Now that most of the students have let campus for the summer, traffic has slowed down and that means constructions projects have ramped up.
Crews are actively working on new construction projects, street improvements, grounds and landscape renovations, and parking lot repairs.
New construction, remodel and renovation
Currently, UNM is going through the second largest capital project outlay in school history. There is a substantial investment to acquire, construct, repair, and upgrade the unique and beautiful campus.
Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Building (PAÍS)
Since the official ground breaking in the winter of 2017, great progress has been made in the construction of the new Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science (PAÍS) facility located on UNM's main campus—north of Central Avenue on the north side of Redondo Drive.
When the facility is completed and begins occupancy in fall 2019, PAÍS will be a state-of-the-art iconic facility serving as a hub of innovation and research while providing space for students, faculty and staff to collaborate on many of the leading interdisciplinary issues facing the world today. Its construction was made possible by General Obligation (GO) Bond money approved by New Mexico voters in 2016 and 2017 UNM bonds.
Johnson Center expansion and remodel
The Johnson Center Expansion & Renovation (JCER) project is a combination of new construction, demolition and partial renovation to the existing 300,000 Gross Square Feet (GSF) of Johnson Center. The JCER project contains a total of 110,832 GSF with 53,632 GSF of new space and 57,200 GSF of renovated space. The project began construction in June 2018 and is expected to be completed in spring of 2020.
Grounds & Landscape
The Grounds & Landscaping division of UNM Facilities Management is responsible for maintaining the campus arboretum, grounds, and water features, as well as campus streets and sidewalks. Although crews work year-round to maintain the beautiful campus environment, summer is the best opportunity to complete a larger number of projects without causing disruption to campus visitors.
If you observe campus activities that are damaging to the landscape, notify the Grounds & Landscaping manager at 505-277-0615.
Parking lot maintenance
UNM Parking & Transportation Services (PATS) provides reliable and orderly access to the University. In addition to managing UNM’s shuttle system and regulating parking, PATS is also responsible for maintaining the various parking lots and garages on campus.
Several parking areas are scheduled to undergo minor repair and maintenance work in the coming months—June through August. Repair work is scheduled for the following areas:
- Yale Parking Structure: repainting of stop lines and yellow speed bumps
- RIO parking lot: Crack fill, seal coat, and striping maintenance
- PSC parking lot: Crack fill and restriping of parking spaces
- M parking lot: Crack fill and restriping of parking spaces
- M Lot- Family Practice: Crack fill, seal coat, and striping maintenance
- South parking lot, Stadium East: Hot patch asphalt repair on curve.
High traffic event
Later this summer on Saturday, July 20, main campus will experience high-traffic related to the Route 66 Summerfest, a free large-scale music event held in Nob Hill.
For the most up-to-date information on projects that will impact parking, traffic, and transportation, visit UNM Parking & Transportation’s main webpage or follow the department on social media, @UNMPATS on Facebook and Twitter.