Mesa del Sol (Spanish for "mesa (table) of the sun") is a currently under construction 16,000-acre (65 km2) mixed-use master planned community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]


Mesa Del Sol is located approximately 6 miles southeast of downtown Albuquerque. It is bounded by the Albuquerque International Sunport along the northwestern edge, Kirtland Air Force Base on the north and east sides, the Isleta Reservation to the south, and Interstate 25 to the west.


Mesa del Sol was approved as part of a public-private partnership strategy with the State of New Mexico, City of Albuquerque and University of New Mexico and has been planning stages since the 1980s. In 2002, the New Mexico State Land Office selected Forest City as the developer of Mesa del Sol in an open bid process and the project broke ground in 2005 with University Boulevard extended to the community. Forest City Enterprises and Covington Capital Partners were the initial developers.[2][3]

On March 17, 2011, Forest City announced that on March 28 it would break ground on the first phase of its residential development. Forest City plans to build 250 homes and models in the first phase, including infrastructure, and has selected four home builders including Rachel Matthew Homes, RayLee Homes, Paul Allen Homes and Pulte Homes.[4] Builders estimate by early 2012, homes will be available for residents. The homes will range from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet (110 to 250 m2) in size and will cost between $100,000 and $300,000.[5]


Mesa del Sol would be built over 40 years and would cover 9,000 acres of the 12,900-acre site. The remaining 3,200 acres is proposed for parks and open space. Overall, the project is expected to house 100,000 people, with a downtown area, 37,500 homes, 18,000,000 square feet (1,700,000 m2) of office space, 4,400 acres (18 km2) for residential and supporting retail, 800 acres (3.2 km2) for schools including university branches.[6] The master plan also includes at least one (and possibly two) new interchanges providing access to Interstate 25, that would be financed as part of the development. It is unclear at this time if Mesa Del Sol will be annexed into the City of Albuquerque or incorporated into its own city when it is fully built.

Aperture Center[edit]

Architect and New Mexico native Antoine Predock designed the Aperture Center building which opened in late 2008 as the centerpiece of Mesa del Sol. It is a LEED-certified environmentally friendly building clad in a glass curtain wall inspired by the shape of bone cells. The $11 million town center building has retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor and offices above.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chamberlain, Lisa (September 26, 2007). "Planned City Rises Within a City". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2007. 
  2. ^ Domrzalksi, Dennis (May 8, 2002). "Mesa del Sol developer chosen". New Mexico Business Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2002. 
  3. ^ Ginsberg, Steve (June 12, 2009). "Forest City eyes 2010 Mesa del Sol housing start". New Mexico Business Weekly. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ Domrzalksi, Dennis (March 17, 2011). "Mesa del Sol gets ready to build houses". New Mexico Business Weekly. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ Master planned development to have homes by 2012
  6. ^ Metcalf, Richard (March 1, 2008). "Mesa del Sol Reshapes Region". Retrieved Mar 1, 2008. 
  7. ^ Illia, Tony (May 2008). "Mesa Del Sol Town Center: Ceramic Frit Does Double Duty". Architectural Record. 
  8. ^ "Aperture Center". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 

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