Williams Hall Renovation

Overall Goal

D.W. Williams Hall was built in 1938, originally as a gymnasium.  It was converted to house the Department of Art in 1972, but does not have the adequate space for learning, teaching, or storage.  For example, the building still has the ORIGINAL concrete bleachers built into the then-gymnasium.  The building has only about half the usable square footage necessary to accommodate its current programs, limiting enrollment. Read more about D.W. Williams Hall

Williams Hall Case Statement

Time line

  • Future Design

Architectural rendering of exterior design for proposed D.W. Williams Hall renovation

As part of GO Bond C, $22.5 million is planned for D.W. Williams Hall, which would address a number of issues with the current facility such as limited square footage, ventilation for chemical and technological processes and access issues. The new facility will also be built to and submitted for LEED Silver certification.

  • Bond C (Completed Bond Passsed)

This year’s election ballot includes General Obligation Bond C, which would provide $27.5 million for renovation and infrastructure improvements at the NMSU system statewide. Of the $27.5 million, $1.5 million would go to improvements for Doña Ana Community College and $22.5 million would go to the renovation of D.W. Williams Hall, which is on the NMSU Las Cruces campus and houses the Department of Art and University Gallery. D.W. Williams Hall was originally built as a gymnasium in 1938. The renovation would provide more space and improved learning facilities and classrooms for students. GO Bond C would not increase taxes. Read More...

  • Need for additional funds

New Mexico State University is requesting $1.5 million in planning and design funds for the renovation of D.W. Williams Hall, in preparation for the general obligation bond in 2016. Currently, private contributions and pledges for the renovation total $801,568. The renovation of D.W. Williams Hall will have a tremendous long-term economic and cultural impact on students and faculty at NMSU, as well as the larger community of Las Cruces and southern New Mexico. Read More...

  • Devasthali's $250,000 Fundraising Challenge
Rama and Ammu Devasthali

You are invited to be a part of the change that will take D. W. Williams Hall from 1938 to 2017 and beyond by joining Ammu and Rama Devasthali in clearing the way to give art room to grow at New Mexico State University! Ammu and Rama have committed $250,000 to match gifts and pledges dollar-for-dollar for new construction. This matching opportunity won’t last long but will extend past #GivingTuesday until the 250k challenge is met.

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