Major Project to Result in Safer, More Appealing Route to Busy Part of Main Campus

May 5, 2015 -- The north section of the Student Services Center parking is currently closed to vehicles beginning as a major construction project continues. The project is creating a safer and more appealing walkway for students to reach Max Salazar Hall and the Student Services Center from the University Blvd./Basehart Rd. intersection.
July 16, 2015

The pedestrian area between the Student Services Center and Max Salazar Hall has been closed for construction, but it will reopen before the Fall Term begins Aug. 31. 

In addition to creating safer routes for students to enter Main Campus from the busy Basehart Rd./University Blvd. intersection, the $3.7 million Sight and Safety Improvement Project (Wayfinding) will also improve signage to make it easier for students and visitors to navigate the campus. 

“This project aims to make the entrance to Main Campus on the east side of University Blvd. more safe for students, especially for the many students who cross University from the free parking lots on the west side of University Blvd. around Smith Brasher Hall.,” said Marvin Martinez, the CNM project manager. “There will be a new walkway through the parking lots clearly designated for pedestrians so students have safe passage through a busy vehicle area.”

During the construction, the Basehart entrance to MS and SSC will be closed. The only entry and exit routes will be on the south side of the SSC parking lot. Drivers will not be able to turn left on University, only right, from the south entrance. Traffic on University will not be affected. 

The SSC parking lot will reopen in the Fall Term as a paid parking lot. copy5_of_canopy3.jpg

Along the canopy-covered walkway will be an area for food trucks to set up, as well as permanent raised garden beds that will add color for students’ treks from University Blvd. to MS and SSC.

“We can thank the faculty members of the CNM ‘Composting to Gardening Team’ for the garden boxes,” said Carson Bennett, CNM’s Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison. “It was their idea, and the architects included the gardens in the final design. Faculty in biology, geography, culinary arts and chemistry are planning to use the gardens as living labs in their classes.”

Another part of the project is to improve signage, including locator maps, to help students
more easily find buildings. The signage part of the project will also include more visible signs
on the actual buildings across Main Campus.