A needed renovation that passed as part of a bond issue in 2015 will break ground this Friday, September 20, 2019.
The Gadsden III renovation will provide classrooms, laboratories, a computer lab, a faculty office and a student area for the Gadsden Center, one of the busiest centers in the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Community College System. Earlier this year, the New Mexico Higher Education Department approved the $6 million construction project to move forward after it was put on hold in 2016. The project has been scaled back from an original 18,000 square foot project to a 10,300 square foot facility.
The addition of the two science laboratories will allow for the addition of physics, geology and microbiology courses as well as expanded offerings in biology and chemistry. The addition of the labs will allow DACC to offer additional STEM electives needed for the Associate of Science degree as well as provide opportunities to prepare pre-health majors for competitive entry into allied health and nursing programs.
Construction of the building will also allow DACC to retire two aging portable buildings that are currently leased to support student attendance at the center. In addition, improvements to the domestic water system will provide larger capacity and booster pumps to supply the existing facility and serve the proposed building with fire suppression. The original school was built in 2000 and renovated in 2009.
The building is scheduled to be complete by August, 2020. The NMSU Board of Regents passed the project in October, 2015.
What: Ground Breaking for Gadsden Center Renovation
Where: Gadsden Center, 1700 East O’Hara Road
When: 10 am, Friday, September 20
Who: DACC President Dr. Mónica Torres and local dignitaries