MaxS Building To Be Remodeled, And Your Input Is Needed.

Featured Photo:  Seeking input from CNM students and staff, Emily Brudenell project manager with The Hartman + Majewski Design Group hands out, collects and explains surveys in the MS building third floor lobby. (Wade Faast/CNM Chronicle)

February 16, 2017. By Wade Faast

The Hartman + Majewski Design Group is designing the large renovation and remodel of the MS building on main campus and is looking for input from students and staff.

CNM and the architects in charge of the program want to know what students and staff want in the refreshed building, and what isn’t working now, Jorge Gonzales an architect with The Hartman + Majewski Design Group said.

“We aren’t telling you what environment you need to learn in, but rather asking what environment you want to learn in” he said.

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Christin Hoschain sits down to fill out a paper survey regarding the remodel of the MS building on main campus.

The response was more than they expected, he said.

They started handing out surveys and collecting information at 9 am, by 10:30 am they had over 100 surveys completed and handed out countless paper slips with a link to an online version of the survey, Gonzales said.

CNM GED student Steven Rios said the elevators are his biggest concern about the MS building.

“They are super slow and kinda creepy, not to mention always worrying that they might get stuck” he said.

Bathrooms are another concern, CNM nursing student Christin Hoschain said she gets frustrated by the lack of adequate facilities in the MS building.

With the current construction going on she regularly has to go hunt down a bathroom, she said.

Some of the new ideas that may be in the remodel design include agility and focus spaces, Jorge Gonzales said.

The agility spaces are multifunctional open air seating areas, similar to the large chairs with swiveling tables already found in the halls of the MS building.

New agility spaces may include diverse work options including comfortable chairs or bars to work at, he said.

Gonzales pointed out that while some people prefer to work with their laptop in their lap, many prefer to have table or bar available to keep that hot computer out of their lap.

The focus spaces are designed for the closed session study times when a student wants to close a door and isolate themselves, he said.

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Stacy Warden explains to Jorge Gonzales that she finds the MS building confusing and poorly laid out, saying she regularly has to go to several floors before finding the correct class room.  This is her first semester at main campus and even though it is the fourth week of classes she got lost inside the MS building on her way to her next class across campus, she said.  (Wade Faast/CNM Chronicle)

Students will be able to look into and see out of the focus spaces, but they will offer additional levels of isolating those inside from the noise and activity outside, he said.

Students are not the only focal point in their new plans, he said.

The instructors at CNM are also being asked for their input, Gonzales said.

There are a lot of things to consider, currently the fifth floor of the MS building is all staff offices, and the architects and designers want to know if that is the best option, he said.

“Shouldn’t the instructor’s offices be spread throughout all five floors, allowing for cross pollination of ideas and easier access for the students,” he asked.

Something that is in every class room, the chalkboard is up for discussion as well, do students and staff prefer the classic chalk board or dry erase white boards, he said.

The heating and cooling problems in MS are a huge distraction to Alicia Smith, some classes are way too hot and some feel freezing cold she said.
“It’s not working, and I wish they would finally fix it” Smith said.

In an email to the CNM Chronicle Brad Moore, director of communications and media relations for CNM said the HVAC system in MS is not malfunctioning and is operating, just not as effective as a newer system.

The current HVAC system is nearing the end of its life cycle and construction is currently underway to replace the aged system, he said.

CNM has been planning on replacing the older system for several years now, he said.

Work to replace the system started in July of 2016 and should be completed by late March of 2017 at an expense of $4,543,500 Moore said.

The HVAC replacement is top priority and will be finished before the remodel begins on the MS building he said.

The extensive remodel of the MS building is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018.

Main campus bookstore settles into a new home

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter | Photo By Rene Thompson

The bookstore at Main campus is now in a new location but it will continue to offer the best opportunity to students as far as book rentals in the form of cheaper digital and used book savings said Ann Heaton, Main Campus Bookstore Manager.
The bookstore is moving to the new Culinary Arts building next to the Security building across from the Smith Brasher building, and has opened as of July 29, she said. The bookstore will have less space than it did in the old location but will still offer buybacks, the same products and opportunities as it always has for students, she said.
“I am disappointed about the size of the space but that is okay, we are going to make it work, so students are going to get the same service they always do. As far as fixtures go, we are definitely upgrading to look more like your average retailer’s outlet,” she said.
With the bookstore moved, CNM will be renovating the original space for CNM Connect, so that part of CNM has the space it needs to service students effectively said Luis Campos, Executive Director of CNM’s Physical Plant.
CNM relocated the bookstore to the new Culinary Arts building to take advantage of the restaurant in the new building so students will get excited about the Culinary Arts programs new services, he said.
“Years ago in the A building the culinary arts students used to sell their baked goods to people and now the students can sell their baked products to people coming in to buy their books which is exciting to us,” he said.
Another reason the bookstore was moved is that people would have problems finding parking by the bookstore when it was in the Student Services Center and with it near the Security building it will be easier for students to park near the bookstore, Campos said.
For more information on the bookstores move or any other bookstore related questions call 243-0457.

Culinary program to cook with new fire, New building opening in Fall semester

By Daniel Montaño, Staff Reporter | Photo by Daniel Montaño

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The Culinary Arts program is getting served up four extra-large-labs with all the fixings.

Starting in the fall 2013 semester, Culinary Arts stu­dents will be cooking and baking in a brand new build­ing filled with state-of-the-art equipment, said Peter Witter, culinary lab manager.

The new building located at 725 University Blvd. features four labs capable of holding 24 stu­dents each; one for baking, one for cooking, a multi-purpose lab that will have advanced baking and cook­ing classes and a full service restaurant that will serve as a lab for advanced cooking students, Witter said.

The culinary arts pro­gram currently uses two labs in Smith Brasher hall, which can only fit 20 stu­dents, and have been doing so since the early 1990’s, he said.

“It’s a world of difference between here and there, because when you come in here you see stainless steel and everything is new and looks modern. Over in smith brasher, everything is clean and works well, but it’s old equipment because the building itself is older,” Witter said.

The current labs in SB don’t have a separate area for instructors and students to work, but the new labs are designed to make the learning process easier for students, he said.

The new instructional labs have student worksta­tions and storage racks for the students’ equipment, and instructors will have their own demonstration area complete with a sink, a stove, a grill, and a video system that will display what the instructor is doing on a large television screen that will hang over the dem­onstration area, Witter said.

“So the students out there at their worksta­tions look at the screen and everything the instructor does will be televised for them,” he said.

The new restaurant lab features a full line-kitchen, which is set up similarly to most restaurants and includes a stone-fired pizza oven and a large rational combo-oven, Witter said.

The rational oven, of which there are smaller ver­sions in the other new labs, is a technologically advanced, computer controlled oven capable of baking, searing, roasting and cooking several different items at once, and even has the capability to speak to students, Witter said.

“That rational oven is probably the most sophisti­cated oven that exists right now. It’ll literally speak to you and tell you, ‘Your bis­cuits are done, but your steak is still cooking’. Plus, it’s really simple to use. You just follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong,” he said.

The restaurant lab will be open twice a week to anyone in the public who makes reservations, and will host the advanced cooking students’ final class, which teaches the students how to cook in a real restaurant environ­ment, Witter said.

Students in the restau­rant lab will also get expe­rience as servers for half of the course, he said.

“Half of the class will be cooking for the first four weeks while the other half is in the front of the house, then they’ll switch. That way everybody gets a taste of how everything works for when they get out there,” he said.

Although the building is finishing up this month, the culinary arts program will not be moving into the new labs until after the summer term because they are reus­ing some of the older equip­ment, such as the 20 burner stove in the current bake lab.

Even though the new labs aren’t completely set-up, Witter said that the stu­dents are ready for the move.

“We got to do a few things and we got to move a few more things, but it’s almost ready. The stu­dents that are graduating are a little jealous but the new students that come in here are going to love it. This building has the same design and equipment as all the new culinary schools that you see on TV,” he said.

Misuk Rankin, Culinary Arts major, and Denise Terrazas, culinary arts tutor for ACE took a tour of the new facilities with Witter, and both said they were excited to work in the new labs.

“I’m just so grateful I got in and that I get to bake and cook in a brand new kitchen. It’s so beautiful. I’m overwhelmed. It makes me want to bake right now,” Rankin said.

Terrazas said she thinks the ability to fit more stu­dents comfortably in the new labs will make it easier for students to learn and help to get more people into the culinary arts program.

“I think it’s awesome! I think it gives the students an opportunity to spread out because it can be really hard to work when you’re on top of each other. Plus, there’s always a list of people trying to get into the culinary program and hopefully this will ease the burden in the department,” Terrazas said.

Witter also said the new labs larger size will help to lessen the amount of stu­dents on the waitlist for the culinary arts program.