CNM Rio Rancho Campus

Rio Rancho, NM

The first building of the CNM Rio Rancho campus plan, the facility conveys CNM’s long term commitment to the community for providing quality higher education. This landmark project is an instructional building offering general classes and specialized programs in nursing, biology, chemistry, and technology. Special attention was given to the impact of construction on the environment to avoid disturbing the delicate ecosystems of this remote area. Site sensitive landscaping was selected to coordinate with the local fauna. The central courtyard of the building offers a protected exterior gathering space while bringing more opportunities of bringing natural light into the classrooms. Student agility spaces offer comfortable areas of repose and tremendous views.

Awards: 2011 NAIOP Awards of Excellence, Eagle Award, Education, 2010 Southwest Contractor, Best of 2010 Awards, Higher Education Category

Photography credit: Patrick Coulie Photography


  • LEED Gold
  • 40 acre site
  • 66,000 SF
  • $14.7 million
  • CMAR Gerald Martin
  • Ground-coupled heat pumps
  • 90% of occupied spaces have natural daylighting
  • 18 multipurpose classrooms