This is an exterior view of the east facade of the Center for the Arts. The facility is scheduled to be complete by December.
New Mexico State Universitys Facilities and Services remains busy year-round with construction and repair projects, and this year is no different. There are approximately 175 projects under way or recently completed at NMSU campuses around the state some priced at only a few hundred dollars and others, like the Center for the Arts in Las Cruces, several million dollars.
On the Las Cruces campus, the Chamisa II student housing complex is now complete and certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its the first multi-family home structure in New Mexico to achieve this status.
The Center for the Arts is a three-story, state-of-the-art academic building with more than 400 seats in its performance space for theater and dance, complete with an orchestra pit and trap room, orchestra level, two balconies and fly tower. The building also features a large rehearsal room, classrooms, office and back-of-the-house support areas. The projects scheduled completion date is in December, just in time to be named a New Mexico State Centennial Building.
The Las Cruces campus recently finished construction of a satellite chilled water facility, which increased cooling capacity for the growing campus.
Construction is wrapping up on the $18 million classroom and lab construction project at NMSUs Dona Ana Community College East Mesa campus. Phases 6 and 7 of this project will accommodate public service programs, culinary arts education and general studies, along with office space for faculty.
Among the projects at Alamogordo, the Classroom Building remodel was completed this summer, turning three classrooms into computer labs with instructor stations.
The Reidlinger Science Building received heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades for the administrative portion of the building.
The Professional Technical Education (Protech) Building also was renovated, including minor demolition and replacement of the roofing membrane and skylights, interior renovations and mechanical and electrical improvements.
At the Carlsbad campus, crews completed a classroom renovation, turning a classroom formerly used for nursing instruction into a standard classroom.
New fixtures, partitions, tile and accessories were installed in the restrooms on the first and second floors of the Administration and Vocational Building and the Main Instructional Building.
An outdoor canopy project to cover the open courtyard surrounded by the Main Administration and Vocational Building is scheduled for summer 2013. This space will be used for outdoor activities once shaded.
NMSU Grants has teamed up with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to complete paving repairs in the McClure Hall parking lot.
The Grants Library and Martinez Hall got new carpeting, gutters and downspouts this past summer.
Two 60-ton chillers were replaced this summer, improving energy efficiency and building cooling conditions, along with improving air quality.