NMJC Allied Health Building

New Mexico Junior College | Hobbs, NM

New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) nursing degree program is ranked one of the top ten in the country and it prepares nurses to serve the southeast New Mexico region primarily at two nearby hospitals. The new Allied Health Building includes approximately 23,000sf of classrooms, labs, simulation spaces, faculty offices, support spaces, and student commons.

The Allied Health Building sits between the NMJC campus and the Lea Regional Medical Center. The design and floor plan organization was based on input from NMJC staff and a design advisory team who provided information on key functional relationships on site and building layout as well as preferred materials and systems. The design was further guided by adherence to the project vision, and goals defined by the college.

The design created a facility that’s inviting and modern, incorporating elements of both academic and professional environments. Rooted at the campus, the building incorporates campus’ light-colored brick, simple lines, and modern aesthetic, while glazing in the common areas and clean terra cotta panels speak to the professional environment of the hospital to the north. Low, one-story massing is balanced by a clearly defined central form expressing the main access to the building. Glazing on the campus side provides a view into the student lounge, and on the north creates an aperture framing the hospital in the distance. This bridging of the campus and the hospital drives the building organization and encourages contemplation of the students’ professional goal as they transition through the program.

Critical goals for the project included a desire to bolster an already strong academic program, strengthen the relationship with Lea Regional Medical Center and Nor-Lea Hospital District, provide a facility that would support the curriculum needed locally, and continue to inspire students and encourage graduates to remain in Lea County. To support these goals, the building was designed as a bridge between the campus and Lea Regional Medical Center, physically, programmatically, and symbolically. Views to the hospital and main campus have been maintained and accentuated to strengthen the symbolic connection between the academic and professional worlds.

A combination of innovative design and modern technology promotes recruitment and retention of students and staff, while physical transparency and visual connections promote a state of education on display. The final design creates an intuitive and inviting atmosphere that promotes interaction and fosters collaboration that is student-student, faculty-faculty, and student-faculty.


23,000 square feet

Services Provided

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture

Featured Staff

Megan Holubiak Matthew McKim Drew Seavey Keri Stevenson


2019 NAIOP NM Eagle Award, Medical

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What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.


Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.


We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.


We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.


We are committed to delivering quality multi-family housing. With full-time dedicated staff, we have developed the knowledge, resources, and networks to deliver the best, most well-designed product for our clients. We work closely with our clients to quickly produce graphic packages that illustrate flexible solutions that can be easily priced and worked into a pro forma. Focusing on the amenities, construction costs, rent structure, and financing options very early in the process helps give shape to the finished product.

Structural Engineering

We provide structural engineering services to all of the specialized architecture design groups across our firm, as well as for external clients. Our goal is to create a truly integrated structural solution for any design challenge. We strive towards creative and efficient design solutions, utilizing a wide variety of structural systems and building materials. To accomplish this, we are involved in projects from inception to final punchlist.


We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 


As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.


We have extensive experience in the design of LEED buildings, and we’re committed to incorporating appropriate sustainable strategies into our projects. Although sustainable design has recently become a popular national trend, our firm has embraced this concept for many years as responsible design professionals. We have realized energy efficient projects for our unique climate by using common sense approaches to building siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems, and the use of building materials readily available in our region.


We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Interior Design

We believe the successful interior design of a space requires a collaborative effort. We work as a team with our clients and consultants - a team with a common goal of achieving the most dynamic results, smoothly and reliably. Our staff of Interior Designers and Interior Architects provide the highest level of expertise in design and construction.

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.