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Health and Social Services breaks ground for new building

New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services broke ground for its 59,520-square-foot building today (Friday, Dec. 13).



Architectural drawings of the west side (top) and east side of the new College of Health and Social Services Building. (Courtesy of New Mexico State University)

ction for the building, designed to incorporate the existing Memorial Tower, near the northern edge of campus, is expected to begin in January 2003 and be completed in 2004.


The building will house the college dean's office, the Department of Health Science, the Department of Nursing and the School of Social Work.

"Classrooms and research areas will be specialized for these departments' needs," said Dean Jeffrey Brandon. "Having these offices and programs under one roof will allow for today's team approach to health care education. The plans for a new building began in 1992. The college has grown and its departments are so dispersed there is no opportunity for collaboration."

In addition to faculty offices and classrooms, the new building will have nursing skill labs and an examination room for the nursing department. There will also be a 1,400-square-foot Media and Resource Center and the college's first Research Center. The second floor will have a distance education classroom that will house two-way video conferencing equipment.

The tower, built in the 1950s as a memorial to Aggies who had served in U.S. Armed Forces, will be reinforced and the first level will be established as a study lounge and memorial. The second level of the tower will house a 900-square-foot computer lab.

"It is a university vision to incorporate the tower and we're happy to have it as part of our new building," Brandon said.

The college has a current enrollment of 766 undergraduate and 153 graduate students.

Funding for the new building includes $2 million in university funds, $5 million in general obligation bond revenues approved by voters in 2000 and about $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information call the college at (505) 646-3526.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/chss_building_drawings.jpg.
CUTLINE: Architectural drawings of the west side (top) and east side of the new College of Health and Social Services Building. (Courtesy of New Mexico State University)

Julie M. Hughes
Dec. 13, 2002