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New Mexico State University to dedicate renovated Goddard Hall

New Mexico State University will dedicate a renovated Goddard Hall at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.



A renovated Goddard Hall will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 during New Mexico State University's homecoming activities. (NMSU photo by Javier Peru)

The ceremonies will include naming two rooms in the building in honor of Jerome and Joyce Shaw and the Boeing Co., major supporters of the three-year-long renovation.

Goddard Hall was the first home of the university's College of Engineering. Since renovation's completion in March, the college's administrative offices, student records, advising, development and student organization offices have been moved back into the building.

The building's tower was built in 1913, with single story annexes added in 1919 and 1937. In 1934, it was named after Ralph W. Goddard, who served as the dean of New Mexico State's College of Engineering from 1921 to 1929, according to "That All May Learn," a history of New Mexico State by Simon Kropp, a former professor of history at the university.

By 2000, Goddard Hall had long shown signs of age, said New Mexico State Architect Martin Hoffmeister.

"Basically, Goddard Hall was just old," Hoffmeister said. "Finishes all over the building were worn. The plumbing was bad; the roof was deteriorating and the building was out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a number of building codes. The annex had been built at different times and the floor levels didn't match. Also, spaces in the annex were too small for many modern uses.

"In the tower, we repaired the roof and remodeled the building on all floors. In the annex, we tore out walls and floors on all levels creating a modern building on the inside. We left the exterior walls standing because their historic value."

The renovation costs exceeded $5 million. Funding came from several sources: the state of New Mexico, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Program, the National Science Foundation, as well as private foundations, alumni and friends of the university, said College of Engineering Assistant Dean Joe Creed.

A conference room on the second floor of Goddard will be named after the Shaws, in recognition of their support of the renovation and their other contributions to New Mexico State. Jerome Shaw is the founder and chief executive officer of Volt Services Group. He graduated from New Mexico State in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university in 1998. He and his wife have contributed generously to programs and scholarships at New Mexico State for a number of years. Volt Services Group contributed $200,000 to the renovation of Goddard Hall, Creed said.

A multimedia classroom on the building's first floor will be named for the Boeing Co., which contributed $400,000 to the renovation. The contribution was made possible by the work of C.G. "Jerry" King, who was president of Boeing's Defense and Space Group until his retirement in 1998. King received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State in 1958 and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university in 1994.

The Boeing Co, has had an active relationship with New Mexico State for several years. The university provides a master's program in engineering for Boeing employees in Seattle, Wash., as part of its distance learning program, Creed said.

The dedication of the Jerome and Joyce Shaw Conference Room will be at 2 p.m. The dedication of the Boeing Multimedia Classroom will be at 2:30 p.m.