a history
of excellence

66 years of pushing boundaries

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Getting started

A legacy of engineering pioneers


In 1951, mechanical engineers, Frank Bridgers and Don Paxton, founded the company we know of (and love) today as Bridgers & Paxton. Just like our founders, we’re not just trying to find any solution, but an innovative one – like when they designed the first solar-heated office building in 1956. From the very beginning our leadership has shaped the engineering industry; their involvement as local and national Presidents of ASHRAE and ACEC inspire our current leadership to carry the legacy (or torch) forward.

Over the last six decades we’ve added electrical engineering (1995) and a slew of other services like energy modeling, BIM and technology to our arsenal. Our evolution throughout the years has allowed us to expand our portfolio with new projects and clients and maintain longstanding ones such as Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, both of whom have been clients for over 60 years.

What began as two eager mechanical engineers starting a new venture in a tiny garage has grown to a company of 120+ employees, three offices, and a well-respected reputation.

FEATURED PROJECTS

Thru the years with Bridgers & paxton

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Bridgers & Paxton, 1956

World’s first solar-heated office building in Albuquerque, NM designed by founders Frank Bridgers & Don Paxton.

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Phoenix City Hall, 1994

Twenty-story building utilizes a stratified chilled water thermal storage system that serves six additional city buildings.

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Bal Seal Engineering, 2013

Office & manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs, CO. 1st large project completed by the Colorado office.

RANKINGS

We’ve got awards to prove it

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Giants 300 Report

Building Design + Construction, 2017

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MEP Giants

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 2016

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Top 40 Electrical Design Firms

EC&M, 2016

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Top 25 Engineering Firms

Albuquerque Business First, 2017

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Southwest Top Design Firms

ENR Southwest, 2017

it’s a major award

We design some pretty cool systems and other people think so too. Here are a few of our latest honors.

  • ENR Southwest, 2017 Design Firm of the Year
  • Associated General Contractors-New Mexico Building Branch, 2017 Outstanding Consulting Engineer of the Year
  • American Subcontractors Association of New Mexico, 2016 Engineer of the Year
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – New Mexico, 2016 Engineering Excellence Award – Building/Technology Systems Category, Central New Mexico Community College, Main Campus Technology Loop & Wellness Path
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – New Mexico, 2015 Engineering Excellence Award – Building/Technology Systems Category, Farmington Municipal Schools, Northeast Elementary School
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – National, 2013 Engineering Excellence Honor Award, Sandia National Laboratories, Molten Salt Test Loop Concentrated Solar Project
  • Illuminating Engineering Society, 2015 Award of Merit, Bal Seal Engineering Office & Manufacturing Facility
  • ENR Southwest, 2016 Best Projects Award – K-12 Education, Farmington Municipal Schools, Northeast Elementary and Hermosa Middle Schools
  • Associated General Contractors-New Mexico Building Branch, 2017 Best Buildings Award – Outstanding Specialty Work, New Mexico Military Institute, Baseball Complex Improvements
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2016 Citation Award, San Juan College, BP Center for Energy Education
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2016 Citation Award, URENCO USA Campus Commons Building
  • American Institute of Architects-Colorado South, 2014 Built Architecture – Citation Award, Bal Seal Engineering Office & Manufacturing Facility
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2016 Award of Excellence – Infrastructure, Central New Mexico Community College, Main Campus Technology Loop & Wellness Path
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2016 Award of Excellence – Civic/Community, Albuquerque Botanic Garden BUGarium Building
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2016 Award of Excellence – Medical, Presbyterian Healthcare, Rust Medical Center Patient Tower II
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2016 Award of Excellence – Education, San Juan College, BP Center for Energy Education