Bond Funds for Capital Projects Continually Improving CNM Infrastructure

June 22, 2017 -- Every day at CNM, a wide variety of major capital projects that were approved by voters through bond elections are being carried out to improve facilities and the technological infrastructure of the college.
June 22, 2017

Some are easy to spot, such as the Smith Brasher Hall and J Building renovations. And some are not so obvious, such as the “Access Control” project that’s giving CNM the technological capability to automatically lockdown buildings to improve campus safety.

But all of these major capital projects have one thing in common – they’re funded through either state or local bonds that have been approved by voters through elections. All of the CNM projects that are included for public funding in bond elections are identified well before the bond elections take place with a pre-determined funding allocation. Per state law, higher education institutions can only use bond funding for the pre-determined capital improvements, which are limited to facility and technology improvements. Colleges and universities are strictly prohibited by state law from using bond funds for operational costs, such as employee salaries or benefits.

Thanks to high public confidence in CNM, voters have been very supportive of CNM localDemolition of J Building. bond elections that specifically fund CNM capital projects. Since the college opened in 1965, every CNM local bond election has been passed by voters. Across New Mexico, voters have also been highly supportive of statewide bond elections that provide capital funding to all New Mexico public colleges and universities, including CNM.

CNM bond projects, as well as the bond projects for other education institutions, have an energizing effect on the economy.  Not only do voter-approved bonds for capital projects represent an investment in our state’s future, but the bonds themselves are an economic “shot-in-the-arm” that provide much-needed job creation in the professions related to construction, design and technology. Per state law, in-state companies are given preference in the awarding of public contracts, which increases the economic impact in New Mexico. Studies show that for every $1 spent on capital construction in higher education, the overall economy realizes a $3 to $5 benefit.

New J BuildingHere are the projects that are currently taking place at CNM that are being funded by voter-approved bonds:

Access Control ($4.8 million)
Implementation of an automated solution for managing entry and lockdown of internal and external doors in CNM buildings for an improved campus safety environment.

Smith Brasher Hall Renovation ($24.6 million)
When the renovation is complete and the building reopens in August, Smith Brasher Hall will have 11 general classrooms, 10 computer lab classrooms, new faculty and staff space, an enlarged Business Resource Center, an upgraded auditorium and a new, highly efficient HVAC system.

J Building Renovation ($16.6 million)
The renovated building will include a learning commons area that will include the library and spaces for tutoring, a computer lab and study area. There will be a dental assistant lab, cosmetology lab, two chemistry labs, a computer classroom, four general-use classrooms and faculty offices. The building will also house a multi-purpose room similar to the Richard Barr Boardroom in the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. And the outdoor plaza will create a more welcoming gather space and better flow between buildings.

Max Salazar Hall Renovation ($18.7 million)
The project will include a full renovation of Max Salazar Hall. Design planning is in the final stages. Construction work will begin in January 2018.

CNM/APS/NACA Facility ($35 million – CNM and APS splitting the cost, $17.5 million apiece)
Project includes the development of a joint-use facility to house classrooms, labs, offices and other auxiliary spaces to support the College & Career High School, the Native American Community Academy, CNM’s Education program and other dual credit/high school initiatives.

Site & Safety Improvements for Montoya Campus, South Valley Campus, Rio Rancho Campus, Westside Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Workforce Training Center ($7.9 million)
Installation of new entrance markers and new way-finding signage for buildings to improve navigation of campuses and sites. Project also includes enhanced street and city markers to provide community, students and first responders with easier access to the campuses and sites, which will also enhance the safety of students, employees and visitors.

Art Facility Renovation/Relocation ($3.2 million)
Renovation or relocation of art facilities on Main Campus to better accommodate student needs. Project is still in the planning stages.