Aperture Center Sold to Investment Group with Local Ties

Aperture Center Purchased Wednesday. Group Plans on Relocating to the Building


The 78,000-square-foot Aperture Center Building in the heart of Mesa del Sol has been purchased by the investment group SC3 International.

Steve Chavez, CEO of SC3 International, said in a statement to Albuquerque Business First that he will be relocating the SC3 International headquarters to the Aperture Center. According to SC3’s website, the company is located in Denver, Colorado right now.”

The purchase is another Albuquerque investment by Chavez, who is also the co-owner of WisePies Pizza & Salad chain and is part of a development group drafting plans for the University of New Mexico’s south campus entertainment district.

[Read full article by Albuquerque Business First Here]

Albuquerque’s Down Arts and Cultural District

Albuquerque’s downtown Arts and Cultural District designation approved by city

Albuquerque is finding ways of reinventing themselves. The residents of Albuquerque have known the potential of our city for years, but have had a difficult time making that potential become a reality. Recently the city has approved many programs and initiatives that will really create the place we have known was here all along.

Late Wednesday night Albuquerque’s City council voted unanimously to adopt the districts cultural plan for creating an Arts and Culture district in Albuquerque’s downtown. Read the article from Albuquerque Business First Here

Participate in the Lobo Triathlon

Participate in the Lobo Triathlon April 9th and 10th


Register for the Lobo Triathlon, which is a very popular event with more than 300 participants. Proceeds will benefit the Summer Youth Sports Programs sponsored by the UNM College of Education and the Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences Department.

“On Sunday, April 10, the Lobo Triathlon begins at 7 a.m. with the transition area on Johnson Field opening at 6 a.m. Participants will run 5 kilometers around the UNM central campus, bike 20 kilometers out and back to Mesa del Sol, and swim 400 meters in Johnson Center’s Olympic pool. Athletes may complete all three legs as individuals or one or more legs as a member of a team.” (For full article click here)

Everyday is Sunny at Mesa del Sol

Albuquerque is a Great Place to Soak up the Sun

“Albuquerque is renowned for having the best year round weather in the USA.” Low humidity and warm temperatures (70°F/21°C is the yearly average) combine to make Albuquerque a great place to live all year around. [Click here for full article from VisitABQ]

Here at Mesa del Sol we love to spend quality time outdoors. We thrive in the sunshine, and are lucky enough to get lots of it. In fact Albuquerque has an average of 278 days of sunshine per year [Source].

At Mesa del Sol we have great facilities to spend time outdoors.

  • Our residents love to let their furry friends get exercise, by letting them off their leash, at the large dog park, within walking distance of all the homes in our community.

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  • Kids are often found at the playground located near the center of Mesa del Sol.
  • We love to take a hike on the nature trail surrounding our community. The trail really gives a sense of serenity, away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby city.
  • Mesa del Sol features the city’s only Lacrosse field.
  • Plus many other amenities to spend time soaking up the wonderful New Mexico sun.

Albuquerque is located in the heart of the land of Enchantment. With plenty of sunshine, and mild temperatures, it really is the most enchanting place around.

Barrera: ‘I believe in its future success’

Manny Barrera, Mesa del Sol’s Director believes in a bright future for Mesa del Sol

manny-barrera*750xx1944-2592-125-0Barrera believes the 218 lots allocated to housing in Mesa del Sol will be completed by the end of 2016. So far 180 homes have been completed, and 18 are currently under construction.

He is sure of the original vision of Mesa del Sol, despite the set back the community faced in the past, due to the crash of the housing market in 2008. The community has relaunched, and the future is looking bright for Mesa del Sol.

For the full story from Albuquerque Business First click here


Magic on the Mesa Albuquerque Christmas Event

A Wonderful Magic on the Mesa Event by Pulte Homes

Thanks to Pulte Homes for hosting the 2015 Magic on the Mesa. The event began at 4:30pm, as an open house to the community and any others who wanted to come and experience Mesa del Sol’s Christmas event.

Outside of the the Pulte homes model Christmas music was streaming. People were joyfully waiting on the twelve passenger horse carriage or ordering their pizza from A-Dough-Be-Pizza food truck.
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The event was in full swing right at 4:30pm. Inside the model, you could find a gathering of people enjoying themselves in the company of friends new and old. The first station when walking into the Pulte model home was a magnificent hot cocoa bar, with anything you could ever want to mix into hot chocolate. A little further into the home was Santa sitting by a warm fire with a smiling child on his lap(there weren’t any tears all night), and a professional photographer from Bright Eyes Photography, beautifully capturing the moment. Wandering about was Orbit from the Albuquerque Isotopes, bringing joy to anyone who came to meet him.

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As you made your way into the second Pulte Homes model, immediately you would smell freshly baked cookies. In the living room you were greeted by two festive Christmas Elves, painting the faces of excited children. Finally in the kitchen, you would find an array if icings and sprinkles to decorate your own Christmas cookies.

A Light up the Mesa Christmas decoration contest was judged that night. Three deserving homes won a gift basket full of Mesa del Sol, Isotopes, and iHeart Media gear, as well as a visa gift card and other local gifts.

Its exciting to see our Mesa del Sol community come together to experience the season. We love how our community is growing, and becoming an incredible place to live.



Mesa del Sol a Featured Community for National Night Out

IMG_0200Mesa del Sol hosted a National Night Out in Aperture Park. Part of the festivities were donation drive to benefit The New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Division (CYFD). There was also a kid’s parade with decorated bicycles and wagons and a barbeque.

It was a beautiful evening and a large number of neighbors participated.

The Mesa del Sol Homeowners Association has been selected as the featured community by National Night Out. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together for a fun night and make a difference for incarcerated youth.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.

Bloomberg Business Highlights Mesa del Sol

Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque’s visionary mixed-use, master planned community in the southern part of the city, was recently featured in NEDO Focus, an international magazine that focuses on energy, environmental and industrial technologies. The publication touted Mesa del Sol as one of the world’s “Smart Communities,” and focused on the smart grid that is powering Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center.

“Mesa del Sol’s smart grid is the first of its kind in the world,” said Manny Barerra, Managing Director at Mesa del Sol. “This project, which was built in conjunction with NEDO, Sandia National Labs, PNM ad UNM, is the first one where a commercial micro-grid utilized a variety of renewable energy generation and storage sources to supply power to a commercial building. The implications are huge as the U.S. looks for unique solutions to minimize impact on the nation’s electric grids.”

Bloomberg Business News was one of many national news outlets to feature this exciting story. You can read the entire Bloomberg Business article here.

Mesa del Sol Night at Isotopes Park

orbitThis Friday, May 29th is Mesa del Sol night at Isotopes park. The first 3,000 fans will receive a free Isotopes baseball cap featuring their new logo. It is sure to be a fun night. The Isotopes are celebrating their first year as a Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate. Mesa del Sol is celebrating our third year as a team sponsor. It has been a fantastic relationship between the two organizations. We invite everyone to come out to the ballpark Friday night, get your free cap and enjoy the game!