FAQ - New Campus

When does construction begin?

Construction begins on the new 72,668 square foot campus at the Sanbusco Center on April, 1st 2018.

How will it be built?

The new campus will be built in three phases:

  • Phase one will address core-use needs, including the construction of classrooms, including art studios and practice rooms, a media center, administrative work areas and offices, a counseling center and a warming/serving kitchen.

  • Phase two will add a full residential center and dormitories, student cafeteria and outdoor school courtyard.

  • Phase three will add a state-of the-art performing arts center that can be used both for school and community programs/events.

How many students will the new campus serve?

The new campus will allow the school to initially accommodate up to 360, and ultimately 400 students (the current campus serves 217).

How many students will reside in the new dorms?

The new dorms will house up to 60 students. NMSA’s current residential facility, which houses approximately 20 students, will continue to remain in use until phase two building is completed.

When will classes begin at the new campus?

At the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. Completion dates for subsequent phases are not yet determined.

Why Sanbusco?

The site was chosen due to its proximity to public transportation (Rail Runner and bus lines) to increase access to the school for commuting students.

Where do NMSA students reside? 

NMSA students come from 29 communities in 7 New Mexico counties.

How much will the project cost?

Phase one construction is expected to cost approximately $30 million, capitalized via private donations. The property is owned debt-free.  

How will this effect the local economy?

An economic impact analysis conducted at the request of the Santa Fe City Council by O’Donnell Economics & Strategy of Corrales, New Mexico, found that NMSA’s recurring contribution to the City of Santa Fe over the next ten years at the new campus site is estimated to be $80.3 million, approximately $8 million annually.

Who is building the school?

Award-winning New Mexico-based Studio Southwest Architects is serving as executive architect on the project. The master plan was developed by San Antonio-based Lake|Flato, named 6th in Architects Magazine’s 2015 Top 50 list and included on Fast Company’s list of ‘Ten Most Innovative Firms’ in the World. 

When was Sanbusco Center built?

The center was originally constructed in the late 1800s by Santa Fe Builders Supply Co. and converted in 1984 into a seven-building shopping center, which was most recently home to anchor tenants Borders and Cost Plus World Market.

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 Sean Johnson


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