New Mexico State University (NMSU) - Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Facilities Planning and Construction, Las Cruces, NM
In the summer of 2009, Smith partnered with Antunovich Architects to design the NMSU-Barnes and Noble Bookstore to LEED Silver standards. Smith provided civil engineering services and prepared the construction plans for the necessary site improvements, which included: demolition, dimensional control and paving, grading and drainage, utility, and an erosion and sediment control plan.
In order to meet the University's stormwater management program, Smith designed a retention pond with approximately 6,000-cubic feet of storage to capture approximately 70% of the site runoff. Sub-surface HDPE storm drains were utilized to convey roof drainage to the retention pond, allowing the captured water to infiltrate. This process was worth one credit under LEED's Stormwater Design Quality Control standards.
Additionally, the site was made handicap accessible from all sides by implementing ramps and stairs suitable to ADA requirements. This is also the first two-story building on campus to use escalators. The two-story building has 44,998-sf of gross floor area and is located on 1.29 acres. Aside from the bookstore, which occupies 2,350-sf of retail space, there is also a Starbucks.