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Master Planner Selected for the Design of Santa Fe Properties

ALBUQUERQUE- Wednesday, February 2, 2004- IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan and Mr. Steve Duran, Principal of Marian Hall, LLC announced today that the process for the selection of the master planner for the Archdiocesan properties around St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral School and the adjoining properties owned by Marian Hall, LLC has been completed. The purpose of the planned development of the Archdiocesan properties is to provide funding for the construction of the new Regional Catholic School to be located in Santa Fe as well as the on-going operational and preservation needs of the Cathedral.

SMWM, a multidisciplinary design firm from San Francisco, CA has been selected to develop the master plan. SMWM is an award-winning firm with a national reputation for complex civic projects throughout the United States, and for its collaborative approach to the design process. SMWM’s clients include civic, religious and educational institutions. Their portfolio of work reflects creativity and diversity as demonstrated in their Museum of New Mexico’s Sites and Facilities Master Plan and other historical properties. Other noteworthy projects include: the restoration and adaptive reuse of the San Francisco’s Ferry Building; the planning of the 1,500 acre Presidio site in San Francisco; the Harvard University Strategic Master Plan, and the Waterfront Plan for the Port of Los Angeles. A third-generation New Mexican, Mr. Dan Cheetham formerly of Albuquerque, NM is SMWM’s Principal-In-Charge. Mr. Cheetham’s architectural and master planning experience is focused on commercial, educational and institutional projects in the public realm. Assisting Mr. Cheetham is Andrew Wolfram, project manager, and Prakash Pinto, senior urban designer.

Also from San Francisco is CMG Landscape Architecture. Led by Principal-In-Charge, Kevin Conger, CMG has designed a range of open spaces dedicated to the creation of sustainable communities. Their work has encompassed a wide variety of design approaches to sensitive environments, such as Crissy Field in San Francisco, Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, and Pier 40 on New York’s Hudson River.

The planning, urban design, architectural, and landscape expertise of SMWM and CMG team will be complemented by a local team of professional firms to provide local perspective on a number of complex issues. They include:

  • Spears Architects, Santa Fe, NM - Beverley Spears, Principal-In-Charge; Historic Preservation and Regulatory Consulting; Projects include: Museum of New Mexico Master Plan, Santa Fe, NM; Santa Fe Preparatory School; Transit-Oriented Neighborhood Center, Santa Fe, NM. Spears Architects has received more design awards from the American Institute of Architects over the past ten years than any other Santa Fe firm.

  • Tierra Lopez_GarciaGroup, Santa Fe, NM - Michael D. Gomez, PE, PTOE, Principal-In-Charge; Traffic and Engineering; Projects include: Construction Plans and Traffic Impact Analysis for Santa Maria de La Paz Catholic Community Church and Parish Hall and Master Traffic Planning Studies for numerous projects in Santa Fe, NM; Mr. Gomez is the only Professional Transportation Operations Engineer in Santa Fe County and only one of 970 worldwide.

  • Rosemary Romero Consulting, Santa Fe, NM - Rosemary Romero, Principal; Public Involvement and Community Outreach; Projects include: Southwest Sector Plan, Santa Fe, NM; Neighborhood Plans, Santa Fe, NM; and the City of Santa Fe General Plan, Santa Fe, NM.

Archbishop Sheehan said,

I am pleased with the selection of our master planner. SMWM’s extensive expertise united with New Mexico’s talented professionals will pave the way to developing the property that will complement Santa Fe and New Mexico.

Mr. Steve Duran, Principal of Marian Hall, LLC said,

After an extensive selection process, we are confident that working with SMWM will create a team that will make this dream a reality and serve the needs of the community as well as the Archdiocese and Marian Hall LLC.

BACKGROUND: On November 18, 2003, Archbishop Sheehan announced plans for the future construction of the Archdiocese's Regional Catholic School to be built in Santa Fe, NM. In order to meet the area’s growing educational needs, the Archdiocese decided to aggressively pursue design and funding efforts. However, a great deal needs to be done in order to make this dream a reality. Both the St. Francis Cathedral School and Cristo Rey School will continue to provide a solid Catholic Education for their students until the new school is completed.

On December 12, 2003 Archbishop Sheehan was joined at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Santa Fe by Archdiocese of Santa Fe officials; Senator Pete Domenici; Governor Bill Richardson; Mr. Ben Lujan, Speaker of the House; Mayor Larry Delgado; Mr. Steve Duran, Principal, Marian Hall LLC; and other public officials where he revealed a history-making plan to ensure that Catholic education continue for many generations to come. The plan not only catapults Catholic education to the next level of excellence, but will assist in providing the St. Francis Cathedral community with a new parish hall, meeting rooms and office facilities; boost the City of Santa Fe’s economy; as well as provide sorely-needed parking for the citizens of Santa Fe.

Archbishop has stressed: This plan will not entail the sale of any downtown Archdiocese or Cathedral property surrounding the Cathedral. A leasing or development arrangement will accomplish the aforementioned objectives. The historic Cathedral will in no way be affected.


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