Plans to construct a $3.2 million campus residence hall at Mesalands Community College have put on hold.
College President Phillip 0. Barry proposed that the college postpone its plans at Tuesday’s board meeting; and the board approved it unanimously.
Barry said the reason for the cautious posture of the trustees is a Dec. 18 directive from the New Mexico Finance Authority. Mesalands would have to be 100 percent committed to staring the project within 90 days of approval in order to receive funding, according to the directive.
“The timing would put too many construction projects in place at one time for the college,” Barry said. “We need to get the projects already committed completed before we launch another one, so this is only a postponement.”
Mesalands currently has underway a $1.5 million project to remodel and enlarge Building G for academic and administrative use. That project is scheduled for completion this fall.
In July the college will seek bids on the $7 million building to house the wind Energy Technology program and North American Wind Research and Training Center. That facility is being funded with Government Obligation Bond money approved in the recent election.
Administrators were given approval earlier to investigate the possibility of having on-campus housing and at the trustees’ Nov. 18 architect Randall Kilmer, of Kilmer and Associates A.I.A., a Clovis-based architectural firm. presented conceptual drawings and cost estimates.
In other action, the board agreed to retain Barry as president of Mesalands and extend his contract to a three-year term.
“The decision to retain Barry as president of Mesalands was unanimous,” said Bronson Moore, trustee chairman. “He has done a lot for this college and it shows with how much we have grown. The wind turbine and classes is proof enough of his determination to better the college and community.”
“I am pleased to be able to work with the board,” Barry said. “They have allowed us to move the college in the community forward.”