Construction on Catering/Brewery Enters the Black Phase

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Mark Graven

Staff Reporter

Construction on the Catering Brewery Facility at Robert P. Matteuchi Hall continues, and has entered the Black Phase, as pictured on September 28.

The project has already passed through yellow and light blue phases, but must undergo a metamorphosis into creamy white, before it is complete, according to architectural renderings prepared by FBT Architects of Albuquerque.

A rendering of the project, as finished, is displayed on a fence at the construction site on University Boulevard, just south of CNM’ s newly constructed Market Place.

General Contractor for the project is Brycon Construction of Albuquerque.

Blue Skies Canopy Fall Semester Opening

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Mark Graven

Staff Writer

Skies are blue–albeit a bit hazy– as the Fall Semester at CNM kicks into gear.

The parking lot is full in front of the Student Services center. Meanwhile, students are able to get directions and information from a booth set up as part of “Suncat Days,” by the stairs near Max Salazar Hall.

Across University Boulevard, construction on the Catering Services/Brewery at Robert P. Matteuchi Hall continues, and is going through a light blue phase (as if to match the skies).
On the North side of Main Campus, a billboard on E Building beams out a strong message in blue: it looks like “E” stands for being “exceptional” at CNM.

The Signs are up at Starbucks

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Mark Graven

Staff Writer

The signs are up for the new Starbuck’s at CNM’s Marketplace, but the store has not announced an opening date, as the campus prepares for the onset of the Fall Semester. While the Marketplace Bookstore is open to patrons wearing masks, construction was continuing on the interior of the Starbucks, as of Friday, August 27. Signage on the Starbucks University Boulevard entrance indicates that Starbucks will be “coming soon.” Outdoor tables are already placed on a patio, marked by the familiar Starbucks emblem on a wall clearly visible from University Boulevard.

New KC Grass Is Unreal

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Mark Graven

Staff Writer

Franken Construction workers install artificial grass.

The soon-to-be sculpture garden at Ken Chappy Hall on Main Campus is getting some drought protection in the form of artificial grass, as workers under the supervision of Franken Construction of Albuquerque wield their gardening tools on July 27th.  The artificial grass is pretty green, but that’s true of most grass on the other side of the construction fence.

Catering/Brewery at RPM, Coming Right Up

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Mark Graven

Staff Writer

As of May 28th, the foundation for the new catering/brewery facility at Robert P. Matteuchi Hall on CNM’s Main Campus has been laid, and the superstructure is being erected.  Brycon Construction of Albuquerque is the general contractor for the job.

CNM Hammers Away at Construction

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Mark Graven

Staff Writer

(slide show above)


The construction boom at CNM continues as we enter the New Year. 
 A photographic tour of campus showed at least three construction projects currently on-going.


Last year, the college knocked down “N” Building on the north side of the Main Campus.  Workers from Contrares Constructio Corp., of Albuquerque, have been putting in a plaza in the eastern half of N’s foot print, in front of the Louis E. Saavedra Administration Building. The large plaza will add benches and tables to the trees left in place at the site  workers said.

CNM Built the Market Place on University Boulevard and moved the book store into it.  
Now the Robert. P.  Matteucci Hall or RPM  Building,  which used to house the book store, is being converted by the college into a catering/brewery facility.  Brycon Construction of Albuquerque is the general contractor for the job.

Meanwhile workers are forging ahead with a long planned remodel of Ken Chappy Hall.  College officials have said they expect to move some art classrooms venues that were moved into the newly renovated Max Salazar Hall from the demolished. “N” Building, into Ken Chappy, when its remodel is complete.


Work on the ceiling above an exterior  walkway in Ken Chappy Hall can be seen in the slideshow. Franken Construction of Albuquerque is the general  contractor for the Ken Chappy remodel.

The End is Near

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 Mark Graven

Staff Reporter

The end is near for N Building.  Two excavators chomped and chewed away at the west side of N building on Monday, September 14th.  The building looked to be about two/thirds devoured, and the excavators were not pausing to brush their teeth.  Pablo Botello, of the Bradbury Stamm construction company, superintendent in charge of the demolition, said he expected the building to be completely leveled by the end of September.  He said he expected it would take another month to clear and clean the site of rubble.  Meanwhile the east end of N Building seemed to be patiently waiting for the final curtain.

The Beginning and End of N Building

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Mark Graven

Pablo Botello Superintendent for Bradbury Stamm Stands Standing in front of N Building

Staff Writer
Demolition of N Building commenced on Monday, August 31, after several months of prepping the building for its demise.
Pablo Botello, a superintendent for Bradbury Stamm, the general contractor for the project said the demolition should take about 8 to 10 weeks to complete
Yesterday a huge excavating machine was working on knocking down a wall on the southwest corner of the building.
Botello said another excavator will soon be brought in , and that along with a bulldozer and a water truck, to keep the dust down, should be enough equipment to get the job done.  
The subcontractor performing the actual demolition work is Custom Grading of Albuquerque, Botello said.