Music Building to get makeover

Thomas Garcia

The Fine Arts Programs at Eastern New Mexico University will be getting a new home with renovations and additions to the Music Building.

Floorplans for the new renovations still need to be approved and bid on, but construction should begin in September, said Michael Sitton, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

The design for the renovations and additions to the Music Building were done by Van H. Gilbert Architect PC, of Albuquerque, Sitton said.
The construction should be completed in October of 2009 with a final cost $8.5 million.

Renovations will include the complete replacement of the interior systems including electrical and plumbing. A new addition will be added to the building which is where the ENMU Band will reside, Sitton said.

The band’s old room will be the new home for the ENMU choir program. The choir program had been without an official home for many years. They had been practicing in Buchanan Hall, and equipment had to be moved in and out every time the choir rehearsed.

Sitton said Buchanan Hall will get a new look, with an enlarged stage and a few more seats in an enlarged balcony section.

The funding for the renovations and addition to the Music Building has come from three sources. There is $4.5 million made available from the 2006 General Obligation (GO) Bonds, $3 million has come from ENMU and an additional $1 million is being sought from the 2008 GO Bonds, Sitton said.

“Fundraisers and donations have raised over $250,000 which will be used to assist in the construction cost and equipment,” Sitton said.

Along with a $50,000 donation from the ENMU Alumni Band, $65,000 was donated from the Kresege Foundation, Sitton said.

“The $65,000 will be used towards helping make the building meet the State of New Mexico’s Green Design Standard,” Sitton said. “The green design will help to conserve energy and save money on energy cost.”

While the Music Building is under construction the Fine Arts offices, faculty and students will be housed in temporary locations, Sitton said.

Practice rooms, faculty and department offices will be in Chavez Hall. The College of Fine Arts offices and band and percussion rehearsals will be in the old KENW-Broadcast Center. The choir and classroom will be in the College of Business, Sitton said