Engineering assistant dean to speak about adobe preservation, materials and maintenance

Sonya Cooper, associate dean of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering and professor of engineering technology and survey engineering, will speaking about adobe preservation projects, materials and maintenance of adobe on Thurs., April 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Museum of Nature and Science and is free and open to all.

Cooper’s presentation will focus on selected adobe preservation projects in New Mexico, both current and completed, along with an explanation of research currently underway at the NMSU College of Engineering. The presentation will explain simple ways to test soil for making adobe blocks and will be of interest to those planning to build an adobe home, addition, or even a wood-fired horno oven. For those currently living in an adobe home, methods for proactive maintenance will be discussed.

Adobe buildings in New Mexico have evolved from a rich history of Indian, Spanish and Anglo-American culture. Adobe is a unique and attractive building material due to its availability, durability, low cost and thermal mass. Also, if properly designed and built, adobe structures can survive seismic events and wet regions. For these reasons, it is desirable to build new structures with adobe and preserve historic adobe structures.

This presentation is part of the Engineering for Southern New Mexicans series sponsored by the NMSU College of Engineering at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St. Parking and entrance for the museum is at 450 North Water Street. For more information, contact the museum at (575) 522-3120.

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