Central New Mexico Community College has undergone three major updates, thanks to past GO Bond funds. In 2014, Smith Brasher (SB) Hall was renovated. The project involved the 100% remodel of a two-story, steel-framed classroom building constructed in 1982. The facility houses the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT) which includes programs such as Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. This LEED Gold project included a geothermal heat pump system, and other significant site improvements. It eased student access and recognition of the area as the center of Main Campus.
In 2016, CNM designated Max Salazar (MS) Hall for a major renovation that includes five floors in a building that serves approximately 33,000 students. The building will house CNM’s School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE) and the school of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS), in addition to state-of-the-art studio spaces. It is expected to be certified LEED Platinum and is scheduled for completion in Summer 2020.
Funds from the 2018 GO Bond supported planning for and will support the renovation of Ken Chappy Hall and integrate the CNM Art Department into an un-renovated area. The 14,000 square feet will house five large studio spaces as well as the support spaces necessary to the department. Ken Chappy’s location provides prime opportunities to capture foot traffic, and gives occasion to host exhibitions and events within the new facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2021.
Clovis Community College has had a great history of renovation success with GO Bond funds. CCC’s Physical Therapy Assistant Department was renovated, thanks to the 2012 GO Bond. These renovations, completed in spring 2015, started with eight hundred thousand dollars in GO Bond funding.
Projects that were paid for with 2014, 2016 and/or 2018 bond funding were mostly much-needed renovations to campus roofing.
The 2016 GO Bond helped fund an extensive two-year architectural and engineering design process for the Shiprock South Campus Math and Science Building. The state-of-the-art STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) facility design was completed in 2018, with construction tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 2020.
In addition, the 2016 GO Bond paid for renovation of the Shiprock North Campus Parking Lot. This crucial upgrade was needed to address critical Americans with Disabilities Act compliance to provide better access as well as install energy-efficient street lighting for the safety of all parking lot users.
Originally built in 1953 to house the Golden Library, the Golden Student Success Center was named after the second president of the University, Dr. Floyd Golden, and his wife, Elsie. A special spot on campus, it housed not only traditional library stacks, but also Special Collections, the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library and ENMU archives.
In 2015, GO Bond funds made the transformation of this facility into the Golden Student Success Center a realty. The existing Golden Library building was renovated and repurposed to include its traditional library holdings as well as house vital student services such as tutoring, advising and distance education. This “library of the future” was designed with transparent walls and defined open, meeting and study areas.
The Golden Student Success Center grand opening was held Aug. 28, 2018. It has become a true meeting and socialization place for students as well as an important hub to connect veterans, graduate students and academically at-risk students with the support and resources they need.
The 2018 Go Bond funds are supporting the renovation of ENMU-Roswell’s auto/welding tech building. The project is still in its design phase.
Previous projects supported by GO Bond funding included roof replacements to the Aviation Maintenance Technology Center and classroom infrastructure improvements.
In 2012, thanks to Go Bond funds, the new Lloyd Kiva Welcome Center was built to demonstrate IAIA’s commitment to sustainable design. The Welcome Center provides classrooms, meeting rooms and office space for Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Information Technology, Finance, Sponsored Programs, Marketing and Communications, and the President’s Office. It meets LEED Silver standards for sustainable design.
The 2014 and 2016 GO Bond funds helped IAIA build a state-of-the-art Performing Arts, Gym and Fitness Center (PAFC), which contains a full-size basketball court, flexible space theatre, classrooms, studios, an art gallery and faculty offices. There’s also a gymnasium that holds more than 300 spectators and a fitness center that includes cardio and weightlifting equipment. The PAFC was designed to meet LEED Silver standards and incorporates a photovoltaic array 80 solar panel on its roof.
In 2014, Luna Community College (LCC) received GO Bond funding for its Springer Forrester Building and Santa Rosa Brown Building. In Springer, the funding supported the upgrade of electrical, heating and cooling systems. In Santa Rosa, the funding went to the first phase of the renovation of the Brown Building.
In 2016, LCC received GO Bond funding to complete phase 2 of the of the Media Education Center Auditorium, used for LCC graduation. Prior to this, Luna graduates attended a ceremony under a tent outside. This state-of-the-art auditorium is also utilized for guest speakers, orientations and other academic events.
Mesalands Community College is using GO Bond funds to make major campus improvements such as repaving parking lots, re-landscaping campus and redesigning irrigation to all lawns, trees and shrubs. In addition, this funding will provide crosswalks between academic buildings.
The library and commons area of Building A were also remodeled, along with the roof. Funding also helped replace all air conditioners in Buildings A, C and D.
One of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the Four Corners region, Navajo Technical University has benefited from GO Bond funding since 2012 to help renovate its main Crownpoint campus.
In 2014, GO Bond funds helped finance the addition of a Student Union Building that includes classrooms as well as a gymnasium, office space and lounge and meeting space for students. In 2016, GO Bond funding was dedicated to architectural and engineering planning for an Academic Building, the first phase in a four-tiered project that would contain 15 classrooms. Two years later, GO Bond funds helped prepare the site for Phase 1 of the project by removing five old modular buildings. Additional GO Bond funding is needed to remove additional modular buildings and build the new permanent classroom facility.
Two important landmark buildings are continuing into the future, thanks to GO Bond funds. Rogers Hall was built in 1937 as NM Highlands University’s library and featured important Works Progress Administration-era murals. The newly renovated hall now houses the University’s administration, a high-tech governance room and a classroom and other facilities used by the university community and local nonprofits. The 2019-2020 renovation of the Spanish colonial-style building included modern energy-saving upgrades.
Las Vegas’ historic trolley building sat abandoned and in ruins until its successful conversion to house the University’s media arts program. GO Bond funding helped the University retain the exterior walls of the 1905 Romanesque-style building, which now provides state-of-the-art video and audio studios, a gallery space to showcase student and community art exhibits and an electronics makerspace. The McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building features exposed sandstone walls and a polished concrete floor inlaid with stainless steel rails to evoke the history of the trolley cars that once rolled into the building, along with exposed iron work and a preserved steel barn door. A large laser-cut historic map of Las Vegas graces the entrance.
In 2014, New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) utilized GO Bond funds in partnership with Lea County to build a Health and Wellness Learning Center for students and the community. The joint initiative included NMJC, Lea County, the City of Hobbs, the Hobbs Municipal School District and a local Foundation. Now called the CORE (Center of Recreational Excellence), the facility opened in June and features three pools, recreation courts, racquetball courts, fitness rooms, a running track and much more.
2016 GO Bond funds helped plan, design and construct a new Allied Health Building at NMJC. This building features simulation labs, skills labs, manikins with real-life illnesses, 20 beds with computerized headboards for student teaching and practice and large classrooms. It allows the College to train more LPNs (licensed practical nurses), RNs (registered nurses) and CNAs (certified nursing assistants) to meet the ongoing shortage of qualified healthcare professionals.
The College used 2018 GO Bond funds to help redesign and renovate McLean Hall, which houses the Cosmetology Applied Science program, a popular degree that has had a waiting list due to limited space. Students have to go to several buildings for classes. The new renovation will have all Cosmetology classes in one building, along with an up-to-date salon that is open to the public. The construction started in January, and will be finished January 2021.
Using funds provided from the 2016 GO Bond, the New Mexico Military Institute made significant renovations to the Health Services building, Marshall Hall. Before the recent renovations, the building originally constructed in 1920 saw few upgrades or significant renovations.
The renovation addressed structural and energy deficiencies with the building’s shell; modernized the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and replaced outdated furniture fixtures and equipment.
Marshall Hall is home to the NMMI Infirmary, as well as the NMMI Police Department.
In 2014, GO Bond funds helped renovate Dillon Hall Basement, which houses the School’s Health Center and Transportation Department as well as its statewide outreach programs, including the Early Intervention & Involvement Division’s Parent Infant Child and Deaf Mentor programs, and the Center for Educational Consultation and Training Department.
In 2016, Delgado Hall was renovated using GO Bond funds. Delgado Hall houses the school’s front reception area, Interpretation Department, Human Resources, Business and Finance Department and the Superintendent’s Office.
In 2018, the Lars M. Larson Student Activity Center and Residential Complex was the focus of renovation using GO Bond funds. This complex is a “home away from home” for students; it houses a gym and study and workshop/presentation areas as well as cottage-style residences for students.
The 2016 GO Bond helped NMSU-Grants complete two crucial upgrades in 2018 – the complete upgrade of the campus’ HVAC Controls and EMS (energy management system), as well as renovations to Martinez Hall. The project also included flooring for the Cyber Cafe and main entrance hallways as well as painting in the lower Martinez Hall.
The 2018 GO Bond funded NMSU-Grants’ road paving and other campus improvements. It included paving of University Road and all parking lots in front of Martinez Hall, Fidel Hall, Lucy Bell Ma Hall and McClure Hall. All islands have been landscaped with new vegetation and irrigation, or with stamped concrete. New light poles feature LED lighting; some north and south berms have been removed.
Over the past eight years, GO Bond funding has been incredibly important in helping the college fund critical health, safety, security and infrastructure projects, including:
- Sidewalk additions and repairs
- Repaving aging and damaged campus roads and parking lots
- Asbestos abatement and roof repairs
- Installing or replacing aging, inefficient heating and cooling systems
- Upgrading aging water systems and campus drainage
- Increasing the number of safety and security personnel on campus
- Enhancing lighting across the campuses
- Installing campus security alarm and camera systems
- Implementing an emergency notification system
Because of this funding, the NNMC campus now offers a much better, safer learning experience and environment for staff and faculty.
Thanks to funding from the 2014 GO Bond, San Juan College continued paving the way to success in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs to help students prepare for competitive high-tech careers. In 2017 construction began, and in 2018 San Juan College opened the newly renovated School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering. The renovated school includes a new anatomy and physiology lab and a new computer lab as well as updated physics, biology, chemistry, microbiology, geology and general-purpose classrooms and office space. The project also entailed modernizing the College’s radio station, KSJE, and the Planetarium.
In 2016, San Juan College used GO Bond funds for critical restroom upgrades campuswide that included ADA accessibility. In 2018, GO Bond funds were used to demolish an out-of-date, 30-year-old fire tower to allow for future expansion and repair the 34-year-old roof of the Information Technology Center, which houses classrooms and the College’s computer server room.
The College operates a highly successful Controlled Environment Agriculture Program which was funded by the 2014 GO Bond. The program includes a hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouse and classroom that serves as a living laboratory for students to learn how to operate and manage a safe food supply. Before the pandemic, produce was provided for students to use in the College’s Culinary Arts labs. When the campus closed due to COVID-19, a student-initiated project to grow and deliver greens to area households began and has helped contribute to more than 50,000 free, fresh meals distributed to community members in partnership with World Central Kitchen.
The College’s Culinary Arts labs were renovated using 2016 GO Bond funds to repair an old, damaged roof with a roofing system that is Energy Star Rated, low odor and low VOC (volatile organic compound), keeping thousands of cubic feet of debris out of the landfill by not replacing the roof entirely. These labs allow students to continue learning the cooking and sanitation skills needed to successfully work in or manage a restaurant, café or food truck in today’s COVID-19 environment.
The Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) is one of three major education institutions in Santa Fe opened in the late 1800s (the others are New Mexico School for the Deaf and Saint Michael’s High School). Established in 1890, SFIS has placed an emphasis on enabling quality education for Native students by providing facilities that are safe and provide the best learning environment possible. The SFIS board and the school have worked tirelessly at securing funding and recently used GO Bond funds to make critical upgrades that provide safe and secure ingress and egress to and from the school. Since it is located on one of the busiest road/boulevards in the state, Cerrillos Road, this has been a major focus for the last three years. SFIS completely designed and built a new entrance to the school.
In 2018, SFIS used GO Bond funding to complete construction of a new Health Education Building with classrooms that promote distance learning/teleconferencing as well as technology labs placing an emphasis on teaching Native language programs from many of the tribes in which our students reside.
The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired used 2016 GO Bond funds for design and engineering services to renovate Garrett Dormitory and to purchase playground equipment. The existing dormitory building needs to be replaced due to deteriorating underground utilities and passages that are unsafe. Therefore, the building will soon be demolished with a new, safe, modern building taking its place. Previous bond funding paid for overall health and safety improvements and upgrades to early childhood programs in other parts of the state.
GO Bond funding in 2018 enabled the Farris Engineering Center to provide safe, updated learning environments that encourage innovation and research. This facility houses the School of Engineering departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer Science and Nuclear Engineering. Upgrades included adding classroom and laboratory space as well as renovating existing space, designing the basement space for future expansion and adding energy-efficient LED lighting, mechanical and electrical equipment to achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy use.
In 2016, GO Bond funding helped create the Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Facility to improve the way students and faculty conduct research and to serve as a hub for cross-discipline collaboration on campus. Construction began in March 2018, and the building was completed in December 2019. A formal, virtual ribbon-cutting is planned in the fall of 2020.
The UNM -Taos campus used 2016 GO Bond funds to plan, design, construct, equip and furnish the original Technical Career Center, which was built in 2007, as well as an addition. A computer technology lab/classroom, computer classrooms and program support were also added. This project completed the Business and Computer Technology Career Education Center, which prepares students for local and state employment. It was completed in August 2018.
The focus of 2018 GO Bond funding was the renovation of the Science Technology Engineering and Math Center. Completed in December 2019, the project expanded the Klauer campus offerings in Biology (non-health sciences), Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Technology. It now accommodates a multiuse study space, math learning lab, faculty/staff offices, laboratories for physical and biological sciences and Computer Sciences classrooms, as well as a Science on a Sphere display to help illustrate Earth’s system science to people of all ages.
In 2014, the UNM-Valencia campus began repairs and updates to HVAC-related (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) infrastructure (piping, pumps and electrical service), both to keep current systems operational and to prepare the systems to connect to the campuswide chiller plant.
In 2016, UNM-Valencia began repairs to update the campus’ information technology infrastructure to meet UNM design and industry standards. The bond money provided better technology to maintain faster and more reliable IT usage.