Western Partitions Advances Plans to Expand New Mexico Operations

By Ron Davis, Albuquerque Business First

Western Partitions Inc.

February 10, 2020 – Western Partitions Inc. is set to make its play in New Mexico by breaking ground on a new office space.

The Portland, Oregon-based drywall contractor that worked on Facebook’s Los Lunas data center plans to expand its full-time New Mexico operations by breaking ground Wednesday on a 9,000-square foot, two-story office in Albuquerque at 511 Paragon Road SE. The project is expected to be completed in the next five to six months.

WPI purchased roughly 2.15 acres of land last year at South Broadway Boulevard and Paragon Road and plans to use that land for office and warehouse space. Duke City Builders and RMKM Architecture will be the project’s general contractor and architect, respectively. WPI also has offices in Washington, Oregon and Nevada.

Alan Chavez, operations manager at WPI in New Mexico, previously said the company saw a dearth of qualified drywall contractors in the state, creating an opportunity to expand here. WPI previously said it chose its location because of its proximity to Los Lunas for the Facebook project, the city of Albuquerque and the activity at Mesa del Sol following Netflix’s purchase of Albuquerque Studios.

Business First reported on some of the ancillary benefits Netflix’s $1 billion investment could bring to the state, specifically real estate and business activity in and around Mesa del Sol.

Economic development leaders have touted Facebook’s potential ripple effects over the years. At an Albuquerque Economic Development luncheon in December 2016, speakers compared Facebook’s arrival to a potential lottery ticket for the city and the state for those ripple effects in addition to the hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions in private investment from Facebook. Facebook’s Los Lunas data center opened in February 2019.

Chavez said the company has between 80 and 90 field employees and another 10 to 12 office employees at a leased space in Los Lunas. He previously said the company could expand to 150 to 200 employees over the next two years, depending upon the market demand.

Daniel Kearney, Austin Tidwell and Rob Powell of Resolut RE, formerly known as Retail Solutions, represented the tenant while Todd Strickland of NAI Maestas & Ward represented the seller in the deal.