Rio Rancho Senior Center
NAIOP Award Winner
The City of Rio Rancho has long sought a second senior center to serve its growing aging population. Fifteen years in the making, the Broadmoor Senior Center lies below a nearby prow in the rolling hills of the high desert at the north edge of Rio Rancho. The location is actually referred to as City Center because the master plan of Rio Rancho’s master planning projects this site to be centrally located as the city continues to build. The new center is near Sandoval Regional Medical Center which provides enormous partnering opportunities for the teaching hospital to engage the senior center’s users on a regular basis.
The layout of the building was created with future expansion in mind. This first phase of construction is 7,500 square feet, but the design accounts for a future connected expansion of 25,000 square feet. Every effort was made in the design and construction to account for accessibility. All the parking is in front of the building with generous spaces and shaded walkable aisles that are not in the driving path of vehicles. The entry to the building is easily visible upon approach and once inside visitors are rewarded with expansive views eastward toward the Sandia Mountains.
The new senior center provides large open areas with classrooms, dining, games and a meeting room. The full kitchen will serve meals at the facility as well as creating meals on wheels for those seniors that are not able to travel to the new building in person.