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UNM GO bonds could pay for new chemistry building

Patrick Hayes
November 04, 2018 04:46 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of New Mexico is looking to upgrade one of its oldest buildings on campus.

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The 65-year-old chemistry building was built in the 1950’s and is in desperate need of repairs.

Dr. Jeff Rack, the department chairman, told KOB, "The building was constructed in 1953, the total student population on main campus then was just under 5,000 students and of course science was done differently in the 1950's."

UNM is asking voters to approve Go Bond D which will pay for three big-ticket items including the chemistry building upgrade. 

Rack said, "One of the things the funds will be used to – will be to renovate and fix our roof which leaks. We have a number of other places where we have routine leaks, some places on the second floor we have to put a bucket to collect water when it rains."

If approved, $16 million will be used to renovate the Chemistry Building. 

Taxes will not increase if the bond passes. Instead, the project would be paid back using state funds and revenue generated by the institution.

In addition to giving students a better education, Rack said the improvements will help attract more students and staff to the university.

He said, "I think many students that come from the high achieving high schools in the state of New Mexico probably have more modern looking labs and more modern functioning labs than some of the teaching labs here so absolutely it will help attracting new students but also help attracting high-quality researchers to want to come here to study."

Other projects that will be paid for by the bond include a new ROTC building on the main campus and a new resources center at UNM’s Taos branch.

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