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ENMU-R selects architect for security project

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ASA Architects will handle the design for a campus security project for Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.

The ENMU Board of Regents approved a decision by ENMU-Roswell to give the work to the firm during the group’s Friday meeting, according to Shawn Powell, president of the Roswell college.

He said the design work will be about $165,000 of the $2.3 million project, which will involve adding and upgrading exterior lighting on the campus and installing new security cameras and related equipment.

Powell said that typically architectural work is about 9% of a project. For a few reasons, the architectural work for this project will represent only 7% of total costs.

One of those reasons is that Hal Barnett, a vice president of ASA Architects and the principal officer of the Roswell office, already has done some preliminary work.

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That’s because the project originally had been funded by a 2014 general obligation (GO) bond. But the college was given permission to divert those funds to install a sprinkler system for a building after the Early College High School began to use the facility.

“This project has kind of been on hold,” Powell said, “and Hal Barnett had drawings from about seven or eight years ago.”

Powell added that the college community is eager to see the project completed.

“It is important,” he said. “It is designed to increase safety and security on campus.”

Part of the funding for the project comes from state capital outlay funds that became available in December. Another $1.8 million is from the 2020 higher education GO bond that New Mexico voters approved in November.

The update to the drawings is expected to begin about April 5, Powell said. He is not sure when the actual installation and work will begin. Other projects underway on the campus include the construction of a metal physical plant building and the renovation of the automotive and welding building.

ASA Architects is the firm that worked with the college on developing its 2020-2025 campus master facilities plan. Powell said that Barnett also assisted in 2019 in developing some information on behalf of the college that was presented to the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

According to the firm’s website, ASA Architects started in Roswell in 1968 and now has offices in Las Cruces and El Paso as well. It specializes in school design and public projects and has worked on several local projects, including for the Roswell Independent School District.

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.