Montoya Campus J Building Renovation Gains Traction

Montoya Campus J Building Renovation Gains Traction

Feb 21, 2017

Parts of the J Building on Montoya Campus have been reduced to rubble as renovation plans prepare to take form for a state-of-the-art learning facility. The renovated J Building is expected to be complete and ready for occupation prior to the 2018 Fall Term. 

The renovated building and associated plaza will provide the Montoya Campus with a new space that will act as a student activity magnet. The new building will include a learning commons area that will include the library and spaces for tutoring, a computer lab and study area. There will be a dental assistant lab, cosmetology lab, two chemistry labs, a computer classroom, four general-use classrooms and faculty offices. The building will also house a multi-purpose room similar to the Richard Barr Boardroom in the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. And the outdoor plaza will create a more welcoming gather space and better flow between buildings.

Davis noted that one of the goals for the renovated J Building is to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating.

“We plan to obtain this through the use of careful storm water management and a thoughtful site layout to enhance opportunities for vegetation and occupant comfort,” said Jennie Davis, facilities project manager for CNM’s Physical Plant Department. ”High efficiency materials and components, such as reflective roofing, an energy-efficient HVAC system, low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient LED lighting will also be selected to enhance the LEED effort.”

The J Building was originally designed and built in 1979, with an addition on the north side constructed in 1995.

The northern portion of the building has been demolished. In order to address the elevation changes on the campus, a smaller, rectangular addition will be built where the northern portion of the building stood, minimizing the J Building’s footprint. The new building will be 44,702 square feet – 10,900 square feet smaller than the original building.

During the renovation, the library and tutoring areas have been relocated to the K Building. Classes are rescheduled in other buildings.

Serving as architects for the project is RMKM Architecture. The contractor is Jaynes Corporation. The total project cost is $12 million.