Clark Hall Chemistry Building Facility (Chem 2)

The UNM College of Arts & Sciences is renovating the north portion of the Clark Hall Chemistry Building facility (Chem 2).  When the project is complete, Chem 2 will have 38,116 Gross Square Feet (GSF) of renovated space. This will include, faculty, staff & graduate student offices, research laboratories, classrooms, lecture hall, class labs, and support spaces.  The Phase 2 project costs are $16,000,000.  The entire project will be designed and executed as a “LEED Silver” certified facility. 

The project will begin program verification in May 2019 and complete design in May 2020. Construction is expected to start in June 2020 and is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

The facility is located on the Main UNM campus on the east side of Terrace Mall to the south of Mitchell Hall.

The remodel supports UNM’s Chemistry teaching and research mission. The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, (CCB) is one of the oldest and most well established departments at the University of New Mexico, having become an academic unit in 1913. In FY15, the Department served over 7000 undergraduates and graduate students from more than 20 different UNM degree-granting programs, and generated over 22,000 student credit hours. Many of these students apply to the UNM Health Sciences programs including medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and dental hygiene. Virtually all of the students in the College of Engineering take general chemistry, and chemistry courses are also part of the requirements for College of Arts & Sciences programs in Chemical Biology, Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Biology.  The Department offers BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees, with graduate research focus areas in chemical biology, catalysis and synthesis, and photonic and electronic materials. CCB awards 40-50 bachelor’s degrees and 10-15 graduate degrees per year, and teaches chemistry to thousands of students in other science and engineering majors. Our students come from across New Mexico, the western U.S., and the world. Our graduates find careers in medicine, industry and research here and across the U.S.

Research and Graduate Program. Chemistry currently has 15 tenure-track and tenured faculty members with an additional 2 scheduled for hire in the fall of 2019. The renovations will allow for permanent faculty and lecturer growth to 28. The faculty represent the traditional disciplines of organic, inorganic, physical, and biological chemistry. However, the focus is on interdisciplinary fields that work on real-world problems.  The Department offers an interdisciplinary research environment. Chemistry offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Masters of Science (M.S. Plan I and II) degrees. The primary emphasis of the graduate program is on the Ph.D. track.