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General Obligation Bond C for Higher Education

Project Summaries

Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities Phase 2: The second phase of this project will focus on improved laboratory, research and classroom spaces for the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. These include a Student Learning and Livestock Outreach Center and Phase 2 of the Biomedical Research Building, as well as research and education facilities for animal and natural resources disciplines. ($18 million)

Note: Agricultural Education Facilities Master Plan II is currently being updated to reflect reduced funding scope from requested $25 million.

Milton Hall Data Center Infrastructure Upgrades: Improvements will be made to the information technology system campus‐wide to replace outdated or deficient systems and create technology for today’s learning environment. The project will include upgrades and replacement of data centers, computer systems and equipment, campus infrastructure and classroom technology. ($3 million)

Agricultural Science Center Improvements: Statewide Agricultural Science Centers support fundamental and applied research under New Mexico's varied environmental conditions to meet the agricultural and natural resource management needs of communities in every part of the state. Without major repairs, significant building system improvements and site remediation, ASCs will struggle to continue serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population. ($3 million)

Other Projects

  • Doña Ana Community College creative campus media building and safety/security upgrades in Doña Ana County: $1.86 million
  • Renovations to the Physical Plant building and mechanical ductwork for NMSU-Alamogordo campus in Otero County: $1.8 million
  • Site, parking and infrastructure renovations at NMSU-Carlsbad campus in Eddy County: $1.5 million
  • Renovations to Martinez Hall at NMSU-Grants campus in Cibola County: $1.3 million

 



How will GO Bond C help shape New Mexico’s future?

Passage of the GO Bond will shape the future of educational opportunities.

The ACES Student Learning and Livestock Outreach Center will provide a central location for both experiential and distance learning models, as instructors create innovative hybrid lessons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also offer a space for community youth events and Therapeutic Riding sessions, and will be a future home for statewide 4‐H and FFA conferences, when they can safely be held in person.

Passage of the GO Bond will shape the future of economic growth.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences advances NMSU’s mission by being an engine for the economic and community development of New Mexico. Agriculture and food processing industries generated nearly $11 billion and 51,000 jobs for the New Mexico economy, according to a recent study. Modernization and expansion of learning environments helps to create an agricultural workforce prepared to advance the industry and grow New Mexico’s economy.

Passage of the GO Bond will shape the future of life-changing research and outreach.

These new and modernized facilities will provide a central location to teach and conduct cross-disciplinary biomedical research. With the right tools and facilities, NMSU research teams can continue their work to help the world understand, prevent, and manage disease outbreaks. Building and updating these facilities supports NMSU’s mission to serve the people of New Mexico through teaching, research and extension.


What other bonds are on the ballot that will make a difference at NMSU?

A separate bond issue, GO Bond B for libraries, will provide $3 million statewide for university library resources, of which the NMSU system will receive a portion. Look for the bond items on the BACK of the ballot!

 

Dates to Remember

October 6 – Last day to register to vote

October 6 thru November 3  – Absentee Voting

October 6 thru November 3 – Early in-person voting at the Dona Ana County Government Center only

October 17 thru 31 – Early in-person voting available at Alternate Early Voting Centers, visit  www.dacelections.com  for a list of locations

November 3 – Election Day



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Early architectural renderings of how buildings in the agricultural district might look at NMSU’s Las Cruces campus. The buildings’ designs are underway using general obligation bond funding approved by voters in 2018 – Phase 1 of the Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities project. Another $18 million for the project’s second phase is part of the 2020 GO Bond on the ballot Nov. 3. (Images courtesy fbt architects). 

 

GO Bond C and NMSU:
Powering New Mexico’s Economy

NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is an engine for economic and community development of New Mexico. The agricultural and food processing industries contribute $11 billion annually to New Mexico’s economy. Also in New Mexico there are 51,000 jobs generated by the agricultural and food processing industries.


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ZERO

Increase in taxes associated with the approval of GO Bond C 

$30.46 MILLION

Funds available to help the NMSU system state-wide if GO Bond C Passes

$156 MILLION

for colleges and universities all across the state

Learn more about Go Bond C

The 2020 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act will issue just over $156 million in general obligation bonds for institutions of higher education, special schools and tribal schools in New Mexico. The GO Bond C request includes $30.46 million for campuses across the New Mexico State University system, including $18 million for biomedical and agricultural facilities at its Las Cruces campus. Community college campuses in Grants, Doña Ana County, Carlsbad and Alamogordo will also receive funding for campus-wide infrastructure improvements, renovations and equipment.

These construction, renovation and modernization projects across the NMSU system support the NMSU LEADS 2025 strategic goals: enhance student success and social mobility; elevate research and creativity; amplify extension and outreach; and build a robust university system.

Human Health & Biomedical Research: New facilities for biomedical teaching and research will help us test cancer-fighting molecules, fight mosquito-borne diseases and engage with emerging public health concerns.

Student Learning & Public Outreach: Instructional facility to support experiential learning through interdisciplinary, community and youth events for research connected to human-animal interaction, livestock, and equine-assisted therapy programs.

Food Security & Animal Production Efficiency: Interdisciplinary research and training will increase the profitability of New Mexico’s agricultural industry as it feeds tomorrow’s global population, estimated to increase by 70% in the next 30 years.

Water Conservation and Rangeland Ecology: Water quality and rangeland conservation facilities will allow faculty to address important challenges to New Mexico’s urban and rural communities, including preserving our water and natural resources.

No, you will NOT see an increase in your property taxes. The funding in the GO Bond C measure would replace GO Bonds passed in 2010, and are now being retired after a 10-year term.

Everyone with a stake in New Mexico’s future.

The renovation and construction of facilities throughout the state acts as an economic boon for affected communities, large and small. These improvement projects employ architects, engineers, planners and construction workers who spend money and provide needed revenue for small businesses in New Mexico. Agriculture and food processing industries generated nearly $11 billion and 51,000 jobs for the New Mexico economy, according to a recent study.

GO Bond C supports higher education and New Mexico’s students. Improved facilities increase student recruitment, retention and their success.

Agricultural Science Center Needs (Unranked)

 

Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center
The Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center needs repairs to its plumbing infrastructure, connectivity of community water to its temporary housing for graduate students and visiting scientists and repairing or replacing condemned adobe storage sheds.

Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center (College Ranch)
The Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center serves New Mexico’s livestock industries and natural resources management agencies by providing an outdoor laboratory for livestock grazing management and range management. The center needs to renovate the antiquated headquarters buildings (including asbestos abatement) and the headquarters corral.

Clayton Livestock Research Center
The Clayton Livestock Research Center conducts research to improve health of newly received beef cattle and performance of finishing beef cattle. The center needs to upgrade the plumbing and insulation in its cattle processing barn.

Clovis Agricultural Science Center
The Clovis Agricultural Science Center has a need for temporary living quarters for visiting scientists, along with upgrading the electrical wiring in the office building. In addition, the irrigation wells need repairs. 

Corona Range and Livestock Research Center
The roofs of the Headquarters residence and the North Camp residence of the approximately 28,000-acres Corona Range and Livestock Research Center are very old and require replacement.

Fabian Garcia Research Center
The Fabian Garcia Research Center is an outdoor horticultural laboratory. The center needs to remodel the research greenhouses for plant breeding research. 

Farmington Agricultural Science Center
Monies would be used to renovate the shop building at the Farmington Agricultural Science Center. This will require 180 square feet of asbestos abatement.

Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center
The Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center is an outdoor laboratory for agronomic research. The center needs to replace its irrigation infrastructure and add an additional irrigation well.

Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center
The Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center serves the greater Albuquerque area and the Middle Rio Grande Valley with urban horticulture, entomology, and wine grape programs. The Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center also cooperates with the co-located USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center to test plant varieties for reclamation and conservation issues. The center needs to renovate the greenhouse/headhouse/lab to be able to provide desk and lab space for research faculty.

Rex E. Kirksey Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari
The center was founded in 1923. The funds will permit the center to renovate its aging and inadequate shop, lab, and office buildings.

 


AGRICULTURE AND THE ECONOMY

$11 BILLION

Annual contribution to New Mexico’s economy by the agricultural and food processing industries.

51,000

New Mexico jobs generated by agricultural and good processing industries


NMSU COLLEGE OF ACES

33 OFFICES

The Cooperative Extension Service has 33 offices, one in each county of New Mexico, providing residents with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life.

2,500

Estimated number of students who would use the facilities every year, including outreach events for group such as 4-H, FFA and industry workshops.

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Water Conservation and Rangeland Ecology

Water quality and rangeland conservation facilities will allow faculty to address important challenges to New Mexico’s urban and rural communities, including preserving our water and natural resources.

Lab

Human Health & Biomedical Research

New facilities for biomedical teaching and research will help us test cancer-fighting molecules, fight mosquito-borne diseases and engage with emerging public health concerns.

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Food Security & Animal Production Efficiency

Interdisciplinary research and training will increase the profitability of New Mexico’s agricultural industry as it feeds tomorrow’s global population, estimated to increase by 70% in the next 30 years.

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Student Learning & Public Outreach

Climate-controlled facilities will support NMSU experiential learning, community and youth events involving horses, livestock and equine-assisted therapy programs.

Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities Phase 2

New Mexico State University's #1 funding priority for the 2020 GO Bond C includes facilities to meet vital concerns in New Mexico:

  • Water Conservation & Rangeland Ecology
  • Human Health & Biomedical Research
  • Food Security & Animal Production Efficiency
  • Student Learning & Public Outreach
New building rendering on campus

 

Enhancing multidisciplinary research and experiential learning to create a vibrant workforce and economy for New Mexico

2018 GO Bond D
Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities Phase 1

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