Strategic Operations Study Albuquerque Area New Mexico Department of Public Safety / State Police
Service: Facility Programming and Master Planning
Project Number: 21510
Completion Year: 2015
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NM DPS) contracted with Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) through the New Mexico General Services Department Facilities Management Department to conduct a Strategic Operations Study for New Mexico State Police District 5 facilities located in the Albuquerque Metro Area. The purpose of the study was to determine whether there would be sufficient benefits in consolidating NM DPS Albuquerque metro operations into a single site and proceeding with more detail planning. Goals of the planning study were to:
  • Understand existing and projected operations
  • Determine the characteristics of an ideal facility and site
  • Identify potential sites in the metro area
  • Examine the feasibility (cost/benefits) of consolidation

The study determined:

  • A consolidated facility requires about 52,700 gsf and 10-acre site to accommodate NM DPS State Police activities and projected staffing.
  • The anticipated total project cost for constructing a new consolidated District 5 office facility and acquiring land will range from $13.9 to $17.0 million.
  • The ideal consolidated site is the I-40 west area, due to its location near future development, planned new transportation linkages, the Bernalillo County Detention Center, the City’s shooting range, and Double Eagle Airport.
  • About $5 to $5.9 million of the cost is directly offset by lease payments that no longer must be paid, and potential sale or trade of the existing District 5 site. Potential operating cost benefits include improved operating performance due to more efficient and sustainable utility systems.

Consolidation offers many other qualitative benefits, the primarily potential operating efficiencies.