Nearly two dozen New Mexico State University facility and infrastructure projects have been approved for funding by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Those projects comprise around $4.2 million in funding out of a total of $6.1 million initially passed by state lawmakers in this year’s regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature.
The largest ticket item is seeing $2 million for the phase two renovation of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s research facility on NMSU’s Las Cruces campus.
Additional approved funding includes $400,000 for the planning and design of the Creative Media Institute; $575,000 for lighting at the school’s soccer complex; and $250,000 for the renovation of the school’s Autism Diagnostic Center.
Some $1 million has also been given a green light for a new scoreboard and videos services at the school’s Pan American Center; while the Alamogordo campus is receiving $400,000 for an elevator replacement project at the David H. Townsend Library.
The school’s popular Sunspot Solar Observatory in the town of Sunspot is additionally receiving $100,000, mostly for facility renovation work.
The Governor vetoed both $732,000 in spending for improvements to the school’s Water Research and Education Lab and $800,000 for an expansion of NMSU’s weather network service.
By Garry Boulard
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