CNM's Westside I Receives Architectural Award

CNM’s Westside I building has received a Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Merit Award in Architecture.
CNM's Westside I Receives Architectural Award

Apr 21, 2016

The SCUP awards program recognizes excellence in planning, design and implementation efforts of firms and institutions from across the country.

“We are truly honored to be recognized for creating an inviting building that encourages student interaction, study and socializing,” said Luis Campos, Executive Director of Physical Plant. 

A learning commons area is one of the featured highlights of the building, where the Library and tutoring center are integrated through an open lab setting. Some other features include an earth and planetary science lab, an art studio and kilns, an open computer lab, a piano classroom with 20 pianos, private study areas for individuals and groups, a technology round table for group work, a café and a bookstore. There are also six classrooms and a lecture hall that seats 100.

The building, which opened in 2013, is also designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It features large windows with special screening to maximize the benefits of natural lighting to reduce electricity usage. Geothermal wells beneath the building, which tap into ground water that stays at about 68 degrees year round, are used to help heat the building in the winter and cool it in the summer. 

Westside I was one of 14 college and university buildings to receive Merit Awards. The award will be presented at the Annual International Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 9-13.

Firms involved in building and designing Westside I were Gould Evans, Design Plus, Jaynes Corporation, Bridgers & Paxton, RMEabq, and Wilson Engineers.