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

Size of Project: 90,000 square feet

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.

A series of charrettes gathered program and site plan input from the multiple user groups. The design encourages interdisciplinary interactions for research, and features flexible teaching spaces to accommodate future technologies. Program elements include: research and teaching facilities for the USDA, a remote sensing/geographic information lab, plant genetic engineering lab; an electron microscope facility; and an isolation greenhouse designed as a BSL3 clean room environment, as well as staff offices and multi-purpose seminar rooms.

  • Outstanding Public Project, Best of New Mexico 2000, Southwest Contractor Magazine

In association with Shepley Bulfinch of Boston.