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The newest building at New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Business and Research Park officially opened today with SpacePlex 2, home to an expanded General Dynamics operation at the university. The facility will provide satellite tracking, telemetry and space communications.
"We're excited," said Pam Wood, director of the research park. "General Dynamics works with a lot of our professors and students at NMSU. They hire some of our students, too. This is an opportunity to create jobs and collaborate in securing grants and contracts."
SpacePlex 2 is a 15,000-square-foot building located next to the original SpacePlex facility, constructed in 2001. General Dynamics is a leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. The company was NMSU's first research park tenant.
"This is a significant step in the rebirth of Arrowhead Business and Research Park," said Mickey Clute, managing member of Arrowhead Development, the company developing the park.
NMSU is in the middle of the first significant expansion of the research park. The current phase of development consists of 11 acres and will have up to seven buildings and 120,000 square feet of office and laboratory space.
"This park has a lot to offer for companies looking to expand," said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the NMSU College of Business and vice president for economic development. "Not only is the park conveniently located between Interstates 10 and 25, it also provides a chance for companies to work with our faculty, staff and students - some of the best around."
The next building to be constructed is in the design stage and is expected to open next summer. It will be 7,500 square feet and broken into smaller, 1,500-square-foot pads for businesses intending to establish themselves before jumping into larger spaces. Clute said the smaller spaces make the building more efficient and attractive to smaller businesses.
In addition to building construction, road work will soon begin on a mile-long extension of Payne Street to Sam Steel Way through the research park. Once complete, the new connection will better link the park to the rest of campus with two lanes for traffic. Clute said the road extension is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Other plans for the research park include working with the Las Cruces Public School District to construct an early college high school where high school students could take college-level courses for credit.
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