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Contact Name:New Mexico State Parks
Mailing address: 1220 So. St. Francis Drive
 Santa Fe, NM 87504
 United States
Structure Location: Sumner Lake State Park Visitor Center, HC 64, Box125
 Fort Sumner, NM 88119
 United States

Type of Structure: Non-Loadbearing visditor center at a state park
interior size: 1000 sq ft
exterior size: 1300 sq ft
Number of stories: 1
Built primarily by: professional tradespeople/builder used
Building Code Jurisdiction: NMIBC
County: de Baca

Open to drop-in visitors.
Architect/Designer:Robert Vadurro, Park Architect, NM State Parks
 1220 So. St. Francis Drive
 Santa Fe, NM 87504
 United States

Builder:Longhorn Construction
 9208 Lomas Lane
 Albuquerque, NM 87111
 United States

Begin Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Completion/Occupancy Date: Monday, February 7, 2005

Foundations and Floor: turned down/ thickened slab using Rastra forms for perimeter. Colored con. slab finished floor
Exterior Finish:
    Cement Plaster
Interior Finish:
Were the bales pinned?:
    internal pinning, rebar
Bale type:
Bale dimensions: 14 inches X 18 inches X 36 inches
Number of bales used: 800
Straw type(s) used:
Bale Orientation:
    Strings up (flat)

Unique features: NM Code requires roof structure other than bales- used steel stud frame on Rastra turned down slab footing- good for electrical/plumbing/drywall. Standard construction practices used wherever possible

Problems encountered: My design had complicated geometry to respond to site conditions. all else went fairly well.

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