State University Pete V. Domenici Building Renovation & Addition|
Van H. Gilbert Architect P.C.
2428 Baylor Drive, S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106
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
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:
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade, auger cast concrete piles with pile caps &
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.
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
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
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.
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
Lighting: Focal Point, Columbia, Cree, Visa, Finglite, Hudbell,