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Tech Set To Construct New Chemistry Building

SOCORRO, N.M. November 18, 2014 – New Mexico Tech will be moving forward with plans to construct a new building for the Chemistry Department in 2015.

Thanks to the New Mexico voters, Tech was approved for $15 million in general obligation bonds for the project.

Director of Special Projects Miguel Hidalgo said the new facility will be a fully modern, 40,000 square-foot building, complete with labs, conference rooms, offices and class rooms.

The project will probably take about 18 months to complete construction. Tech will need state approvals and Board of Regents approvals, as well as soliciting bids for construction. The sale of the bonds will take a number of months and they must be sold prior to beginning construction. The building will be on the site of the old Bureau of Geology building, which will be torn down as soon as the Bureau moves to its new building at Leroy Place and Bullock Avenue in early 2015.

“The old chemistry building [Jones Hall] has outlived its usefulness,” said university President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez. “This project was our No. 1 priority for building and refurbishment. Therefore we executed this project. … We were very pleased that the voters of New Mexico showed their support of higher education by overwhelmingly approving the G.O. Bond vote.

“This facility will greatly improve the learning environment at Tech,” he said.

– NMT –