The University of New Mexico’s long-time mission to build a “modern medical facility” got back on track on Tuesday after regents voted to proceed with program management services and architectural design planning. It’s a significant step forward for a project that has seen speed bumps along the way.
Regents approved a $6.8 million contract with Austin-based Broaddus & Associates for construction management services and a $33.9 million bid with Omaha, Nebraska-based HDR Architecture Inc. and home-grown FBT Architects to provide schematic designs and construction documents. Planning is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
UNMH administrators have hoped for some time to address chronic capacity challenges by building a new facility. The recent availability of the UNM’s physics building on 6.7 acres located west of the hospital on Lomas NE may have provided the spark needed to allow the project to move forward.
Plans call for building a 48-bed addition to the current hospital that would include an adult emergency facility, pre-op and surgical suites and inpatient care rooms, according to Mike Chicarelli, the hospital’s COO.