Ritch Hall, Western New Mexico University (WNMU)

Originally constructed in 1907 as a women’s dormitory, Ritch Hall was in serious need of renovation.  Ritch Hall’s rooms, kitchens, hallways and bathrooms were small and out-dated.  Design objectives were challenging to say the least..

Making design efforts more difficult, Ritch Hall was out of compliance with ADA requirements and was a registered cultural/historical building.

WNMU chose FacilityBUILD, knowing that integrated Design-Build, delivered through a Job-Order Contract,  was the only way to get Ritch Hall modernized and in compliance within the limited project budget and timeline. 

FacilityBUILD’s Design-Build team accepted the challenge and got busy.  Design review meetings were scheduled. Design targeted the budget.  So there were few budget gaps to close.

Construction costs were immediately available with design changes.  Design was submitted and approved by the NM historical review board.

The project was designed, permitted and constructed in one seamless operation. 

Historical renovations are usually fraught with expensive and schedule delaying surprises.  Thanks to the collaboration of WNMU facility staff and the FacilityBUILD Design-Build team, these were kept to a minimum.