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Chemistry Building
New Mexico Tech
Socorro, NM
Anticipated Completion: 2016

Size of Project: 40,000 square feet LEED Silver Certification anticipated With Tech’s expanding enrollment and commitment to leading edge research, this state-of-the-art teaching and research facillity emphasizes collaboration, dynamic learning, lab infrastructure flexibility, a modular floor plan, technological sophistication, and energy efficiency and...

Bureau of Geology Building
Laboratory, Classroom, and Museum

New Mexico Tech
Socorro, NM
2012

The 60,000 square foot Geology Building Complex is composed of three separate buildings sited around a courtyard. The creation of an enclosed courtyard is a traditional New Mexico design element. The Geology Laboratory Building is on the west side of the courtyard and its three-story configuration was defined by laboratory requirements for fume hoods and other mechanical equipment needs.

Domenici Institute of Public Policy
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
2014

The Domenici Institute for Public Policy (IPP) is a complex renovation/repurposing project which visually and functionally connects two, non-descript, campus buildings into one cohesive, vibrant facility. The Hershel Zohn Theatre was transformed into a state-of-the-art conference center with offices, meeting rooms, multi-media lecture hall, and seminar/classroom space. The Branson Library, connected to the theatre by a glass encased bridge, is an efficient, flexible, secure, temperature and...

Engineering Center
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
Anticipated Completion: 2016

This 1950’s era Engineering Building is to be gutted, expanded, and transformed into a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility. The design solution balances the technical needs of each department and the more open, team-learning educational environment prevalent today.

Science and Math Learning Center
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
2011

The SMLC, a gateway to the technological center of the campus, is focused on technology-rich spaces accommodating a diversity of users and fostering innovation in a sustainable, energy-efficient setting. The design integrates technology-rich chemistry and biology teaching labs/classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, a visualization lab, ‘smart’ classrooms, and a cafe.

Music School
Renovation and Rehearsal Hall Addition

Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM
2010

The $5.6 million renovation and addition of ENMU’s Music Building transformed the 1940’s era building. The reconfigured interior focused on providing efficient and functional spaces to accommodate choral rehearsals, percussion and piano studios, a recording studio, practice rooms, classrooms, and...

Science Building
Addition and Renovation

Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM
2010

VHGA renovated the 1940’s era Science Building and designed a 10,000 square foot laboratory addition. The new addition faces the campus and creates a connection to the campus circulation flow. The brick used on the original structure was used for the addition, melding the old and the new into a cohesive building design. The laboratory addition complements the original structure in scale, detailing, and material and creates a new,strong, identity for the science building into the future.

Dow Hall
Classroom Building Renovation

New Mexico Military Institute
Roswell, NM
2009

Dow Hall is a three-story classroom building dating back to 1957. The renovation transformed the building into a technology rich classroom building. The re-purposed facility was renovated with a focus on sustainability and indoor environmental quality resulting in Dow Hall becoming the first higher education facility in New Mexico to achieve Gold certification using the LEED® for Schools Rating SystemTM. The rating system for schools is unique among other LEED® programs...

O’Donnell Hall
College of Education

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
2008

The reconfigured original windowless, structure intersects the new addition in a seamless integration of a harmony in design details and sense of proportion. O’Donnell Hall’s new identity as a light-filled, technology-rich environment is defined by the 3-story addition, establishing a new visual campus identity.

Centennial Engineering Center
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
2008

Located on the western edge of the campus the design reflects UNM’s historical ‘pueblo revival’ design roots. This cutting-edge interdisciplinary instructional and research facility, houses the departments of Civil, Electrical, Chemical, Nuclear, and Biomedical Engineering. Two large lab blocks in an uninterrupted modular arrangement and two narrower wings of offices and...

Westside Campus
Classroom Building (Phase II)

Central New Mexico Community College
Albuquerque, NM
2007

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) continues to be integral to the central region of New Mexico as it provides a diverse educational experience for students on a career path and students continuing their education at a four-year institution. To keep pace with CNM’s growing enrollment, VHGA designed a new Classroom Building and...

Student Union Building (SUB)
Renovation and Addition

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
2004

The SUB was totally gutted and reorganized. Exterior walls were removed and reconfigured to provide a transparency between the indoors and outdoors and a new, 3-story interior atrium revitalized the building. The interior of the 3-story SUB is now visually connected.

Skeen Hall / Center for Sustainable Development of Arid Lands
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
1999

The contemporary design of the Center is deeply evocative of NMSU’s early Mission Style design idiom. The prominent use of stucco, clay roof tile, and other indigenous materials is in harmony with the campus design context. The Building is comprised of three distinct volumes: a central octagonal form capped by a symbolic, updated “bell tower” houses the entrance lobby and offices, and two rectangular wings accommodate laboratory space and offices/seminar rooms, respectively.

Pearson Auditorium
Historic Renovation

New Mexico Military Institute
Roswell, NM
2011

The $7.2 million, historic renovation of the 1940’s era Pearson Auditorium was accomplished in phases as funding became available. Designed in the military gothic style the building’s makeover transformed the facility into a modern day performance venue. With the replacement of the building’s infrastructure, the installation of state-of-the-art theatre systems and controls, and...