Science & Math Learning Center ribbon cutting

The new UNM Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics Learn­ing Cen­ter was formally opened on Friday, March 4 with a short ribbon cutting ceremony and the traditional speeches. The 62,000 square foot build­ing houses class­rooms and teach­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries for the Depart­ments of Biol­ogy, Math­e­mat­ics and Sta­tis­tics, Chem­istry and Chem­i­cal Biol­ogy, and Earth and Plan­e­tary Sciences. It also houses staff and fac­ulty offices for the Math­e­mat­ics and Sta­tis­tics Department.

Dean of the Col­lege of Arts & Sci­ences Brenda Clai­borne said, "I'm very excited to see the vision of the Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics Learn­ing Cen­ter come to life. We were for­tu­nate to have a ded­i­cated and tal­ented team of fac­ulty, staff and archi­tects who remained focused on the essen­tial func­tions of the Learn­ing Cen­ter through­out the plan­ning and design process. Not only does the cen­ter pro­vide fully equipped teach­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries and class­rooms aimed at engag­ing fresh­men and sopho­mores in sci­ence and math­e­mat­ics, but it also pro­vides spaces for stu­dents to inter­act in a more infor­mal way with each other and with fac­ulty mentors."

The building has already received LEED Silver certification.  Architect Van Gilbert says they have applied for LEED Gold certification.

View a slideshow of the opening.


UNM Regent Don Chalmers

UNM Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs Richard Holder

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