Big construction projects become reality

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The City of Socorro and two of the county’s biggest employers — New Mexico Tech and Presbyterian Health Services — had major projects funded and put shovels to ground in 2013.

In June, bulldozers started preparing the area south of Highway 60 on the west side of Socorro for the city’s state-of-the-art rodeo and multi-sports facility. The approximately $2.6 million facility is expected to be completed by 2015. In August, the nearly 23,000-square-foot Socorro General Medical Group building behind the hospital was completed, about a year after construction began, at a total cost of approximately $6 million. About 100 people a day now visit the building’s six clinics and laboratory outpatient services facility.

In the same month, the new 150-bed Steve S. Torres dormitory opened on the New Mexico Tech campus.

Tech broke ground this fall on the $18 million Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources building on Bullock Avenue. The existing Information Services Building was razed and parking lots relocated to make room for the facility. The new 83,000-square-foot, three-story building will house the Mineral Museum as well as all of the bureau’s offices, classrooms and laboratories in one location.