Major Renovation and Construction Underway

Nov. 21, 2017 -- Two major construction projects will begin in February that will transform the landscape of CNM’s Main Campus – the renovation of Max Salazar Hall, CNM’s largest instructional building, and the construction of the new CNM-APS-NACA Joint-Use Building that will be erected just south of Ken Chappy Hall. Both projects were made possible by voter-approved bonds.
Major Renovation and Construction  Underway

Nov 21, 2017

Max Salazar Hall (MS) will be vacated after the Fall Term and all faculty and staff offices will be relocated until the building’s scheduled reopening for the 2020 Spring Term. Most faculty and staff from the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) who are currently located in MS will move to the first floor of the Ted Martinez Building on the north end of Main Campus in January. The CHSS achievement coach , advisor and Early Childhood program specialist will move to the Student Services Center. Faculty and staff from the School of Math, Science & Engineering who were in MS have already moved to the second floor of Smith Brasher Hall.

Demolition of MS will begin in February – the only parts of MS that will remain will be the newly renovated restrooms. Classes normally held in MS will be disbursed across the other instructional buildings on Main Campus.

Due to the MS construction work, a portion of the SSC/MS parking lot will be closed and the food trucks will be moved to Smith Brasher Hall, the Student Resource Center and a location on the north end of campus yet to be determined.

Once the renovation is complete, MS will have 118,000 square-feet of space, a 25,000 square-foot increase over the current building that will allow for more spacious classrooms and a welcoming new entrance on the west side of the building. MS will house 53 classrooms, three computer labs and several “agility spaces” where students can study or relax, which will reduce congestion in hallways compared to the current MS layout. MS will remain a five-story building with faculty and staff from CHSS, MSE and SAGE housed in an open-office concept on the fifth floor. The MS renovation has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level of LEED certification.

CNM-APS-NACA Joint-Use Building

CNM is partnering with Albuquerque Public Schools and the Native American Community Academy, an APS charter school, on the CNM-APS-NACA Joint-Use Building. Construction will begin in February. It will become the new home of the College & Career High School, the Native American Community Academy and CNM’s Teacher Education programs within the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences.

The building will be located just south of Ken Chappy Hall and on the north end of the current Upper SSC Parking Lot. The Upper SSC Parking Lot will be closed for construction efforts beginning Jan. 8 and won’t reopen until the 2019 Fall Term, when the Joint-Use Building is scheduled to open. The BMX Parking Lot will remain open during construction and additional parking spaces for those with disabilities will be available in the Physical Plant Department Lot 3, just south of the Student Resource Center.

The Joint-Use Building will be a 4-story, 80,000 square-foot facility designed to meet LEED Silver certification. It will house 32 classrooms, a large student commons area and a multi-purpose room for large events. Each floor of the building will have large outdoor terraces for students and employees. On the fourth floor, the roof terrace will include large, raised planters for student and employee use, much like the planters located south of MS.