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Smith Plaza and Union Square Renovation

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

 Lobo Landing

Smith Plaza

Lobo Landing

Lobo landing

Donor and Naming Opportunities

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)

Lantern shades:  $9,000 each

The project will transform the main pathway through the heart o campus and we are excited about the potential for new events and opportunities.  With completion scheduled for August 2018, just in time for the start of the fall semester, the UNM community will be able to utilize this area for socializing, academics, and relaxing.  If you would like to schedule a visit to view the progress, or would like more information, please contact Kim Kloeppel.  We look forward to hearing from you!  

Lantern Shades 

Lantern shades

For printable pdf of information click here.  


Kim Kloeppel
Division of Student Affairs

Larry Ryan
The UNM Foundation
Vice President of University Development

Changes to Pedestrian Traffic Around Smith Plaza Construction Site During Summer

 Changes to Pedestrian Traffic Around Smith Plaza Construction Beginning May 14. Pedestrian traffic routes around Smith Plaza will be different for a few months beginning on Monday, May 14.  During this time, pedestrians will be routed through the center of the project so that work can be done on the south side of Smith Plaza.  Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic around temporary closures.  See the attached map.

new summer route map