As in years past, to conserve both financial and environmental resources, The University of New Mexico and the Facilities Management Department (FM) will implement the Winter Setback Program across campus.

The program, which will run from Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, calls for lowering temperatures in many campus buildings while they are unoccupied during the semester break. FM and Lobo Energy, Inc. have identified the areas of most energy savings and will work with the occupants whose workspace must remain at normal levels due to sensitive research or lab environments.

Year after year, FM has been working to upgrade energy control systems on campus, enabling the monitoring of building conditions and allowing necessary adjustments in order to maximize energy savings. With annual energy costs at approximately $18 million, UNM’s winter break represents a significant opportunity to take full advantage of the control systems, saving the University thousands of dollars in utility costs.

For more information on campus energy management, review University Administrative Policy #5100.

Additionally during UNM’s winter break, many departments on campus will be closed or have abbreviated hours throughout this time. UNM recommends to campus visitors to check the hours of the office / area you plan to visit.

Below is a list of hours for some key areas and departments around campus during winter break.

  • Information Technologies: IT computer labs will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan 2. Spring Semester IT Pod and Computer Classroom hours begin Jan. 21. For IT-related issues, emergencies or outages, call 505-277-5757 and leave a message.
  • Zimmerman Library: will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. Regular Spring Semester Hours will begin Jan. 21.
  • Centennial Science and Engineering Library and Fine Arts and Design Library: will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. Regular Spring Semester Hours will begin Jan. 21.
  • The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center: will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Dec. 16 through Dec. 20. The HSLIC will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. They will resume regular hours on Jan. 2.
  • The Student Union Building: will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Dec. 16 through Dec. 20. The SUB will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. The SUB will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Jan 2. Through Jan. 17. They will resume regular hours pm Jan. 21.
  • The UNM Bookstore: will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. They will resume regular hours on Jan. 2.
  • The Medical Legal Bookstore: will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Dec. 16 through Dec. 20. The Medical Legal Bookstore will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan 1. They will resume regular hours on Jan 2.

In addition, there will be several parking related closures and abbreviated shuttle service during the winter break.

UNM’s Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) is temporarily closing South Lot (Stadium East) over winter break. The closure will be effective Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. through Jan. 17. South Lot will reopen on Jan. 21 at 6:30 a.m.

South Lot permits will be honored in Q lot only during the closure. Consequently, South Lot shuttle service will be suspended from Dec. 14 through Jan. 21.

Shuttle service to Lobo Village and the Student Support Services Center (SSSC) will operate on a combined route starting Dec. 16 through Dec. 20, and again from Jan. 2 through Jan. 17. During Intersession, shuttles will depart from the Yale Mall and Research / SSSC bus stops every 20 minutes and will depart from the Lobo Village bus stops every 40 minutes. Shuttle service o the combined route will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There will no night shuttle bus service from Dec. 14 through Jan. 17 and no shuttle service from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, due to the University closure for winter break.

Regular shuttle service on all routes will resume at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with the start of the spring semester.

Contact the PATS transportation office at 505-277-0850 or via Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.