UNM Taos College Pathways to Careers Center

Owner: University of New Mexico
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Architect: RMKM Architecture, P.C.


The new 12,000 SF building combines a learning resource center, teaching classrooms, archives, Center for Academic Success and Achievement and Taos Education Career Center. The bright, naturally lit open space incorporates an intricate ceiling system, formal and informal teaching spaces, and multimodal study spaces. The acequia archives are housed in temperature and humidity controlled rooms to protect artifacts. The overall site is designed to enhance student outdoor learning spaces and engagement, and required new storm drain utilities to divert water around the site.

Franken Construction worked with UNM and the architect throughout the design on constructability reviews, providing real-time pricing on design updates to verify feasibility. Franken Construction conducted on site pot holing for utilities to assist in design for rerouting existing utilities around the building pad, and took soil samples for proctors from multiple sources to assist in developing a soils report. Finally, Franken Construction provided up to date materials and equipment pricing to help determine the most cost effective and efficient solutions, and assisted with budgeting and cost estimation throughout design to meet UNM’s design goals.