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  NM State University Pete V. Domenici Building Renovation & AdditionNM State University Pete V. Domenici Building Renovation & Addition


Van H. Gilbert Architect P.C.
2428 Baylor Drive, S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106

General Description

Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Date Bid: Mar 2013
Construction Period: May 2013 to Sep 2014
Total Square Feet: 53,341 Site: 1.62 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two; 9 classrooms seating 244; auditorium seating 190.
Building Sizes: Branson Library Renovation, 13,785; Hershel Zohn/IPP, 39,556. Lower level, 7,960; first floor, 19,767; second floor, 13,785; each additional floor, 11,829; total, 53,341 square feet.
Building Height: Lower level, 10’; first floor, 14’; second floor, 10’; total, Varies. Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, auger cast concrete piles with pile caps & grade beam.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, EIFS.
Roof: Membrane, clay tile, TPO.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
KBTU/SF/yr: 145.6 source, 72.8 site.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Chavez Grieves Consulting Engineers - 4700 Lincoln Road, N.E. #102, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Bath Engineering, Inc. - 4110 Rio Bravo, #102, El Paso, TX 79902
Civil Engineer: Isaacson & Arfman P.A. - 128 Monroe Street, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
General Contractor: Jaynes Corporation - 2906 Broadway Boulevard, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87107
Cost Estimator: CRM Cost Consulting, Inc. - 6120 87th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424
Acoustical/Sound-Video Consultant: Stan Roller & Associates, Inc. - 867 Lilac Lane, Naperville, IL 60540
Theater & Lecture Hall Lighting: Bill Conner Associates, LLC - 48 Sweetbriar Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

In September 2014, New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces celebrated the grand opening of the Pete V. Domenici Hall. Designed by Albuquerque-based Van H. Gilbert Architect (VHGA), Domenici Hall honors Retired Senator, Pete V. Domenici, who served six terms in the U. S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. The transformed building is home to Senator Domenici’s Institute for Public Policy. The Institute for Public Policy (IPP) is intended as a gathering place for national and international experts in diverse fields of public policy and service to come together to explore solutions to world issues. The annual Domenici Conference draws from a broad spectrum of public figures to discuss national security, elections, immigration reform, cyber security, world economics, financial reform, health reforms.

Portions of the original 1950’s Hershel Zohn Theater were demolished and replaced by building additions on three sides, creating a light filled, multi-story, multi-functional atrium and a covered portal. The design creates a strong, new architectural identity that meets programmatic vision and goals of Senator Domenici and NMSU. The complex renovation/repurposing project also delivered a signature campus structure that expresses the regional character of the campus and fosters a sense of place. The context-sensitive design of the 40,000 square foot building complements NMSU’s historic California Mission design idiom with red tile roofs, deep overhangs, tower elements, and portals.

The IPP Conference Center design features a flexible, technology rich infrastructure and acoustic environment with support spaces that put it in the forefront of similar facilities across the country. The building’s technology infrastructure supports personal devices, video imaging, web streaming, and remote access to IPP events. Live video capture uses three high definition cameras for the presenter area and two cameras focused on the audience. Boardroom meeting facilities with catering support lend themselves to multiple uses. Office areas for permanent staff and visiting researchers are also provided. The project included the retrofit of a portion of the adjacent library as a humidity-controlled, secure archive facility to hold Senator Domenici’s collected papers “We were proud to work on this very special project for the Senator and for the University,” said Van H. Gilbert, FAIA, who is leading the design effort. “We know the NMSU campus well having worked on several buildings here and we focused on designing a building that is a fitting tribute to Senator Domenici and a meaningful addition to the NMSU campus.”

Key to VHGA’s design are the high-performance, sustainable, and green building principles that Senator Domenici championed. The building, targeted for LEED® Silver Certification, features high performance Low E glazing, increased insulation, low flow plumbing, light shelves and sunshades. The design also features a new, high-efficiency HVAC systems and a total electrical upgrade. The new central atrium was designed as another way to bring more daylight deep into the building and reduce the need for electric lighting during the day. At night the Domenici Building shines like a beacon.

This $15 million renovation and addition project was in part funded by a legacy gift approved by Congress to commemorate Senator Domenici when he retired from the US Senate in 2009.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Del Norte Masonry Products, Trenwyth, Parex
Roofing: Carlisle SynTec
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Tubelite
Interior: Cemco, American Gypsum
Flooring: Ergon, Daltile, Johnsonite, Tarkett, Tandus
Daylighting/Skylights: Kalwall
Lighting: Focal Point, Columbia, Cree, Visa, Finglite, Hudbell, Axis
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp

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