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UNM’s Anderson School plans to build new complex


Architect\’s conceptualization of the new complex planned for UNM\’s Anderson School of Management. (Courtesy UNM)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management plans to replace its 1960s-era home with two new buildings designed with classrooms and technology befitting the 21st Century.

The plan calls for the new buildings to be constructed in phases, with the start of construction on the first 65,000-square-foot, four-story structure to begin in the fall of 2016.

The school is now housed in four buildings that were designed with chalkboards in the classrooms and typewriters in the offices, said Steven Yourstone, chair of the school’s  marketing information and decision sciences.

He said the school has installed some new technology over the years, but the rooms weren’t designed for new teaching methods which call for students to work with videos and PowerPoint presentations.

“You can still lecture in those rooms, but that’s not the way people learn now,” he said.

Present-day students and faculty need classrooms with higher ceilings to accommodate multiple flat-panel display screens. They also need places to interact for collaborative group projects and to interact with advisers, he said.

Yourstone said the school’s two main buildings were completed in 1968 and have single pane windows and no insulation, two smaller buildings date from 1948 and 1987.

Yourstone said the school has received $6.2 million toward the estimated $25 million cost of the first construction phase. Of that, of that $5 million is from a private donation from the McKinnon family — personal friends of former Anderson Dean Doug Brown— and around $720,000 is from state severance tax bonds.

Yourstone said the school hopes the UNM regents will approve its request for $18 million in bond financing at the regents’ Sept. 11 meeting.

The first building will be erected in what is now a parking lot along Las Lomas Avenue, in front of the existing Anderson School buildings. Teaching activities will continue as usual in those two buildings while construction is underway, Yourstone said.

The second phase involves demolition of the building on west side of the existing complex which will be replaced by a 45,000-square-foot building costing an estimated $23 million. Funding sources for the second phase have not been determined, Yourstone said. The building on the east side will continue to be used for teaching and office space, Yourstone said.

Students, faculty and staff can find out more about the project at a forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today  in the UNM Student Union Building Atrium.