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SOCORRO, N.M., July 26, 2002 -- A new landscaping project at New Mexico Tech is aimed at making Brown Hall, the administration building, more visible from the street. The project, conducted by Tech's Physical Plant, will also correct parking problems near Brown Hall and make the administration building more accessible for the disabled. In addition, the landscaping project will make the Memorial Rose Garden once again visible from the street.
The area in front of Brown Hall near the rose garden is slated for a much-needed facelift. The plans include new sidewalks, plant beds, a new flagpole, lights, and three planters. When finished, the area will match the entrance on Campus Drive.
Dan Jones, New Mexico Tech's resident architect says, "The new look will not only enhance the rose garden, but will also bring the area in front of Brown Hall into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act."
The Brown Hall Memorial Rose Garden, whose visibility is being enhanced by the landscaping project, was originally dedicated by the class of 1947 to honor the 17 men from the New Mexico School of Mines who died in World War II. On Oct. 13, 1979, the rose garden was rededicated "in memory of all deceased former students."
A new parking lot is also included in the plans. Jones designed the new 33-space parking lot, which will be located between Brown Hall and Driscoll Hall, around existing trees. According to Jim Shaffner, director of the Physical Plant, the few trees that will be removed during the project are diseased or dying. Graduation ceremonies are held in the area, but Kimberly Eiland, Acting Registrar says, "The parking lot won't adversely impact graduation ceremonies." The project should be completed by mid-October.