Elegant, compelling landscape solutions for over 45 years

Location: Rowe, NM

Completed: Ongoing

With Conron & Woods Architects

Pecos River Ranch is a private ranch located along the Pecos River in the ponderosa and pinon-juniper forests of northern New Mexico. The property features a residential complex on more than 15 acres, comprised of a newly constructed home and two renovated guest houses, all overlooking the river.

The property Owners developed the property as a vacation retreat for their children and grandchildren, and hope to someday retire there. Narrow vehicular lanes connect the structures and pedestrian paths wind through the landscape providing connections throughout the property.

The landscape design includes native revegetation of disturbed areas, themed gardens surrounding the homes, orchards, pollinator meadows, trails, fountains, an expansive terrace, and a formal courtyard.

APS Community Stadium

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2013

with SMPC Architects

Located at 98th St. and I-40, this addition to the Albuquerque Public School Districts athletic facilities will host football, track and field, and a variety of community events. The 7,000 seat stadium also includes parking for 1,400 vehicles and and entrance plaza.

MRWM collaborated with SMPC Architects on the site design and grading concept, and provided plans for planting, irrigation, site furnishings, fencing, artificial turf, and track and field events.

Artesia Veterans Memorial Plaza

Location: Artesia, NM

Completed: 2013

with JMZ Arquitectos

MRWM created the design for the renovation of the Veterans Memorial Plaza and Park in downtown Artesia, adjacent to two MRWM streetscape renovation projects. The integration of the design with the existing streetscape creates a seamless transition between the downtown street and the park, and is aimed at strengthening the city center and further defining sense of place in the city.  MRWM was responsible for hardscape, planting, and irrigation design. 

The site is located between the existing City Hall and the site of a future City Hall annex building and is part of the Artesia Main Street Renovation and Texas & 2nd Streetscape Renovation. MRWM worked closely with the City of Artesia’s Community Development Department to ensure that the design met the City’s vision.

Columbus Land Port of Entry

Location: Columbus, NM

Completed: Under Construction

w/ Richter Architects

The United States General Services Administration is undertaking a major expansion of the Columbus U.S. Land Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico. The project is pursuing LEED Gold and Sustainable SITES Gold Certifications.

The landscape design by MRWM strives to create an attractive, high performance desert landscape inspired by natural and cultural typologies found in the region, including the Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands, Chihuahuan Desert Scrub, desert washes, desert riparian landscapes, desert oases, shaded pedestrian walks, and water harvesting terraces.

The landscape and grading have been designed to employ passive water harvesting throughout the site, reducing the dependence on potable water for irrigation. Stormwater will be collected in small retention and detention basins where water will infiltrate into the ground through a series of perforated, sub-surface drain pipes. These larger diameter lines will also distribute stormwater to landscape areas across the site via a network of sub-surface solid pipes connected to narrow perforated infiltration lines.

Water harvesting terraces within the core landscape area will slow down runoff and detain stormwater in shallow basins. Water harvesting sponges will also be used on the terraces to enhance infiltration, encourage nearby trees to send roots deeper and to build soils.

Plaza cuidana housing development

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2014

With Hartman + Majewski
Design Group

MRWM provided the landscape architectural consultation for schematic design through construction documents for this Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership project. The 68-unit multi-family rental apartment complex responds to the need for affordable housing for families with children and individuals with special needs.

The landscape design helps the development achieve its strategic goal of promoting the physical and emotional well-being of the community while enriching the living experience of the area residents. The residential spaces such as front porches and small backyards are addressed with easy-to-maintain ornamental trees and shrubs, providing privacy where appropriate.

MRWM also assisted with the site design and planting and irrigation design for a central community gathering area that includes a basketball court, a ‘plazuela’ for teens to hang out in and watch basketball, a play area for younger children, and lawn areas for picnicking and relaxing. 

Sandia Resort and Casino

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2001 - 2017

Phase I with Leo A. Daly Architects

Phase 2 - with Marnell Corrao Architects

Current Expansion - with YWS Architects

MRWM provided design and construction documents for landscape improvements, non-potable water irrigation systems, walkways, outdoor pool, patios areas, and site amenities for the new Pueblo of Sandia Casino Hotel and Resort – a 426 acre development with casino, amphitheater, hotel, outdoor gathering areas, extensive parking and sensational views from the development site north of Albuquerque. 

The site required a high visibility landscape, preservation of views, relatively low maintenance and water use, screening of parking areas, roadway landscaping from the Interstate to the resort entry, clear pedestrian connections and a welcoming first impression for resort patrons.

MRWM won an NMASLA award in 2001 for this project, and worked on design and performed construction observation for a new resort expansion, employee parking lot and parking garage.