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New Bureau of Geology Building

Building front
Building progress as of 31-March-2014

In the early 2000s, the Bureau of Geology and New Mexico Tech began planning for a new building for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources. The current wood frame building we currently occupy was cobbled together over several years and has many roof leaks, inadequate bathroom facilities, and is not ADA compliant. We also have 85 years worth of irreplaceable archival materials which are at risk due to our failing building. In addition, our staff, laboratories, and our world-class Mineral Museum are in five different buildings scattered across the New Mexico Tech campus.

A site for the new building was selected between MSEC, the building that houses the Earth and Environmental Science Department, and the Skeen Library. The new 53,000 square-foot LEED certified building will include new public spaces that will allow much easier access to our Mineral Museum, the Geologic Information Center (which houses our library and archival materials), and our Subsurface Data Library (which houses our petroleum records). The building will also house our analytical laboratories. Funding for the new building will be provided, in part, from revenues generated by General Obligation Bond C for higher education capital improvement projects, which was approved by voters during the November 2012 election.

Statewide General Obligation Bonds are a means of funding capital improvements for various state institutions and come before voters every two years. General Obligation Bond Cwill provide funding for rennovations and new infrastructure at New Mexico Tech, and many other higher education institutions across the state.  The passage of GOB C did not raise taxes.

Architectural Renderings

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Building front
Rendering of the entrance to the new building