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Highlands Offices Move to Make Way for Historic Rodgers Hall Renovation

Las Vegas, N.M. – The New Mexico Highlands University Business Office and Human Resources Office are now open in the university’s Communications West Building at 901 University Ave. directly across from the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

The two offices are among the university offices relocating to make way for the historic Rodgers Hall renovation slated to begin approximately July 2018.

“Relocating the Business and Human Resources Offices to the Communications building was a practical decision,” said Sylvia Baca, Highlands facilities and planning director. “After the Media Arts and Technology program moved to the Trolley building, the Communications building was about 25 percent occupied and had great potential and space to house these two major offices. A remodel has been done at the Communications building to address safety issues and accommodate the Business and Human Resources Offices that will remain at this building permanently.”

The Highlands University Relations Office is also housed in the Communications West Building, along with the university’s KEDP 91.1 FM radio station and Ilfeld Auditorium Office.

Looking ahead, university offices scheduled to move later this year into the university’s Communications East Building, also at 901 University Ave., include the President’s Office, Academic Affairs Office, and Finance and Administration Office.

Baca said that sometime after Highlands May 2018 commencement, the executive offices will be relocating to the Communications building so work can begin on Rodgers Hall.

“The Rodgers Hall renovation will take approximately 10 months. After that, the executive offices will be moved back to Rodgers Hall,” Baca said.

She said the university is working with the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office to determine how historic elements of Rodgers Hall will be managed.

“We will present the completed design phase for Rodgers Hall to the university’s Board of Regents for consideration at an upcoming public meeting on the main campus,” Baca said.