Meet Carlos Flores: Rachel Matthew Homes Consultant

Rachel Matthew Homes Sales Consultant Carlos Flores

Rachel Matthew Homes Sales Consultant Carlos Flores

HOW TO REACH CARLOS:

Email: carlos@rachelmatthew.com
Mobile 505-306-6118
Address: 5732 Witkin St. SE 
Albuquerque, NM 87106

FUN FACTS ABOUT CARLOS:

Q -”If you could be any sea creature what would you be?”
A – Octopus
Q – “What was the last song you listened to?”
A – “The Dance” by Garth Brooks
Q – “What is your sales philosophy?”
A – “I believe in getting people the information they need to insure happiness.”

 

Meet Renee Capenos: Twilight Homes Consultant

Twilight Homes Sales Consultant Renee Capenos

Twilight Homes Sales Consultant Renee Capenos

HOW TO REACH RENEE:

Email: rcapenos@twilighthomesnm.com
Phone 505-508-4846

Mobile 505-385-9285
Address: 5743 University West Blvd. 
Albuquerque, NM 87106

FUN FACTS ABOUT RENEE:

Q -”If you could be any sea creature what would you be?”
A – Angel Fish
Q – “What was the last song you listened to?”
A – “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
Q – “What is your sales philosophy?”
A – “To be respectful, honest and really listen to their needs.”

 

Dog Park Makeover

 

Mesa del Sol dog park is temporarily closed as it undergoes construction for new features.

Mesa del Sol Dog Park

 

The dog park at Mesa del Sol is getting a makeover. As Mesa del Sol continues to expand and construction commences to support new development, dog owners can currently utilize a portion of the park.  The final configuration in its entirety will be completed by February.

The construction is exciting for resident pet owners as these new features are currently being added to this popular amenity.

These features include:

  • Expansion to 1.2 acres
  • New configuration
  • Small and large dog designated areas

 

Future configuration of Mesa del Sol Dog Park

Future configuration of Mesa del Sol Dog Park

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we await this exciting improvement to our growing community.

 

Neighborhood Naming Program at Mesa del Sol

Neighborhood Naming Program at Mesa del Sol

Mesa del Sol’s developers show their appreciation for innovators, artists, and pioneers through the neighborhood naming program.

Mesa del Sol’s developers show their appreciation for innovators, artists, and pioneers through the neighborhood naming program.

Mesa del Sol is a different type of neighborhood. With the new urbanism approach to sustainability and quality of life, it only makes sense to name the distinguishing characteristics Mesa del Sol embodies after innovators, artists, and pioneers.

The Mesa del Sol Neighborhood Naming Program is as unique as the development itself. In an effort to deepen the physical naming relationship of the landscape, architecture, and core values of the project, the developers of Mesa del Sol chose a particular naming convention for each neighborhood. Each area of the development encompasses a different theme, such as: Creativity & Expression where the streets are named after artists who championed the areas of cinema, design, literature, architecture, and poetry.

The criteria for selection of artists’ included within the Mesa del Sol Naming Program encompasses significant ties to New Mexico as a native, or moved here in the early 1900s due to the sanatoriums in Santa Fe or Albuquerque. These writers and artists established the creative makeup of New Mexico. Many were bold, resilient pioneers risking everything to come west via train to explore their endeavors or seek medical treatment for tuberculosis, before antibiotics.

The location with The Apertures, which includes Aperture Center and Aperture Plaza/Park conveys luminescence, openings, and is thematic of the development section.

: The Aperture Center of Mesa del Sol is considered the town center. It houses the University of New Mexico Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) program, Mesa del Sol corporate offices, Sandia National Laboratory offices, and a 24-hour fitness facility.

The Aperture Center of Mesa del Sol is considered the town center. It houses the University of New Mexico Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) program, Mesa del Sol corporate offices, Sandia National Laboratory offices, and a 24-hour fitness facility.

 

Neighborhood #1-Illuminations. This neighborhood is themed after American photographers. The area flanks The Apertures, and Portrait Park is within its boundaries.

portrait

Portrait Park sits within the Illuminations neighborhood.

Layout of the first neighborhood with artists’ names incorporated into the street layout.

Layout of the first neighborhood with artists’ names incorporated into the street layout.

The streets throughout the Illuminations neighborhood include several well-known photographers. A detailed breakdown of the artists is comprised in the following.

Neighborhood #1- Illuminations Artists

 

Newhall Beaumont 1908-1993

  • Preeminent authority on photography and his zone method
  • Photo historian/codifier of American photography, art historian, writer
  • Author, The History of Photography
  • Lead 20th Century black and white modernist photographer
  • Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico (1971), helped put UNM on the national map for Fine Art & Photography including a course in traditional photographic techniques, printing, to allow an artist to push and pull the depth of the black and white tones of a photo

Weegee, Arthur Fellig 1899-1968

  • Early “on-the-ground” photojournalist
  • Documented human drama, gritty, dark
  • Specialist of black and white street crime/emergency photography

Miguel Gandert 1956-present

Laura Gilpin 1891-1979

  • Came to New Mexico during the tuberculosis outbreak
  • Helped define and preserve Santa Fe’s unique character as part of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation
  • Native American photographer, Navajo, Pueblo and Southwestern landscapes
  • Awarded Excellence in the Arts by the Governor of New Mexico 

Man Ray, Emmanuel Radnitzky 1890-1976

  • American modernist artist, painter, photographer
  • Contributor to Dada and Surrealist movements, fashion and portrait photographer
  • Work has been featured at the University of New Mexico Art Museum

Diane Arbus 1923-1971

  • American photographer, writer
  • Known for black and white square photographs of deviant and marginal people

Irving Penn 1917-2009

  • Known for fashion photography, portraits, and stills
  • Worked with Vogue, Issey Miyake, Clinique

Joel-Peter Witkin 1939-present

  • Known for themes of death, corpses, and eccentric outsiders
  • Albuquerque photographer
  • Featured in the film, Joel-Peter Witkin: An Objective Eye

Richard Avedon 1923-2004

  • Fashion and portrait photographer
  • Worked with Vogue and Life
  • Featured a In the American West category of work that included Emory J. Stovall, a scientist from Los Alamos, New Mexico and Daniel Salozar, farmer Sanctuario de Chimayo

Imogen Cunningham 1883-1976

  • Known for botanical photography, nudes and industrial landscapes
  • Featured for her work, Women of Photography and Group f/65 in the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the University Art Museum at the University of New Mexico

Margaret Bourke-White 1904-1971

  • Soviet industry, first American female war photojournalist, and first female photographer for Henry Luce’s Life Magazine
  • Industrial and architectural photographer
  • Worked for Fortune magazine
  • Known around New Mexico for her picture, Acoma Pueblo

Alfred Stieglitz 1864-1946

  • Modern art promoter/photographer
  • Known for making photography an accepted art form
  • Operated New York art galleries in the early part of the 20th century
  • Husband of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986

  • Created large-format paintings of enlarged objects similar to a magnifying lens effect, expressing the wideness and world
  • Utilized rocks, bones as the desert floor of New Mexico as distinctive architectural landscape forms of the area subjects of her work
  • Work is preserved at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

Paul Strand 1890-1976

  • Photographer/filmmaker/modern art promoter
  • Married a style of geometric surface design to street life and machine culture
  • In his photographs of New Mexico, he revealed a deep awareness of what he called “the spirit of place.”

Dorothea Lange 1895-1965

  • Photographer/photojournalist of Depression-era
  • Humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced documentary photography
  • Known for showing an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway and the “Resettled farm child, From Taos Junction to Bosque Farms, project, New Mexico, and A farm child whose family resettled on the Bosque Farms project.”

Roy Stryker 1893-1975

  • American economist, government official, photographer
  • Most famous for heading the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression and launching the documentary photography movement of the FSA
  • Known for his work documenting New Mexico Winter, Heartland New Mexico, and a vast amount of pictures of Navajo Nation.

 

This is just a slice of the naming program’s plans for Mesa del Sol. We will continue to highlight these innovators, artists, and pioneers included in the distinguishing characteristics connecting Mesa del Sol with New Mexican and American creative history.

Mesa del Sol Collecting Pet Food for Animal Humane

Mesa del Sol is collecting pet food donations on behalf of Animal Humane NM.

Pet food donations can be dropped off at Mesa del Sol offices.

Animal Humane New Mexico is a leader in next-generation animal shelters. They offer a full-range of programs and services for those looking for pets. Currently, they provide a pet food bank that began servicing between 200-300 families per month. Now, that number has doubled to 740 families and the food bank is running low.

Mesa del Sol believes the community can make a difference for these pets and families in need. We are collecting dry and canned dog and cat food at our offices in support of this initiative.

If you are interested in donating, please drop off either dry or canned food on the third floor of Aperture Center Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We will be taking the donations to Animal Humane daily, so they can be distributed to the families. Donations will also be accepted at Animal Humane, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Please call, 452-2600 with any questions.

Download informational flyer.

ABQ Studios, Mesa del Sol Resident Lands ‘Scorch Trials’ as New Film Project

James Dashner’s  “Scorch Trials” will begin filming at Albuquerque Studios later this month.  Image courtesy: Albuquerque Journal.

James Dashner’s “Scorch Trials” will begin filming at Albuquerque Studios later this month. Image courtesy: Albuquerque Journal.

 

Albuquerque Studios, Mesa del Sol Resident will house the production of The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials, which begins production later this month.

The Scorch Trials is based off the second book of adult dystopian science fiction written by James Dashner. The movie follows the initial release of 20th Century Fox’s, The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball.

 

The Scorch Trials is the second book of the #1 New York Times Bestselling ‘Maze Runner’ series. Image Courtesy: Jamesdashner.com

The Scorch Trials is the second book of the #1 New York Times Bestselling ‘Maze Runner’ series. Image Courtesy: Jamesdashner.com

 

The Scorch Trials starts with the protagonist, Thomas, and his accomplices escaping the maze. They are stranded on the open roads of their devastated planet when they encounter a group of young women who have escaped from another maze. The group is faced with chicaneries put together by the World in Catastrophe, Killzone Experiment Department (WICKED). Phase two, The Scorch, commences with survival as the only option.

 

 

As reported by the Albuquerque Journal and the New Mexico State Film Office, the production will employ at least 250 New Mexicans with 18 actors and 1,800 extras. Albuquerque Studios is a good fit to house the production with its’ $94 million dollar facility, which includes more than 366,000 sq. ft. of total space for eight sound stages, mill, production, and support space on the 28 acre secure campus.

“It’s exciting to see our neighbors at Albuquerque Studios be able to provide support for a production of this caliber,” Manny Barrera, director of development said. “The Scorch Trials filming will have a significant impact on the Albuquerque economy and continue to put New Mexico in the spotlight for the film and media industry.”

The Scorch Trials movie premiere is scheduled for release on September 18, 2015.

 

Barrera, Smith Take Mesa del Sol Leadership Reins

Karl Smith, left, new residential development director, and Manny Barrera, director of development lead the Mesa del Sol master-planned community project in southeast Albuquerque. Image courtesy: Andy Beale | Albuquerque Business First

Karl Smith, left, new residential development director, and Manny Barrera, director of development lead the Mesa del Sol master-planned community project in southeast Albuquerque. Image courtesy: Andy Beale | Albuquerque Business First

 

Mesa del Sol welcomes the new Residential Development Director, Karl Smith to the team. Smith replaces David Newell who recently accepted a position as Division President for RayLee Homes. Smith’s background comes from his most recent work as administrative manager for Albuquerque’s Golden Equipment Co. and for more than five years worked as a project manager for TS McNaney & Associates, a company that did residential developments and entitlement work.

“It’s been a great transition and everyone has been very welcoming here at Mesa del Sol,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to the future and helping develop and expand the project.”

In light of the new staff addition, another important change has taken place; Forest City Enterprises has promoted Manny Barrera from director of engineering to director of development. Barrera has been part of the nucleus team of Mesa del Sol since its’ conception in 2006. Barrera carries many of the responsibilities that former president Michael Daly had before for a accepting a new position with New York-based Jonathan Rose Cos.

Together, Barrera and Smith will champion the responsibilities encompassed within the 13,000-acre project including the recruitment of new companies and the oversight of existing commercial activity.

“Mesa del Sol is the perfect place for data center growth opportunities, cyber security expansion, and companies, alike,” Barrera said. “For us to put together a blend of commercial growth, while building a community that reflects the culture of Albuquerque is a unique opportunity that I’m happy to be apart of.”

Director of Development Set to Speak at Master Plan Communities Event, Oct. 23

Director of Engineering for Mesa del Sol, Manny Barrera, is set to speak at the Albuquerque Metro Current & Future Master Plan Communities event, Oct. 23 at the Albuquerque Marriott.

Director of Development for Mesa del Sol, Manny Barrera PE, is set to speak at the Albuquerque Metro Current & Future Master Plan Communities event, Oct. 23 at the Albuquerque Marriott.

 

Master planned communities continue to be feasible throughout the United States. According to recent data obtained by New Mexico Business Weekly, there has been an 11 percent increase of homes sold since 2012, in the top 20 master planned communities in the country, respectively. Mesa del Sol’s sister community, Stapleton of Denver, made the list. Mesa del Sol’s growth is slowly making a comeback as the recession has had a significant impact on the Albuquerque market.

 

The topic of master planned communities will be in the spotlight with Mesa del Sol’s Director of Development, Manny Barrera, leading a talk at the Albuquerque Metro Current & Future Master Plan Communities event on October 23. In addition to Barrera, other speakers comprise, Garret Price, vice president of land development and acquisition at Pulte Homes in Albuquerque, and Jeanie Springer-Knight, developer at Springer5 Investments.

 

“I’m excited to share information about Mesa del Sol, learn from industry peers, and collaborate with community leaders and top developers in the area,” Barrera said.

 

In addition to Mesa del Sol, other master planned communities that will be included in the event comprise Westland North, Pulte Del Webb at Mirehaven, Unser Gateway, Satolina. The event will take place from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott on Thursday, October 23. Registration information can be found here.

 

ABQ Singing Road Entertains Drivers on Route 66

 

Route 66 Singing Road entertains Albuquerque drivers. Image courtesy: Albuquerque Journal

Route 66 Singing Road entertains Albuquerque drivers. Image courtesy: Albuquerque Journal

Rumble strips were originally placed on roadways to help keep soporific drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. Now, the application of rumble strips has shifted into a fun and entertaining way of rewarding drivers for going the speed limit by “singing” America The Beautiful when someone drives over it.

This strip of rhythmic road, at 364 Highway 66 East, leading to the mountain town of Tijeras was created and paid for as part of National Geographic’s show, “Crowd Control;” set to debut in November.

The only other strip of “singing road” is located in California. That strip plays, William Tell Overture.

In order for drivers to hear the tune, they must travel the speed limit of 45 miles-per-hour (mph). If a driver exceeds or travels at a slower pace, the tune cannot be heard.

Watch the reaction of a Sandia Park resident when she discovered the singing road.