Harold Runnels

The building was named for former Congressman Harold L. Runnels. Runnels was born in Dallas in 1924. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and attended Cameron State Agricultural College in Lawton, Oklahoma. He worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., until World War II, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. In 1950, Runnels moved to New Mexico and was owner of Runnels Mud Co. and Ronco Acidizing and Fracturing. He was elected state senator in 1960 and in 1970 became the congressman for the Second Congressional District.  He earned a reputation as the “Energy Expert” during his tenure.

The Runnels Building houses the Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo Auditorium, named for the fourth governor of New Mexico. In 1919, Gov. Larrazolo signed House Bill 118 creating the New Mexico Department of Health.  The Runnels Building houses the Health Department and is the largest building maintained by the Facilities Management Division.

Green Energy Project Schedule

Task Name Start Finish
ECM-1 Lighting Thu 9/10/20 Wed 9/30/20
ECM-2 HVAC & Controls, Controls Mon 4/13/20 Tue 10/20/20
ECM-2 HVAC & Cntrols, – Replace VFD’s (16) Sat 12/7/19 Sun 12/15/19
ECM-3 Building Envelope, Mon 4/27/20 Tue 5/5/20
ECM-4, Water Conservation Thu 4/9/20 Tue 4/14/20
ECM-5, Transformers – 1 Sat 12/7/19 Mon 12/9/19
ECM 6 PV Solar Runnels/Simms/Montoya – Carport 1618 kWdc Mon 10/5/20 Mon 6/21/21

Anticipated Annual Energy Savings: $240,922

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Harold Runnels Building

Harold Runnels
Address: 1190 S. St. Francis Drive
Square Footage: 174,092
Year Built: 1985