Nov 8, 2017

University in Hobbs, New Mexico Looking at Facility Expansion


Plans are currently underway for what may end up being a nearly $46 million building expansion at a small but growing 4-year school in Hobbs, New Mexico.

The interdenominational University of the Southwest, at 6610 N. Lovington Highway, features a sprawling nearly 200-acre campus that school officials say could soon be very busy with a wide variety of new building projects.

Those projects will be a part of the school’s Vision 20/20 master plan and will include a new 94-bed dormitory, an athletic complex with a concession building and 12 tennis courts, an indoor multipurpose practice building, and 600-seat chapel, among other facilities.

Three of the biggest price tag items in the plan are the dormitory at $8 million, the chapel at $5 million, and the athletic complex, at $4.5 million.

Funding for the campus-wide projects is expected to come through private donations and foundation giving.

Opened in 1962, the University of the Southwest has in recent years been enjoying an enrollment increase seeing its numbers jump from around 600 in 2008 to more than 1,000 students today.

A construction schedule for the Vision 20/20 plan remains to be announced.


By Garry Boulard

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