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ENMU-R tentatively plans $20.2 million in projects

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The Child Development Center at ENMU-R is one building on campus designated at this time as needing a sprinkler system in coming years. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is getting a jump on the future and asking the Board of Regents to approve a draft list of $20.2 million in capital projects through the year 2023.
ENMU-R, like other public universities, is required to submit capital project priorities to New Mexico Higher Education Department each year. These are projects that could be funded by general obligation bonds issued by the state in future years, if the Higher Education Department approves them.
ENMU-R administrators chose not to comment because the list and information are subject to change. Universities must present capital project funding requests at a June 28 hearing for them to become final.
However, ENMU-R is scheduled to ask approval for the tentative list at a Saturday afternoon meeting in Portales of the ENMU Board of Regents.
At this time, ENMU-R’s top priorities for 2018-19 are $2.5 million for sprinkler systems for three buildings on the campus and $5 million for renovation of a building used for automotive and welding programs. The three buildings identified in need of sprinkler systems by the state fire marshal, according to ENMU-R documents, are the Child Development Center, the Instructional Center and the Learning Resource Center.
For 2019-20, ENMU-R wants to repair its existing Physical Plant building at an estimated cost of $2 million. The following year, 2020-21, ENMU-R would like to create a new $2.5 million central, secure facility for university archives. The building would replace existing campus structures.
In 2021-22, the top priority is a $3 million upgrade of the campus electrical grid, originally created in 1940.
In 2022-23, the university plans to build a $5.2 million Physical Plant facility to replace the Quonset huts erected more than 50 years ago for the Walker Air Base. The university intends to pay 50 percent of the costs of the 14,350 square-foot steel building, according to university documents.
Voters approved state-issued bonds in November that provided funding for public university projects statewide. ENMU-R will receive $1 million for classroom upgrades and about $20,612 for library materials, equipment and online databases from those bonds.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.