Jeannette Stromberg Hall Renovation Earns LEED Gold Certification
“Earning the LEED Gold certification for the Jeannette Stromberg Hall renovation project is a great honor for CNM and it’s something we hope that our entire community can be proud of,” CNM President Katharine Winograd said. “We were thrilled that the renovation project provided our students and faculty with outstanding, state-of-the-art learning facilities. Now that it has earned LEED Gold for its impressive energy efficient and eco-friendly features, we feel even more proud that we created technology-rich learning facilities while also reducing our carbon footprint on the environment.”
LEED is considered the national benchmark rating system for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Jeannette Stromberg Hall is home to the following CNM programs: Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Health Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies and Judicial Studies.
The $16 million renovation project took two years to complete with the design phase beginning in May 2010 and construction extending from June 2011 to August 2012. Project architect was FBT Architects; Gerald Martin was the General Contractor.
Several aspects of the building’s redesign led to it being awarded the LEED gold status. The building design promotes much greater water efficiency, reducing potable water consumption by 38.76 percent through the use of low-consumption and high-efficiency water fixtures. The landscape and irrigation system design reduces water consumption by more than 40 percent from conventional landscape systems.
The renovation reduces energy costs by 28 percent and minimizes solar heat penetration at the east and west sides. In addition, CNM has completed a purchase agreement with PNM to supply 100 percent of the building’s energy use from renewable sources.
The project also integrated social and ecological features by providing open space and pedestrian access to multiple public transportation options. The renovation increased the useable square footage of the building by 10 percent. More public space and habitat areas were created by a net reduction of 56 parking spaces, and bike racks and preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles are provided.
Finally, the redesign protects the comfort and wellbeing of occupants by improving ventilation systems, providing more lighting control and reducing air contaminates.
The renovation also resulted in many state-of-the-art improvements to learning environments in the 30 plus year-old building. The first floor is home to a Surgical Technology Lab designed to emulate a surgery room in a hospital, with an adjacent classroom; four-skills labs for nursing students, each of which includes an open room with six beds as well as individual patient rooms; two large classrooms; six simulation labs where students can treat high-tech mannequin patients as instructors observe behind a two-way mirror; and a simulated Medication Room.
The second floor houses classrooms and modernized labs for the Nursing Assistant, Respiratory Therapy and Health Information Technologies programs. The third floor contains classes and labs for the Criminal Justice, Paralegal and Judicial Studies programs, including a mock courtroom and law library. The fourth floor of the building, the former home of the library, is now faculty and administrative offices for the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety.
Funds for the renovation came from the CNM local bond, which was approved by voters in February 2011.
The CNM Rio Rancho Campus building also received LEED Gold certification in 2011. CNM’s Student Resource Center on Main Campus earned LEED Silver certification in 2011.