New Mexico State University (NMSU)  chose PSC to design and provide bid services for a 68,458-square-foot three-story residential hall (north wing) with partial basement and one-story classroom wing (south wing). The project was initiated by the First Year Residential Experience and the requirement that first-year students to live on campus. Upon completion, the residence hall will add 300 beds to student housing.

The $15 million project is located along the International Mall, a pedestrian mall that continues through the center of the NMSU campus. The building is a sprinklered facility with wood construction and an elevator and is targeted to achieve LEED Silver certification. The building envelope is an exterior insulation finish system (EIFS) with insulated glazed aluminum windows, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing and clay tile roof accents. The 2,500-square-foot basement will tie into the existing utilities of the existing university utility tunnel, which runs north to south and borders the west side of the site.

The building is U-shaped and includes a courtyard developed with paving, outdoor areas and a stormwater drainage retainage pond. The project also includes a new access road and fire lane, which will be developed on the north side of the site adjacent to an existing parking lot.

This design will also fulfill a standard set by NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. Traditional Spanish-Rennaisance architecture is a requirement for future construction on campus. A goal of the design was to achieve a modern edge and innovative features that will attract students to live on campus.  Suites are two to four bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Two classroom spaces are divided by a movable partition.

The residence hall broke ground in April 2018 at the previous site of Monagle Hall. The project is expected to be completed for the fall semester of 2019.

“We want students to live on campus. To have students live on campus and enjoy student life you have to have the right kind of facilities.”

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers