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NMSU to receive $31 million for improvements


New Mexico State University (NMSU) will reap about $31 million in statewide bond funds for improvements and construction across its network of campuses.

Voters approved $156 million for critical safety and infrastructure improvements at New Mexico’s 33 public colleges, universities, and special schools via General Obligation Bond C for higher education.  

NMSU’s allocations will be used as follows:

Main campus: Plan, design, construct, renovate, furnish and equip improvements to science and engineering facilities for agricultural research, including abatement and demolition. Plan, design, construct, renovate, furnish and equip information technology infrastructure upgrades and a new infrastructure and information technology building ($21 million). 
Doña Ana Community College: Plan, design, construct, furnish and equip a creative campus media building and plan design, construct, furnish, equip, repair and renovate classroom improvements, security and surveillance site infrastructure, exterior locks and lighting and information technology upgrades ($1.86 million). 

Alamogordo campus: Plan, design, construct, renovate and repair duct work and boiler-feed lines in classroom buildings. Plan, design, construct, renovate, furnish and equip the physical plant building ($1.8 million). 
Carlsbad campus: Plan, design, construct, furnish and equip campus wide infrastructure, and parking lot and site improvements, including roofs and accessibility compliance ($1.5 million). 
Grants campus: Plan, design, construct, furnish and equip upgrades, including exterior stucco and site improvements, to Martinez Hall ($1.3 million). 
NMSU Agricultural Centers Statewide: Plan, design, construct, renovate, furnish and equip improvements, including abatement and demolition ($3 million). 
During the Nov. 3 election, 65 percent of voters approved the funds, which are set to create approximately 1,500 new jobs in construction, architecture and related fields in 23 cities and 21 counties across New Mexico in the upcoming year. The funding will allow colleges, universities and schools to repair and renovate their facilities, improve safety and update their technology, according to a press release from the state.  

 “The passage of BOND C by an overwhelming majority of voters speaks to the importance of our colleges and universities to communities across the state,” Acting Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said. “I thank voters, the GO Bond C campaign committee, and our higher education leaders and partners for ensuring that student safety and success remains at the forefront in New Mexico.” 

Other universities in line for funding include Central New Mexico Community College, Clovis Community College, Diné College, Eastern New Mexico University, Institute of American Indian Arts, Luna Community College, Mesalands Community College, Navajo Technical University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Junior College, New Mexico Military Institute, New Mexico School for the Deaf, New Mexico School for the Blind, Northern New Mexico College, San Juan College, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Indian School, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, University of New Mexico and Western New Mexico University. 

For more information about how GO Bond C for higher education will impact New Mexico, visit www.bondc4nm.com.