Fire and EMS Training Facility Open House. Courtesy photo
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will host campus tours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., today to highlight past Higher Education General Obligation Bond C projects as well as discuss how the campus would use the proposed $500,000 if this year’s bond is approved by the votors.
The emphasis this year at UNM-LA will be on sustainability and infrastructure of facilities, rather than the construction or redesign of new facilities. Today’s tours will provide the public an opportunity to visit areas revitalized by GO Bond funds in the past: the Fire and EMS Training Facility, the science labs, the south wing of Building 6, and Jeannette O. Wallace Hall.
During this election, voters throughout New Mexico will be asked to invest in the state’s public colleges, universities and specialty schools. GO Bond C is asking voters to release $131,106,200 for New Mexico’s institutions of higher education, the New Mexico School for the Deaf, and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, of which $500,000 will be allocated to UNM-LA.
If the GO Bond C passes this year, funds will be used to plan, design, construct, renovate, furnish, and equip upgrades at existing facilities, including code compliance. The project will renew, replace and upgrade infrastructure to provide energy savings, extend the life of the facilities, and address ADA requirements and building safety issues. Seven of the eight campus buildings are in need of infrastructure improvements and repairs to sustain their continued use.
Dr. Cindy Rooney, Lisa Wismer, Kay Willerton and others will be on campus today to provide tours of past GO Bonds projects including the Fire and EMS Training Facility, where an existing classroom was redesigned and equipped to create an EMT simulation lab and various spaces for scenario based learning.
In 2014, using the proceeds from GO Bonds, existing science labs at UNM-LA for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental, and Earth and Planetary Science classes were completely updated, with new lab equipment, new safety equipment including eye wash stations, renovation of chemical storage units, and creation of appropriate emergency access and egress where needed.
The planning, designing, and construction of a lecture hall space (Jeannette O. Wallace Hall) was supported in 2011. In addition, the southern end of Building 6 (the South Wing) was renovated. This included mechanical system improvements and new access to the campus courtyard via a foyer between the south and linear wings of Building 6.
“Voter support for GO Bond C in the past has allowed us to make significant improvements to our campus and we invite the public to come for a tour of campus this Saturday. On Saturday, our art students will also be participating in the Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour. Visitors to campus can enjoy the art work as well as have a guided tour of our facilities,” Rooney said.
For many of New Mexico’s colleges and universities, GO Bonds are the only source of much-needed funding that allows for the repair and upgrade of aging structures, as well as a critical source of funding that allows institutions to invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. These voter-approved funds are a critical component to ensuring our schools remain competitive and able to attract the best and brightest from around the globe.
GO Bond C will not only invest more than $131 million into the state’s colleges, universities, and specialty schools, but will do this without increasing the burden on New Mexico’s taxpayers. Absentee voting began Oct. 11. Early voting begins Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 5 and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, with polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for in-person voting.
For additional information about General Obligation Bond C, including a detailed list of projects and schools, visit http:www.nmbondc.com and click on the “My Community” tab. For more information about UNM-LA, visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.