ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State University is moving its satellite location in Albuquerque from the Pinetree Corporate Center on Indian School to a smaller space on CNM’s Montoya campus.
New Mexico State, which moved to the site in 2009, is expected to vacate the 40,000-square-foot space by August and the owner, Gemini Rosemont, is now looking for a new tenant, perhaps another education provider.
NMSU’s Albuquerque Center is scaling back its local footprint to a smaller location at Central New Mexico Community College’s Montoya campus in the Northeast Heights, according to a spokesman. The new location is 11,717 square feet, he said.
“NMSU originally had a vision for expanding what was offered at the Albuquerque Center and utilizing that entire space, but that never transpired,” said Justin Bannister, a spokesman for the university.
The move, which will not impact the number of Albuquerque employees or students served annually, not only allows the institution to save money on rent but provides opportunities to collaborate with CNM.
The Albuquerque Center has 20 employees. It serves about 70 social work students and three dozen students in its online public health degree program per year, plus walk-in student traffic to take proctored exams.
NMSU only offers programs in Albuquerque that are not available from the University of New Mexico and CNM. Students can obtain master’s degrees in social work and public health and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and early childhood education.
The five-building office complex at 4501 Indian School NE, built between 1975 and 1980, was one of the marquee properties of Gemini Rosemont’s predecessor company, BGK Group, during the 1990s. Pinetree is something of a higher-education hub with tenants such as New Mexico State, National American University and Webster University.
The property is being marketed by Scott Whitefield of Colliers International New Mexico.