Development of a Long-Range Strategic Master Plan for Operations at the New Mexico Department of Health, Los Lunas State Campus
Service: Facility Programming and Master Planning
Project Number: 21615.181
Completion Year: 2019
Location: Los Lunas, NM

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Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) was retained by the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) through a contract with the State Capitol Buildings Planning Commission to determine long-range operational and development roadmaps for selected New Mexico Department of Health Campus sites including the Los Lunas State Campus in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

The Los Lunas State Campus originally opened in 1925 as a residential facility for the developmentally disabled. As the result of a lawsuit and the move toward providing community-based services for the developmentally disabled, the facility was closed in 1997. Since its closure, a number of state and local governmental agencies and programs have incrementally reoccupied campus facilities including the DOH Los Lunas Community Program (LLCP).

LLCP is the only state program that provides services and supports intellectually/developmentally disabled residents of New Mexico who qualify for services under the Developmentally Disabled Waiver program.

ARC analyzed the supply and demand characteristics of the site and the functions of the campus stakeholders, and sought to understand the associated site and building issues. ARC then developed long-term development concepts and recommendations with associated implementation costs.

In the short term, ARC recommended that DOH relinquish its lead agency responsibility and make only minimal improvements to occupied facilities with particular attention to addressing code compliance and most critical programmatic needs. In the mid- to long-term, ARC recommended DOH seek funding to replace the existing facilities with a consolidated facility or complex to accommodate the administrative needs of the LLCP in accordance to an overall site master plan.