The College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education have partnered to spearhead a collaborative project designed to improve pedagogical learning environments that faculty from across the university can utilize for instruction and demonstration purposes. Phase II of the College of Education's expansion includes $5 million from Bond D to replace obsolete classrooms and provide innovative classrooms, class labs and computer-enabled spaces to meet changing requirements all designed to improve student success, higher retention and graduation rates and to provide improved distance-learning capabilities for both Colleges.
UNM needs replacement classrooms for those built over 30 years ago, which are obsolete. They were designed and built to support out-dated pedagogy. The sizes, configuration, and infrastructure do not support changing pedagogy. This project would house learning spaces designed to provide new collaborative pedagogical learning environments that faculty from across the university can use.
The goal of this facility is to spur interdisciplinary learning opportunities, especially in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education, and encourage faculty from across UNM to co-construct and co-teach new, innovative courses. The expansion replaces 27,000 sq. ft. of education classrooms and will advance UNM's carbon neutral strategy to replace and or rehabilitate obsolete energy wasting facilities.
Consistent with the UNM Master Plan, this project also implements the second phase of construction for replacement space for the College of Education. The building, which would be used primarily for instruction and instructional support, would be located adjacent to Travelstead Hall. It's anticipated to be a multi-storied building with approximately 49,000 GSF at a cost of $18 million and would include shared-use classrooms, class laboratories, six computer pods, and academic support space.
These experimental learning spaces will serve as a model for the state of New Mexico and data will be generated on their overall utilization for purposes of identifying increases in student retention. The reconfigurable, virtual learning spaces will provide a new platform for instruction and increase the transformability and utility of classrooms across multiple disciplines. The classrooms will also be used for distance education to expand student opportunities across the state. Some trial courses have already led to an increase in retention and illustrate how faculty can work collaboratively to mount new instruction.
The project will be designed and built to a minimum of LEED Silver Standards and satisfy LEED silver energy consumption target reductions.