Transforming a Student Union
Constructed in 1967, the Corbett Center Student Union at New Mexico State University had been expanded and renovated numerous times, resulting in a disorganized and unloved building with little connection to the University’s culture. Our firm developed the design for renovations to the Corbett Center to respond to the diverse interests of NMSU community. During programming we met with University administrators, building managers and tenants, and students. These collaborative interactions led to our design for a dramatic transformation of this building that has turned it into the true heart of the campus.
The project involved reprogramming the former bookstore into a center for student activities and programs and a large flexible lounge that has become the University’s living room. We converted second floor of the building into a dynamic hub for studying and socializing, which provides a community space for the large number of nonresident commuter students at the University. By connecting a variety of popular program spaces, including a new computer center and reorganized offices for student government and student services we created a lively, active circulation spine.
Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers; MEP Engineer: Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers; Landscape Architect: Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd; Civil Engineer: Bohannon Huston Inc.; Building Envelope: Armstrong Consulting Group. Inc.
"It’s a really good looking space now. It seems much more inviting. I feel the space offers a lot more room for students to sit and study or hang out, which was really lacking before." Tony McClary, Graduate Student in Education