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Smith Plaza and Union Square Renovation

Changes to Pedestrian Traffic Around Smith Plaza Construction Site During Spring Break

Smith Plaza map thumbnail

Pedestrian traffic routes around Smith Plaza will be different for three weeks beginning on Saturday, March 10 and continuing through Sunday, April 1. During these three weeks, detour signs will be in place to direct traffic around temporary closures.  (see attached map)

Pedestrian circulation running east-west through the area immediately south of Zimmerman Library, north of Smith Plaza will be closed for the entire  three weeks, March 10-April 1. Access to the south entrance of Zimmerman Library will be available at all times, however pedestrians will only be able to approach this entry from the west.

Pedestrian circulation running east-west through the area immediately south of the Education Classrooms, north of Union Square will be closed during Spring Break only, March 10-18.  Pedestrians will need to use the detour through Travelstead Hall during this time.  Pedestrians coming from the east will be able to access Zimmerman Library through the north entrance.

Access to the Student Union Building will be unchanged.

Spring Break Hours:

Student Union Building

Sunday, Mar. 11 – closed

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16 – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 – closed  

Zimmerman Library

Sunday, Mar. 11 – closed

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 – Closed



Official Ground Breaking Ceremony

Ground breaking ceremony invite

The University of New Mexico will host a Smith Plaza renovation ground breaking ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 9 a.m. on Smith Plaza (south of Zimmerman Library, north of the Student Union Building (SUB).  The brief ceremony will feature information from Chaouki Abdallah, interim president for UNM,
UNM Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, representatives from Jaynes Corporation, MRWM Landscape Architects, and others involved with the project

Construction Updates

Construction for the project began on December 18.  Please click here for the UNM Newsroom Article outlining the plan including projected dates.  

Please see the Pedestrian Traffic Map for information on closures for pedestrian traffic.   

Smith Plaza

Lobo Landing

Plaza plateau

Smith Plaza/Union Square is located in the heart of main campus, south of Zimmerman Library, north of the Student Union Building (SUB) and Humanities Building, south of the Student Union Building (SUB) and east of the Duck Pond.  The renovation of Smith Plaza/Union Square aims to create an outdoor great roomthat promotes the University of New Mexico as a Destination University.

The new Smith Plaza/Union Square will accommodate the diverse University community by promoting a balance of academic and social activities and provide flexibility to allow for small and large gatherings. The objective is to create a safe, accessible, comfortable, connected community and environment for campus users to feel engaged, socialize, relax and study.

  • It is estimated that 10,000 students, staff and faculty flow through this area each day; 75,000 during Welcome Back Days (first week of fall classes); 600 during HAnging of the Greens; 25,000 full and part-time students are enrolled on main campus
  • Size: 3.3 acres
  • Budget: $ 3,000,000
  • Funding Sources: 2016 & 2017 Institutional Bonds

Donor and Naming Opportunities

Plateau A:     $43,000 (4300 sq ft)

Plateau B:     $22,000 (2360 sq ft)

Plateau C:     $50,000 (5265 sq ft)

Plateau D:     $66,000 (9865 sq ft)

Lobo Landing:    $75,000 (4085 sq ft)

naming opportunities

Lantern Shades with lighting

$15,000 each

lantern shade

Donor Wall

$60,000 with lighting

$4,000 12x6" name plate

$5,000  12x9" name plate

$10,000 12x18” name plate (various options available)

Donor wall

donor wall with lighting

Donor wall


Kim Kloeppel
Division of Student Affairs

Larry Ryan
The UNM Foundation
Vice President of University Development