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.

In the past seventy years, we've augmented our capabilities by incorporating controls and electrical engineering in the 1990s, alongside a diverse array of services such as technology design, energy modeling, and BIM. 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

NUMBER
82
MEP Giants

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 2023

NUMBER
60
Giants 400 Report

Building Design + Construction, 2023

NUMBER
29
New Mexico Top Workplaces

Albuquerque Journal, 2022

NUMBER
5
Top NM Engineering Firms

Albuquerque Business First, 2024

NUMBER
6
Southwest Top MEP Engineering Firms

ENR Southwest, 2024

NUMBER
2
Best in Business Engineering Firms

Colorado Springs Business Journal, 2023 & 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 Council of Engineering Companies – New Mexico, 2023 Engineering Excellence Award – Grand Conceptor, Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square Project
  • 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 Institute of Architects-New Mexico, 2023 Elevate Design Distinguished Architecture Award, Gallup-McKinley County Schools New Lincoln Elementary School
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2022 Honor Award, General Design Category, Gallup-McKinley County Schools Lincoln Elementary School
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2022 Citation Award, Remodel and Adaptive Reuse Category, University of New Mexico Farris Engineering Center
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2022 Citation Award, Kewa Childcare & Family Engagement Center
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2022 Special Recognition Award, General Design Category, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Customer Services & Operations Facility
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2022 Merit Award, General Design Category, City of Albuquerque International District Library
  • American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque, 2022 Merit Award, General Design Category, Lea County Judicial Complex
  • 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
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2023 Best Buildings Award - Grand Prize of Show, Albuquerque Public Schools Early College Academy Renovation
  • ENR Southwest, 2019 Best Projects Award of Merit – Government/Public Building, NM Children, Youth, and Families Department, CYFD Children’s Wellness Center
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2024 Best Buildings Award - $20 Million and Over, City of Albuquerque BioPark Zoo Asia Multi-Level Exhibits & Expansion
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2024 Best Buildings Award - $5 to $10 million Category, NMIMT Brown Hall Administration Building Renovation
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2024 Best Buildings Award - $10 to $20 million Category, State of New Mexico Vladem Contemporary Art Museum
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2024 Best Buildings Award - Construction Management / CMAR Category, Presbyterian Healthcare, Downtown Hospital New Patient Tower
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2024 Best Buildings Award - LEED Certifiable Project Category, New Mexico National Laboratory, New Emergency Response Center
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2023 Best Buildings Award - $20 million and Over Category, New Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community School
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2023 Best Buildings Award - $2.5 to $5 million Category, UNM Taos Campus New College Pathways to Careers Center
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2023 Best Buildings Award - LEED Project Category, San Juan College New Student Housing (Nizhóní Sunrise Suites)
  • Associated General Contractors of NM, 2022 Best Buildings Award - Grand Prize of Show, UNM Phase 2 Renovations at Clark Hall Chemistry Building
  • 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
  • Design-Build Institute of America - National, 2022 Best in Process Award & Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration Merit Award, Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square Project
  • 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, 2023 Awards of Excellence – Civic / Public, City of Albuquerque New International Library
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2023 Awards of Excellence – Education / Mixed, New Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community School & Dormitory Building
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2023 Awards of Excellence – Medical, Presbyterian Downtown Hospital New Patient Tower F
  • NAIOP-New Mexico Chapter, 2022 Awards of Excellence – Medical, Presbyterian Healthcare Rust Medical Center Office Building Addition
  • 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
  • PNM Resources, 2021 PNM Business Energy Efficiency Star Award - New Construction Program, UNM Physics and Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Building