Eastern New Mexico University is planning a $16 million renovation for the Roosevelt Science Center, with $8 million from the 2018 bond and an additional $8 million if Bond C passes this November.
Renovation plans include state-of-the-art technology, innovative classrooms and research facilities for STEM-H related fields, a new location for the Miles Mineral Museum and Gennaro Natural History Museum, upgraded Wi-Fi hot spots, open, day-lit and energy-efficient space, updated electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and full compliance with all facets of ADA accessibility requirements.
ENMU Interim President Dr. Patrice Caldwell and Chief Financial Officer Scott Smart are looking forward to the Roosevelt Science Center enhancing the Eastern Experiences of students, faculty and staff:
How will this renovation benefit the ENMU community, particularly for students in the STEM-H fields?
Dr. Caldwell: Roosevelt Science Center is already a site of active faculty and student research and learning. Updating these labs, classrooms, museums and collection spaces with new equipment, improved air handling and energy efficiencies will enhance the level and scope of research conducted and let more students have hands-on research experiences in state-of-the-art facilities.
How will the local community be impacted?
Dr. Caldwell: Local community members and school children are frequent visitors to the museums housed in Roosevelt. We look forward to welcoming them back to new, improved educational venues to see science in action at Eastern.
Mr. Smart: The project will create construction jobs, contribute gross receipts tax to the local community and lead to purchases of construction materials from local business owners.
Absentee voting begins on Oct. 6, with early voting starting on Oct. 17. Election Day is Nov. 3. For more information, visit BondC4NM.com.