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The new Technology Center and Classroom Building projects a new image for UNM’s Gallup campus. The architecture presents a dynamic relationship of building and site while massing boldly expresses the program. The palate of materials: natural copper, cast-in place concrete, and high performance glazing compliment, and provide a fresh interpretation of, the existing campus.
Framing the campus’ primary gateway, the two-story plan responds to a steeply sloping site by engaging the hillside to give both levels on-grade access. A high bay volume with southern exposure connects both levels, helping provide every space with borrowed or direct daylight and views. The building program forms a U shape around an outdoor sunken patio to the south, sheltering the space from northwesterly winds to provide much-needed campus outdoor space.
The building program includes: a “one stop shop” consolidating student services functions; technology classrooms; and varied, technology-heavy student gathering spaces that promote student/faculty/staff interaction. A large community-oriented multi-purpose room captures magnificent views to surrounding mountains and mesas.
The Technology Center and Classroom Building is a LEED Gold project. An Under Floor Air Distribution system conditions air from below – for occupant comfort and energy efficiency - while also allowing a flexible distribution of technology infrastructure.
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