CNM’s Advanced Technology Center Earns LEED Gold

January 9, 2014 -- The renovated Advanced Technology Center has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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It’s the third CNM building and the second renovation project to receive the coveted LEED Gold honor.

“We thought we were going to meet silver requirements with this building,” said Luis Campos, executive director of CNM’s Physical Plant. “The gold came as a surprise. We met all the challenging standards that were required for the gold award.”

The renovation cost $4.5 million and was completed in five months. Once the site of a CNMATC21.jpgMotorola factory, the renovated center opened to students in fall 2011.

The renovated ATC uses 30 percent less water than a typical building of similar size. Restrooms are equipped with low-flow, motion-detecting faucets and water-saving toilets and urinals. In addition, CNM invested in “green power” for the building by purchasing off-site renewable power, a decision that ultimately led to the Gold certification.

Tymn Waters, project manager with SMPC Architects that coordinated the renovation, said 62 percent of interior architectural elements were salvaged from the original building, including interior walls, ductwork and steel mezzanines that were repurposed as shade structures. As a result, more than 1,036 tons of potential construction waste was diverted from landfills.

“Blending the old and the new saved cost but was a design challenge,” Waters said.

The facility, located at 4700 and 4800 Alameda N.E., houses eight of CNM’s 18 career technical education programs. The CNM property consists of two buildings, including a manufacturing facility leased by another company. The renovated building that houses the CNM programs is an 82,000-square foot, state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space used by the School of Applied Technologies. It includes a “hanger-like” facility for the Aviation Maintenance program and a drive-through metal building so students in the Truck Driving program can study the parts of the vehicle in a covered space.

CNM’s Aviation Maintenance, Truck Driving, Film Technician, Landscaping, Architectural Drafting, Construction Management and Geographic Information Technology programs are all located at the ATC.

The Jeannette Stromberg Hall renovation on Main Campus received LEED Gold certification in 2013, as did the CNM Rio Rancho Campus building in 2011. CNM’s Student Resource Center on Main Campus earned LEED Silver certification in 2011.