While most University of New Mexico students were relaxing and enjoying the summer, UNM Institutional Support Services (ISS) and Physical Plant Department (PPD) were hard at work renovating and repairing multiple areas around campus.
One of the largest enhancements to campus, headed by ISS’s Planning and Campus Development Department and campus Landscape Architect Sue Mortier, were renovations to lower Johnson Field by the Casas Del Rio dorms. The project took the better part of the summer to complete and resulted in a brand new basketball court with fresh concrete and upgraded hoops; two new volleyball courts; one NCAA regulation size and another smaller ‘fun’ size court. PPD planted shade trees and green grass to improve the aesthetics of the area.
PPD headed up most projects on campus this summer, installing new LED light fixtures in the University and Advisement Enrichment Center (UAEC); new concrete at the main entrance to Northrup Hall; new brick inlays at Basic Med on north campus and a new concrete on the sidewalk and stairs on the north side of the Anderson School of Management. The changes may seem small, but projects like this are what keep UNM functional and attractive.
PPD undertook the large scale project to re-stucco Hokona Hall. According to Rachel Stone, PPD communication and outreach specialist, “It looks amazing.”
Irrigation enhancements were made to Yale Mall, the Physics and Astronomy building, Mailing Systems, the UNM Bookstore and the Anthropology Annex. “Significant efficiency improvements and water savings were the benefits of these projects,” Stone said.
Stone also spoke about the challenges of maintaining a large campus with more than 400 buildings. "The Physical Plant Department takes pride in being the stewards of our campus. We operate at a high level to provide a clean, comfortable, beautiful and functional campus for our faculty, staff and students," she said.