By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer
With a revamped theater, energy efficiency and lots more, the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building is near the end of its remodel.
David Burks, superintendent of Bradbury Stamm contracting company, said his crews are finishing the project that started a year ago. ENMU Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said the building would be opened for use in the fall.
Sloan said the remodeling provided a nicer place for community and student events. It opens an avenue to bring in professional musicians and offers a rehearsal area for music students, he said.
The project cost $9.5 million, according to information from the university, and includes the addition of a 4,500-square-foot band rehearsal room.
“The technology in this building here is better than anything I’ve seen in the state of New Mexico,” Burks said.
Recorders, mixers, projectors and touch screens are included in lesson presentation systems. Buchanan Hall theater has an audio visual system that incorporates sound and video recording options, as well as a retractable projection screen and projection equipment.
Burks also said the building is now up to code with new climate control and fire suppression systems.
Furthermore, he said the building has a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
Room lights turn on automatically when someone enters and shut themselves off several minutes after movement stops. Rest rooms have automatic sinks and toilets, which are also low-flow, Burks said.
Workers raised the ceilings, and installed windows in a number of offices. They combined some rooms and split others, but left what original walls they could.
“So it still has some character to it,” Burks said.
Also, Buchanan Hall has a dressing room and green room, a new balcony and acoustic panels on the ceiling. Burks said the seating should arrive in early May, and the pipe organ is being rebuilt in Amarillo.
“Everybody’s just tickled on how it came out,” Burks said. “Everybody’s just happy.”