Johnson Center Expansion & Remodel

The Johnson Center Expansion & Renovation (JCER) project is a combination of new construction, demolition and partial renovation to the existing 300,000 Gross Square Feet (GSF) of Johnson Center.  The JCER project contains a total of 110,832 GSF with 53,632 GSF of new space and 57,200 GSF of renovated space.

When complete, the project will feature double the amount of space available for weight training and cardio fitness and provide indoor running / walking track, indoor cycling studio, expanded Bike and Outdoor Adventures Shop, a renovated South Gym, new east entrance with lobby and social spaces, and exterior site amenities. 

The project began Construction in June 2018 and is expected to be completed in spring of 2020. The facility is located on the Main UNM campus north of Central Avenue on the north side of Redondo Drive between Cornell Mall and the Johnson Sports Field.

The JCER project is an essential facility for the future of The University of New Mexico.  The new facility will be used primarily for open recreation by students, faculty and staff under the direction of the Recreational Services Department of the Division of Student Affairs. The new facility will also serve as a recruiting tool in attracting new students.  Recreational Services also provides space for student recreational clubs and groups as well as sponsoring off-campus programming.  The new facility will enhance the on-campus experience for existing students, especially those residing on Central Campus.  

Johnson Center currently houses the Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences Department (HESS) of the College of Education.  A portion of the new and renovated areas will be shared with HESS for academic classes.  Additionally, Johnson Center houses Athletics Department operations for both the Lobo Volleyball and the Lobo Ski Teams.  Although the Athletics’ areas are not being renovated, their users will benefit indirectly from overall facility enhancements.