Impressive New Building at Westside Campus Opens Jan. 31
The opening of the impressive facility will mark another major milestone in CNM’s efforts to provide students with modernized and effective educational environments while producing eco-friendly facilities that advance the college’s sustainability efforts.
“This new Westside Campus building is going to enhance the educational experience for our students, faculty and staff, and I’m confident that the excellent design of this building will be a source of pride for everybody in the Westside community,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “I also want to thank all the voters who made this building possible by supporting CNM in bond elections.”
A learning commons area will be one of the featured highlights of the building’s interior, where the Library and Assistance Centers for Education (tutoring center) will be integrated through an open lab setting. Some other features include an earth and planetary science lab, an art studio and kilns, a piano classroom with 20 pianos, private group and individual study areas, technology round table for group work, an open computer lab, café and bookstore. There are also six classrooms and a lecture hall that will seat 100.
A courtyard area outside will feature a stone sculpture water feature.
The building is also designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. It features large windows with special screening to maximize the benefits of natural lighting to reduce electricity usage. Geothermal wells beneath the building, which tap into ground water that stays at about 68 degrees year round, will be used to help heat the building in the winter and cool it in the summer. Geothermal wells are also employed at the Rio Rancho Campus, helping that building earn LEED Gold certification, making it the largest higher education building in the state to earn Gold certification.
More than 4,000 students are attending classes at the Westside Campus this term. The Westside Campus is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. The campus has experienced sustained growth in enrollment since opening in 2003.