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Construction Begins on New Building at Westside Campus

The ground is broken and the foundation is being poured for the newest addition to the CNM Westside Campus. The new building, 'Westside Phase III,' is expected to be completed in about a year and is expected to be the student services hub of the Westside Campus.

Aug 30, 2016

July 2011
 

The ground is broken and the foundation is being poured for the newest addition to the CNM Westside Campus. The new building, 'Westside Phase III,' is expected to be completed in about a year and is expected to be the student services hub of the Westside Campus.

"It will be similar (in function) to the Student Resource Center at Main Campus," said Guadalupe 'Lou' Castillo, Director of Construction Services and Project Manager for the building.

Westside Phase III will be the new home of the Library and the Assistance Centers for Education. It will also house classrooms, an earth and planetary science lab, a computer lab and art and music studio classrooms.

In line with CNM's sustainability commitments, Westside Phase III is designed to meet at least Silver certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The building will feature large windows with special screening to maximize the benefits of natural lighting to reduce electricity usage. Much of the energy for the building will come from geothermal wells beneath the building, which use ground water at a temperature of about 68 degrees to help heat the building in the winter and cool it in the summer, a feature that recently helped to earn the Rio Rancho Campus LEED Gold certification, making it the largest higher education building in the state to earn Gold certification.

Architecturally, Westside Phase III will blend well with the other two buildings on the campus, but with a more modern look, Castillo said.

"I think it will be a destination for students," he said.

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