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Regents approve architect for stadium annex project

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents has approved the selection of Studio D Architects of Las Cruces to design a four-level annex for Aggie Memorial Stadium.

400-square-foot facility, to be located at the south end of the stadium, will serve athletic and academic purposes.

The first floor, which will be below grade, will include sports medicine and athletic training facilities.

The second floor, at ground level with the south parking lot, will house offices for the athletic director and coaches and academic support spaces including a classroom, computer labs, conference space and study halls. The academic areas will be available for general academic use when not scheduled for athletic academic use.

The third floor will contain a banquet room capable of accommodating up to 500 guests for pre-game dining or special-events banquets, plus a university faculty/staff dining club. This space will also be available for academic use, such as large group seminars or lectures, and will be capable of being subdivided for smaller lectures.

The fourth level will contain six skyboxes, a kitchen and storage areas to support the banquet and skybox facilities. An open roof terrace will be available for pre-game entertaining or dining.

The $6 million project is to be financed by $3 million in private gifts, $2 million in revenue bonds and $1 million in university instruction and general funds. The revenue bonds will be repaid with revenue generated by skybox leases and income from the dining facilities.

The design phase is expected to be completed by Sept. 12, with construction beginning by Oct. 30 and ending in September 2003.

Also at its May 10 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the selection of Steve Newby Architects to design a new clubhouse at the University Golf Course. The clubhouse, to be located at the southeast corner of the golf course, will consist of a pro shop, snack bar, kitchen, multipurpose room, restrooms, offices for the university men's and women's golf teams, and office and classroom space for the university's Professional Golf Management academic program.

A cart barn will be located nearby.

Financing for this project, budgeted at $3.5 million, would come from the sale or lease of university land adjoining the current golf clubhouse. The design phase is expected to be completed by Dec. 13. Construction is scheduled to begin around March 1, 2003, and be completed by Nov. 1, 2003.

Karl Hill
May 13, 2002