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NMSU Regents approve renovation projects

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Tuesday, July 20) approved a $22.87 million renovation and addition project for the Pan American Center and an $11.05 million renovation and addition for Foster Hall, the biology building on the main campus.

improvements continue our pledge to provide outstanding quality of life in educational settings for students, the citizens of Las Cruces and the people of the state of New Mexico," Board of Regents President Bob Gallagher said at the meeting in Ruidoso.

"This investment of $34 million will pay dividends many times over," Gallagher said. "We are also excited there will be an additional $60 million of capital construction at the university in the next 30 months."

The Pan American Center, an athletics and special events arena built in 1968, will be renovated to provide new chair-back seating to replace bleachers, to relocate the main concourse so that it encircles the perimeter of the existing building, and to provide new concession areas, rest room facilities and improved accessibility to all levels.

The planned addition to the Pan Am Center, to be located south of the existing structure, will house a four-bay truck loading dock, Special Events offices, a security and public safety station, team and guest performer locker rooms, a new practice court, coaches' offices, interview room and hospitality room.

Foster Hall, located on the main campus Horseshoe, will be upgraded in the areas of accessibility, building code requirements, mechanical components and electrical systems to meet current standards for science teaching and research.

The original building, constructed in 1930, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was expanded in 1970. The current project will add to the 1970 structure to provide more academic and research space.

Both projects are expected to begin construction in January 2005.