A long-planned effort to build a new College of Fine Arts building on the main campus of the University of New Mexico, while upgrading other structures used by the college, could cost up to $45 million.
In a document called FY20 Capital Plan Priorities, UNM notes that it would cost around $35 million to build a new main College of Fine Arts building, and another $10 million to upgrade the more than a dozen other structures used by the school
Noting that those structures were built between 1927 and 1977, the document says: “The buildings have leaky roofs and outdated infrastructure, including power and data.”
“These factors,” the document continues, “combined with inadequate size and types of facilities, create ineffective teaching spaces as needed to support the various CFA programs.”
Because of the size and scope of the College of Fine Arts replacement and renewal effort, it is expected that UNM will seek funding in phases from the New Mexico State Legislature for the project.
By Garry Boulard
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