Location: Enchanted Acres and Trading Post Albuquerque, NM
I promised ElizaBeth that Albuquerque would be cooler than Las Cruces, and if I was correct in the least, it was only a few slight degrees less. The weather was hot. We planned on combining business and pleasure, as I needed to visit some schools as part of the report I’m writing for the NM Higher Education Department.
I have worked in facilities management for higher education my entire life. In fact, my father was the Director of Physical Plant at Texas Christian University for 17 years and I grew up in a house where the trials and tribulations of a university chief facilities officer were discussed nightly.
I was born in 1954, and for those who remember their history, the “baby boomers” as we were nick-named constituted a very large student population. Indeed, as we progressed from kindergarten to college, we were often housed in temporary buildings in the parking lot all the way through school. Right behind us, however, there was a very large decrease in this demographic, and many of the colleges converted older dormitories to offices. Interestingly, the staff grew while the population was declining, a trend that never really reversed.