Tuesday, February 9, 2010

HP's Open House

This evening we went to the public open house for the new HP facility in Rio Rancho. HP is a new employer here; the ribbon cutting for their building took place in early December. They plan to continuously employ 1,350 full-time employees by the end of 2012, and we're very happy that Tim is one of those folks.

The facility was designed, and the work stations were located, in such a way that nearly everyone has a great view through the window-walls. Tim's work station looks out on the Sandias.

This is the front entrance to the building. I was fascinated by the large spiral sculpture, to the left of the entrance in this picture. It actually turns, continuously, so you can see the spiral "moving." The effect is especially noticeable from inside, when framed in a window, as in the second picture, below.

Here's the view that Tim has, of the Sandias, although to comply with photography guidelines, this was not taken from his work station, but from the upstairs balcony, overlooking the entry foyer. (Taking pictures was allowed in the public areas of the building, but not in the work areas.)

The building is located quite a distance from any retail businesses or restaurants, in what is designed to become Rio Rancho's "city center." The University of New Mexico (UNM) has also just opened a large facility in this proposed city center, and that new campus is known as UNM West.

HP provides a cafeteria, catered by several local restaurants, for the employees.

Dan and i enjoyed seeing Tim's new "digs" and wish him many good years of employment with HP.