Central New Mexico Community College Montoya Campus, Richard R. Barr Hall

Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • FIRM

    RMKM Architecture, P.C.


    Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

  • AREA

    44,700 sq.ft.





Associated Firms: Jaynes Corporation (Construction Manager At-Risk); JJK Group, Inc. (Structural Engineering); Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing/Technology Engineering); Larry Read & Associates (Civil Engineering)

Design team: Don H. May, FAIA, NCARB (Principal Architect); Dave R. Williams, AIA, NCARB (Project Architect); ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$302.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation Hebert, RA, LEED AP BD+C (Interiors Architect)

The college’s most striking and influential project on the Montoya Campus in four decades re-envisions the campus master plan and establishes a new multidisciplinary learning and activity center. A new student resource center, faculty offices, dental and cosmetology labs, chemistry labs, smart classrooms, lecture hall, and plaza replace outdated facilities. Designed to receive LEED Silver certification, the project integrates new student amenities instrumental to the institution’s success.
The project prioritizes adaptation of existing elements where appropriate, rather than demolition and new construction. In total, 26,000 square feet of the original ‘J’ Building was renovated. The existing brick façade reinforces ties to the past and anchors the building in the surrounding campus. Clad in composite metal panels that accentuate program elements, the new addition references the college’s contemporary identity, brand, and educational mission.
The renovation establishes a campus center that offers useful and comfortable amenities and identity for the Montoya Campus. Functioning as a component of the learning commons, this outdoor environment interfaces with the surrounding buildings and their respective programs, resources, and services to enhance the campus experience.