Mechenbier Construction is the latest developer to jump on the medical office bandwagon in Unser Gateway. Read more here:

New medical office further fills out Rio Rancho’s Unser Gateway (Slideshow)

Developers and medical office users have flocked to Unser Gateway, a growing part of Rio Rancho that’s anchored by Presbyterian’s Rust Medical Center.

John Mechenbier of Mechenbier Construction Inc. is the latest developer to build new medical office spaces there.

Mechenbier is about to kick off a $3.5 million project that will bring 21,500 square feet of new office space to 1817 Wellspring Ave. SE, just west of Unser Boulevard.

Mechenbier said the main tenant of the development is JumpStart Autism Center, a business that specializes in evaluating children who may be on the autism spectrum or have other neurodevelopmental disabilities, according to its website.

The rest of the building, which could accommodate four other users, is being marketed by CBRE brokers Dan Newman and Debbie Dupes.

Mechenbier said the project is his first development in Rio Rancho. He bought the 2-plus acre property six months ago, and liked its potential because of its proximity to other medical users.

New Mexico Orthopaedics opened a $1.3 million office there in 2015. Gonstead Physical Medicine, a health care provider specializing in ligament repair, also opened a new $1.8 million, 7,000-square-foot location nearby in July.

Mechenbier thinks there’s opportunity for more new construction in the area, especially new multi-tenant space.

“I think a lot of the other available existing medical space is short on parking, and with new construction, you’re basically starting with a clean sheet of paper, so you can go ahead and articulate the layout much better,” he said.

Slagle Herr Architects designed the building with Mechenbier Construction as the general contractor. Nusenda Credit Union financed the project.

Construction on the structure will begin next week. The building is expected to open before the summer of 2017.

Mechenbier also has another office complex under construction in Albuquerque. He’s developing a 38,000-square-foot office and flex space at 5454 Venice Ave. NE. The tenants of that building is a church and a civil engineering group.

That office building is expected to open in 2017.

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