New Mexico expands the youngsters’s wellness campus in Albuquerque

Relocating around 500 employees to campus in recent years should result in annual savings of $ 3.1 million, according to estimates by the general services department.

Recent renovations, valued at $ 29 million, include air conditioning upgrades, roof replacement, interior remodeling and construction of playgrounds.

An earlier phase of construction, which was completed in 2018 with an acquisition and renovation cost of US $ 20 million, provided modern facilities to take children into government care, in some cases after traumatic experiences or abuse.

A third and final phase of construction is planned that will accommodate 50 employees in the recently established Early Childhood Education and Care Department and up to 18 employees in the Veterans Department.

Ken Ortiz, general services secretary, said the investment has been substantial and will “pay off … in improved services for families in New Mexico.”

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