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ENMU-R starts work on major building project

The new building at ENMU-R will house custodial, grounds, facilities management and maintenance crews. This rendering is from the architectural firm of Dekker Perich Sabatini. (Submitted Graphic)

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Construction of the first major building project at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell campus in eight years is underway.

The new physical plant building is going up south of West Mathis Street, behind the Quonset huts that now house facilities and maintenance staff and equipment. The new project, sometimes referred to as a maintenance building, will replace the Quonset huts and will be for the school’s custodial, carpentry, grounds, facilities management and electrical, plumbing and general maintenance functions.

“It is exciting to go down there and see the backhoes digging the ditches and getting the foundation work ready for the building,” said Shawn Powell, president of ENMU-Roswell. “The maintenance and physical plant buildings just need to be replaced.”

According to an ENMU-R Facilities Master Plan, the Quonset huts were built about 1954 when that part of the campus was the Walker Air Base.

A Nov. 18 groundbreaking ceremony for the new building could not be held due to COVID-19 restrictions, said Powell, but construction began at that time. The project is expected to take from 10 to 12 months to complete.

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The one-story, 14,419-square-foot metal building is being paid for largely by ENMU-R capital reserve funds, which total about $16 million. Construction costs will be somewhere around $6.3 million, according to a legal ad about the construction-manager-at-risk contract, which was awarded to Bradbury Stamm Construction Inc. of Albuquerque.

Powell said the new project is the first new facility built on the campus since 2012, when the student services building, or Student Success Center, was erected. But it is just the first of many projects to come.

“This is the first of a series of construction projects,” Powell said. “We will have construction ongoing on campus for the next year.”

The campus intends to start the $3 million to $4 million renovation of its automotive and welding instructional building in January or February, paid for by state general obligation bonds. That project also is scheduled to take 10 to 12 months.

The school also will do safety renovations for the Performing Arts Center, estimated to cost from $250,000 to $300,000; replace cooling towers and associated equipment for about $481,000; and upgrade electrical panels for about $312,000.

According to the Facility Master Plan, these ongoing and imminent projects are part of about $22 million in infrastructure and building upgrades deemed important to complete by 2025.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.