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Special Issue: July 29, 2002
The Gordon Presidency -
1998 - 2002

Campus vision, capital projects blossom during Gordon tenure

By Steve Carr

During the past 10 years, the campus has seen a fair amount of growth due in part to the Campus Development Plan, which began in 1990 with the production of "UNM 2000," a vision statement of a quality, mix of programs and services for the University heading into the 21st Century. The vision statement led to the preparation of the UNM Long Range Master Plan, which was completed in 1995.

The plan explored strategies for the long-term development of the Albuquerque campus, defining a maximum enrollment of approximately 35,000 students and an additional 4.9 million square feet of facilities. It also examined the physical implications of building new facilities and provided a design framework and guidelines for long-term development of the central and north campuses.

Current projects include:

•Student Union Building
•Hibben Center for Archaeological Research
•Main Campus Distribution System (chilled water pipes)
•Law School’s Bratton Hall Renovations and Hart Addition
•Utility Infrastructure Renewal
•Ambulatory Surgery and Imaging Center (UNM Hospital/Health Sciences Center)

Capital projects in planning stages include:

•Centennial Engineering Center
•Zimmerman Library Information Commons
•Health Sciences Center Education Building
•Visitor Parking Structure and Welcome Center
•School of Architecture & Planning/Fine Arts Library
•Children’s Hospital and Critical Care Pavilion (UNM Hospital/HSC)

Recently completed projects include:

•Electrical Systems Upgrades
•Lobo Football Stadium Expansion
•Domestic Water Distribution System
•Student Apartments (Redondo Village)

"They [capital projects] are a combination of satisfying the objectives of our long range campus plan and also a response to the infrastructure and better quality of space that most of us need here on campus," says Roger Lujan, director of Facility Planning.

Since the implementation of the Long Range Master Plan, a significant number of capital improvement projects have blossomed around the UNM landscape on main, north and south campuses during the course of William C. Gordon’s tenure as president.

"He’s been instrumental in getting the projects in front of the right people and moving them forward," said Lujan. "These projects are a pretty direct response to various constituencies here on campus including students, staff and faculty."

Currently, more than a dozen major projects are underway, many of which Gordon helped facilitate by conveying to the appropriate people the importance and need for the projects.

"In terms of quantity, we find ourselves at roughly about three times the amount of annual capital, planning and construction activity than normal," Lujan says. "I think it is clearly through Dr. Gordon’s overall institutional leadership that a lot of these projects have come to fruition. For example, the Student Union Building, the Law School, the Hibben Center, Architecture & Planning and the parking garage all have had his support.

"There’s no doubt during his time as principal leader of the university, the face of the institution has changed in a positive way. They are clearly a part of the legacy he'll leave here at UNM."