UNM's Science and Mathematics Learning Center
UNM's Science and Mathematics Learning Center
Credit: © Jesse T. K. Hesch

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) of New Mexico announced that UNM’s Science & Math Learning Center (SMLC) Phase II project will receive the 2016 Best Building Award for projects between $2.5 and $5 million. The awards will be presented Thiursday, March 18 at the Sandia Resort & Casino.

Completed after 365 days of construction, this project demonstrates the teamwork, problem-solving, and construction knowledge needed both by the contractor who performed the work, and the UNM staff at Planning, Design, and Construction (PDC).  Together, they were able to deliver a state-of-the-art facility for students, faculty, and staff.

Franken Construction, the contractor who performed the construction, said, “We value projects like the Science & Math Learning Center Phase II because of its complex design and the inventive approaches to construction that it required.” Franken Construction was also named an AGC winner in Construction Management for this project as well.

UNM’s Science & Math Learning Center (SMLC) Phase II project.

SMLC Phase II was a three-story new construction project, designed by Van H. Gilbert Architects, P.C., which added 12,450 square feet to the existing Science & Math Learning Center.  Building in the heart of the UNM campus is challenging with the high levels of traffic, safety expectations, and rigorous work required to build a structure such as this.

Michael Reid, UNM project manager with PDC says, “The Franken project team was very professional, experienced, successful and, at the same time, very personable.  The project was delivered on time and within budget and it was a pleasure working with them.”