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At Clovis Community College, previous GO Bond funds have been used to make critical roof replacements as well as renovate and upgrade our Physical Therapy Assistant department to help us train the next generation of healthcare professionals.

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2014 Smith Brasher (SB) Renovation

The project involved a complete remodel of a two-story, steel-framed classroom building constructed in 1982. Smith Brasher (SB) houses CNM's School of Business & Information Technology (BIT) which offers programs in Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. This green project achieved a LEED Gold (link to ranking and included a geothermal heat pump system as well as significant site enhancements to improve student access and make SB a vital part of the center of Main Campus.


2016 Max Salazar (MS) Building Renovation and Expansion

This major renovation to the Max Salazar (MS) building included five floors serving approximately 33,000 students. The new MS houses CNM’s school of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE) and the school of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) in addition to state-of-the-art studio spaces.


2018 Ken Chappy Hall (KC) Renovation

The renovation of Ken Chappy (KC) Hall relocated the CNM Art Department into a previously unrenovated area. The 14,000 square-foot KC houses five large studio spaces as well as the support spaces needed by the Department. KC's location offers a prime opportunity to capture foot traffic, and gives CNM the ability to host exhibitions and events within the new facility.

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Doña Ana Community College (DACC) has completed, and is in the process of completing, several projects funded by the State of New Mexico GO Bond process.

In 2019, voters approved three projects that have provided much-needed renovations to DACC campuses:

  • East Mesa Campus renovation of the roof on its main building at a cost of $900k
  • New roof for the Health & Public Services building at the Espina campus, which cost $700k
  • $100,000 for programmable lock replacements at the Espina Campus.

Voters also approved two projects during the 2021 State GO Bond election that will support important upgrades to all campuses and centers including a state-of-the-art digital media facility:

  • A 15,000 square foot Creative Media Technology building to be located at the Arrowhead Research Park will benefit from $1.5 million in bond funding
  • An additional $360k for safe campus improvements and infrastructure upgrades at all campuses & centers.
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Diné College

Diné College used $500,000 in 2016 General Obligation Bond funding to develop an Architectural and Engineering (A & E) design for the Shiprock South Campus Math and Science Building. This state-of-the-art STEM building design was completed in June 2018. Previous GO Bonds have also been used for supplemental construction funding for the Shiprock Agricultural Multipurpose Center which was passed by the voters and is pending bond sales.

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Originally built in 1953 to house the Golden Library, the Golden Student Success Center was named after the second president of the University, Dr. Floyd Golden, and his wife, Elsie. A special spot on campus, it housed not only traditional library stacks but also Special Collections, the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library and Eastern New Mexico University - ENMU archives. In 2015, GO Bond funds supported its transformation to include not only traditional library holdings, but also space and equipment for tutoring, advising and distance education.

More recently, 2018 and 2020 GO Bond funds are being used to renovate the Roosevelt Science Center. The renovated Roosevelt Science Center will include state-of-the-art technology, innovative classrooms and research facilities for STEM-H related fields, upgraded Wi-Fi hot spots, open, day-lit and energy-efficient space, updated electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and full compliance with all facets of ADA accessibility requirements. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2023, is anticipated to help Portales and the surrounding area by creating construction jobs and contributing gross receipts tax to the local community.



In 2018, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell received $3 million in GO Bonds to help pay for renovation of its Automotive and Welding Technology Center (AWTC). Four years later, in April 2022, ENMU-Roswell celebrated the opening of its new AWTC.

The building dates back to the 1970s and was not adequate to train students. The new, improved AWTC will allow more automotive and welding students to be trained in an improved, modern learning environment utilizing advanced equipment and technology. Students will begin classes in the 34,910-square-foot facility when the fall semester begins this August. During the renovation, welding technology students attended classes in a temporary shop behind the new maintenance building on campus while automotive technology students trained in a leased facility off campus.

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Luna CC

In 2014 Luna Community College received funding for the Springer Forrester Building and the Santa Rosa Brown Building. In Springer, the GO Bond funding upgraded the electrical and HVAC systems. In Santa Rosa, the funding went to the first phase of renovation of the Brown building. In 2016, Luna CC received funding to complete phase two of the Media Education Center Auditorium.

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Navajo Tech

Navajo Technical University (NTU) is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in the Four Corners region, in part thanks to state funding. NTU has utilized GO Bond funding since 2012 to help expand infrastructure at its main campus in Crownpoint, including upgrades to the Student Union Building.

In 2016, GO Bond funding was dedicated to an architectural and engineering design for an Academic Building, the first of four phases to design, construct and equip the building. A total of $850,000 was awarded for the work, which was conducted by Buffalo Design.

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In 2016, NMMI received GO Bond C funds for the renovation of Cahoon Hall. The scope of work for this project included bringing the entire facility up to current building
code compliance, energy code compliance utilizing LEED practices, renovating locker rooms and compliance with ADA requirements. It addressed HazMat abatement and non-code compliment restrooms. It also included a complete renovation of the HV/AC, fire protection, electrical and plumbing systems in the building.

Another project funded by GO Bond funds was the renovation of Marshall Hall. Marshall Hall is the health services building for NMMI and was renovated to address structural deficiencies along with upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Originally constructed in 1920, Marshall Hall was brought up to code and ADA compliance and outdated furniture, fixtures and equipment were replaced.


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In 2018, NM Tech received $7.1 million to renovate Brown Hall. The much-needed upgrades included HVAC, electrical, mechanical and IT systems. New Mexico Tech's Brown Hall is a three-story, 23,872-square-foot building that was built in 1929 and serves as the school's main administrative building. Housed within the building are the Office of the President and offices for Academic Affairs, Student University Relations, Administration & Finance, Human Resources and Research & Economic Development.

NM Tech also utilized 2018 GO Bond funds for:

  • Safety lighting upgrades to install high-efficiency LED pole lights in some of the poorly lit areas of campus to increase student safety.
  • Site improvements to College Avenue parking lot including paving, code blue safety phone and LED lighting.
  • Replacing damaged asphalt parking lots at the Mineral, Science and Engineering Complex (MSEC), the Gold Building and the Altamirano Residence Hall parking lots.
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Two important landmark buildings in Las Vegas, New Mexico, will continue into the future beautifully renovated, thanks to GO Bond funds. The most recent project, Rodgers Hall, was originally built in 1937 as New Mexico Highlands University’s library and featured important WPA-era murals throughout the building. With an eye toward showcasing those murals, the renovated hall is now home to the university’s administration, a high-tech governance room and classroom and other facilities used by the university community and local nonprofits. The 2019-2020 renovation of the Spanish colonial-style building included modern energy-saving upgrades to help preserve the region’s resources.

Las Vegas’ historic trolley building sat abandoned and in ruins until the successful conversion to house New Mexico Highlands University’s media arts program. GO Bond funding helped the University retain the exterior walls of the 1905 Romanesque-style building, which now provides state-of-the-art video and audio studios, a gallery space to showcase student and community art exhibits and an electronics makerspace. Some of the architectural features of the McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building include exposed sandstone walls and polished concrete floors inlaid with stainless steel rails to evoke the history of the trolley cars that once rolled into the building. Original ironwork is exposed to add more historical flavor. A preserved steel barn door and large laser-cut historic map of Las Vegas grace the entrance.

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The 2020 GO Bond funds were used to repurpose New Mexico Junior College's Watson Hall as a performing arts facility.  Asbestos abatement in Watson Hall has taken place. The revised renovation is now in the design stage with construction set to begin February 2023 and be completed in December 2023.  The 2020 GO Bond funding was also used to add vestibules to older buildings to increase security and energy efficiency. The design work is complete with construction slated to start February 2023.

Additionally, NMJC, in partnership with Lea County, used GO Bond funds to build a Health and Wellness Learning Center for students and the community. The facility opened in June 2020, and features three pools, recreation courts, racquetball courts, fitness rooms and much more.

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Through the 2016 General Obligation Bond, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired received $1,200,000 for building renovation and playground equipment for the Garrett Dormitory.  There was a delay in getting this project off the ground due to a concern with the existing deteriorated underground utilities and passage through confined space tunnels that were not safe to work in.  A feasibility study showed the Return on Investment (ROI) to the school would be better if the building was razed and replaced with new construction.  Thankfully, the 2016 GO Bond appropriation language allowed for these funds to be used towards the new construction.


In the 2020 GO Bond Election, New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD) received $5.3 million for the planning, design, renovation, equipping and furnishing of NMSD’s Dining Hall.

In 2018, NMSD received $1.8 million in GO Bond funding for the renovation of the Lars M. Larson Student Activity Center and Residential Complex, a "home away from home" for students which houses a gym, study and workshop/presentation areas as well as cottage-style residences for students, visiting families and preschoolers from throughout New Mexico.

In 2016, NMSD received $2 million for Delgado Hall renovations. Delgado Hall houses NMSD’s front reception area, Interpretation Department, Human Resources, Business and Finance Department and the Superintendent’s Office.

Prior to that, in 2014, NMSD received $1 million for Dillon Hall Basement renovations. Dillon Hall’s basement houses NMSD’s Health Center, Transportation Department and Statewide Outreach Programs; Early Intervention’s Parent-Infant-Child Program and Deaf Mentor Program; and its Center for Educational Consultation and Training Department.

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Construction of the first phase of New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities project, approved by New Mexico voters through general obligation bonds in 2018 and 2020, is well underway. The first phase will focus on a biomedical research center; an animal nutrition and feed manufacturing facility; and a food science, security and safety facility. For more information about the $10 million fundraising campaign to support completion of the Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities project, visit

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NMSU Grants

The 2015 GO Bond allowed New Mexico State University-Grants (NMSU-Grants) to upgrade its HVAC and Emergency Management System. This upgrade was completed in 2018. NMSU-Grants also used State GO Bond funds to upgrade Martinez Hall, including flooring and painting.

More recently, GO Bond funds were used for paving of University Road and all parking lots in front of Martinez Hall, Fidel Hall and McClure Hall. All islands were landscaped with new vegetation, irrigation and some islands with stamped concrete. Renovations also included new LED lighting for these areas.


GO Bond funding over the years has been incredibly important to Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), supporting key infrastructure projects that have had a direct positive impact on our students, faculty, staff and community.

Over the past eight years, passage of the GO Bond for Higher Education has helped NNMC fund critical health, safety and security, and infrastructure projects including: sidewalk additions and repairs; repaving aging and damaged campus roads and parking lots; asbestos abatement and roof repairs; installing or replacing aging, inefficient heating and cooling systems; upgrading aging water systems and campus drainage; increasing safety and security personnel on campus; enhancing lighting across the campuses; installing campus security alarm and camera systems; and implementing an emergency notification system.

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San Juan College

Thanks to funding from the 2014 GO Bond, San Juan College continued paving the way to success in critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to help students prepare for competitive high-tech careers. In 2018, San Juan College opened the newly renovated School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering. The 5,400-square-foot addition included a new anatomy and physiology lab, a new computer lab and two new restrooms. The 29,500-square feet of renovated space included new infrastructure and finishes to physics, biology, chemistry, microbiology, geology and general-purpose classrooms, as well as office space. The project also entailed modernizing the College’s radio station, KSJE, and the Planetarium. The $7 million dollar project was funded by local and state GO Bonds.

In 2016, San Juan College received $2 million for restroom renovations campus-wide, paying to modernize 11 sets of restrooms including ADA accommodations and other enhancements.

The approval of the 2018 GO Bond provided $520,000 which was utilized to demolish the 30-year-old fire tower, allowing for future expansion. Funds were also utilized to repair the 34-year-old roof of the Information Technology Center, which houses classrooms and the College’s computer server room.

In 2020, San Juan College received $3.5 million in GO Bond funding, which helped improve safety at the campus through easier and ADA-compliant access to campus entryways. This ongoing project includes repaving aging parking lots, upgrading uneven gravel parking lots to asphalt, increasing safety through additional energy-efficient roadway lighting, and enhancing campus entryways and signage.

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Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) operates a highly successful Controlled Environment Agriculture Program in an 11,000-square-foot hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouse and an adjacent 1,300-square-foot classroom that were built with the support of the 2014 GO Bond. The greenhouse serves as a vibrant, living laboratory for students to learn how to operate and manage hydroponic and aquaponic systems.  Students learn how to raise tilapia with an aquaponics system as well as grow greens and other produce through hydroponics. When the campus closed due to Covid-19, a student-initiated project to grow and deliver greens to area households. Greens and produce were also part of the more than 50,000 free, fresh meals distributed to community members in partnership with World Central Kitchen.

SFCC’s Campus Center serves as the heart of campus where students, faculty and staff gather to eat, study and socialize. The College’s Culinary Arts labs are essential for students to learn cooking and sanitation skills to successfully work in or manage a restaurant, café or food truck. Both areas had significant roof damage, resulting in serious health and safety issues. The 2016 GO Bond funded 42,084 square feet of roof renovation, using a seamless, monolithic, sustainable roofing system that is Energy Star Rated, low odor and low VOC.

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In 2016, UNM utilized GO Bond funds to invest $25.5 million to renovate the Farris Engineering Center, now open after nearly 18 months of construction.

The renovated building houses the School of Engineering (SOE) departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer Science and Nuclear Engineering. Farris Engineering Center houses the staff and student offices, computer labs, server rooms, conference rooms and event space for the three departments.

The renovation utilizes the concrete structural skeleton of the original building. The project was creatively designed around maximizing reuse and reducing waste during demolition. The entire project has more than an 85 percent recycling rate for construction waste management.

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In 2016, the University of New Mexico at Taos benefited from approximately $4 million of GO Bond funds it used to fully plan, design, construct, equip and furnish a 6,500-square-foot addition and make renovations to the original Technical Career Center built in 2007. Additions included a computer technology lab/classroom, computer classrooms and program support. This project completed the Business and Computer Technology Career Education Center, which prepares students for local and state employment. The project was completed in August 2018.

The 2018 GO Bond provided funding for the renovation and addition of 10,839 square feet to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center. This project was completed in December 2019. STEM Center expands the Klauer campus offerings in Biology (non-health sciences), Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Technology.  The space allows for a multi-use study space, math learning lab and faculty/staff offices. In addition, the STEM Center houses laboratories for both physical and biological sciences. Also included are classroom spaces for Computer Sciences.

Improvements also included multiple study areas for students and SOSX (Science on a Sphere display) as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth system science to people of all ages.

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In 2014, the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus began repairs and updated HVAC-related infrastructure (piping, pumps and electrical service) both to keep current systems operational and to prepare the systems to connect to the campus-wide chiller plant.

In 2016, UNM-Valencia began repairs to update the campus’ information technology infrastructure to meet UNM design and industry standards. The bond money provided better technology to maintain faster and more reliable IT usage.

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