by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Oct. 2, 2007 – Additions and renovations made last year to New Mexico Tech’s Cramer Hall have garnered the historic building the “Best Renovation Project of 2007 Award” from Southwest Contractor magazine.
Cramer Hall is one of 25 New Mexico construction projects recently named by Southwest Contractor to be honored in its upcoming Best of 2007 Awards program, which recognizes construction and design excellence among New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona construction projects.
More than 700 entries were received from throughout the Southwest region, with 208 stemming from New Mexico construction projects, the magazine editor stated in an issued press release.
“The tremendous response to this year’s competition from the construction community was overwhelming,” said Scott Blair, editor of Southwest Contractor. “The jury had a difficult task in narrowing over 200 entries down to just over two dozen. The real winners are the residents and visitors of New Mexico who will benefit from these innovative buildings, roadways and infrastructure projects.”
The construction projects were chosen by an independent panel of eight judges on the following criteria: quality of design and construction; innovation; contribution to the industry; ability to overcome challenges; and overall excellence.
The winning projects — including the Cramer Hall renovation and additions — will be formally presented with their awards during an upcoming luncheon in December and will be featured in the December 2007 issue of Southwest Contractor.
The yearlong addition and renovation project of Cramer Hall was designed by Van H. Gilbert Architect PC and was completed by the end of 2006 by contractor Bradbury Stamm Construction — nearly quadrupling the original size of New Mexico Tech’s oldest classroom building with its new 34,500-square-foot expanse.
The central portion of the renovated Cramer Hall was first constructed in 1927, when it was known as “Science Hall.”
Earlier this year, Cramer Hall also was honored as one of 13 New Mexico commercial and public construction projects named by the Associated General Contractors’ (AGC) to receive grand awards for best buildings built in 2006.