UNM Smith Plaza/Union Square Renovation

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: Under Construction

Team: McCLain + Yu Architecture & Design, Surfacedesign, Inc. 

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Smith Plaza/Union Square is located in the heart of the historic main campus at the University of New Mexico. 

The renovation of Smith Plaza/Union Square aims to create an outdoor “great room” that promotes the university as a Destination University in which all of the campus community can study, work, and socialize. This renovation has the added benefit of enhancing the student experience and recruitment efforts for the University. 

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