a history of excellence

70 years of pushing boundaries

Atrisco Heritage Academy

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 70 years.

What began as two eager mechanical engineers starting a new venture in a tiny garage has grown to a company of 130+ employees, three offices, and a well-respected reputation.

OUR HISTORY

Thru the years with Bridgers & paxton

RANKINGS

We've got awards to prove it

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MEP Giants

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 2021

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Giants 300 Report

Building Design + Construction, 2021

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Top 40 Electrical Design Firms

EC&M, 2021

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Top NM Engineering Firms

Albuquerque Business First, 2022

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Southwest Top MEP Engineering Firms

ENR Southwest, 2021

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Best in Business Engineering Firms

Colorado Springs Business Journal, 2019

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, 2021 Engineering Excellence Award – Grand Conceptor, Los Alamos National Laboratory, SCC Exascale-Class Computer Cooling Equipment Project
  • American Council of Engineering Companies, 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards – National Recognition Award, Los Alamos National Laboratory, SCC Exascale-Class Computer Cooling Equipment Project
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – New Mexico, 2019 Engineering Excellence Award – Grand Conceptor, Central New Mexico Community College, Smith Brasher Hall Renovation/Expansion
  • 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
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2018 Merit Award, New Mexico Mutual Corporate Headquarters
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2018 Merit Award, University of New Mexico, Smith Plaza Renovation
  • American Institute of Architects-New Mexico, 2021 Distinguished Architecture Honor Award, University of New Mexico McKinnon Center for Management
  • American Institute of Architects-New Mexico, 2021 Distinguished Architecture Merit Award, Albuquerque Public Schools Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
  • American Institute of Architects-Colorado South, 2014 Built Architecture – Citation Award, Bal Seal Engineering Office & Manufacturing Facility
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2022 Best Buildings Award - $20 million and Over Category, Sandia Resort & Casino South Expansion D-B
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2022 Best Buildings Award - Design-Build Category, Confidential Federal Entity D-B Office Building
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2022 Best Buildings Award - Municipal & Utilities Category, ABCWUA Customer Service and Operations Facility
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2021 Best Buildings Award $20 million and Over Category, University of New Mexico Johnson Athletic Center Expansion & Renovation
  • Associated General Contractors of New Mexico, 2021 Best Buildings Award Design-Build Category, Pueblo of Laguna New Elementary School
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2021 Best Buildings Award LEED Certifiable Project Category, New Mexico National Laboratory Design-Build Z-Support Facility
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2020 Best Buildings Award - $20 Million and Over, UNM Physics and Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science (PAIS) Building
  • ENR Southwest, 2019 Best Projects Award of Merit – Government/Public Building, NM Children, Youth, and Families Department, CYFD Children’s Wellness Center
  • ENR Southwest, 2019 Best Projects Award – Landscape/Urban Development, City of Albuquerque, Civic Plaza Renovation
  • ENR Southwest, 2019 Best Projects Award – Sports/Entertainment, City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque BioPark Penguin Chill Exhibit
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2021 Awards of Excellence – Community & Civic Public Large, Jicarilla Apache Wellness Center
  • NAIOP-NM Chapter, 2021 Awards of Excellence – Community & Civic Public Small, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters & Visitor Center
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2021 Awards of Excellence – Education, UNM Johnson Center Expansion and Renovation
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2020 Awards of Excellence – Industrial/Infrastructure, EMERA Technologies Kirtland Resiliency Project
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2020 Awards of Excellence – Education, Santa Fe Public Schools – Aspen Community School
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2019 Awards of Excellence – Community & Civic Public (Tie), Albuquerque BioPark Penguin Chill Exhibit & New Mexico State Police – Glen Huber Building
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2019 Awards of Excellence – Office, Children, Youth & Families Department New Children’s Wellness Center
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2019 Awards of Excellence – Medical, New Mexico Junior College Allied Health Building
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2018 Award of Excellence – Education New Construction, Farmington Municipal Schools, Farmington High School
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2018 Award of Excellence – Education New Construction, University of New Mexico, HSC Health Education Building Ph. 3
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2018 Award of Excellence – Education Renovation, Central New Mexico Community College, Smith Brasher Hall Renovation/Addition
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2018 Award of Excellence – Medical, Presbyterian Healthcare, Santa Fe Medical Center
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2017 Award of Excellence – Education New Construction, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2017 Award of Excellence – Education New Construction, Shiwi Ts’ana Elementary School - Zuni Pueblo
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2017 Award of Excellence – Education Renovation, Bernalillo Public Schools, Bernalillo High School Renovation/Replacement
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2017 Award of Excellence – Education Renovation, Central New Mexico Community College, L Building Renovation/Addition
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2017 Award of Excellence – Medical, DaVita Sunport Healthcare Center
  • PNM Resources, 2021 PNM Business Energy Efficiency Star Award - New Construction Program, UNM Physics and Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Building
  • PNM Resources, 2018 PNM Business Energy Efficiency Star Award - New Construction Program, DaVita Sunport Healthcare Center