A drawing of the Courtyard by Marriott that will sit on land Total Management Systems is leasing from New Mexico State University. The company will share the hotel’s revenue with the school as well as employ its students.

TOTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is building a Courtyard by Marriott on a college campus in Las Cruces.

The project broke ground in October after two years of planning among TMS, officials with New Mexico State University, representatives of Las Cruces Convention Center and municipal leaders. The hotel will be next to the university and the convention center.

Prakash Sudaram is president of TMS.

Total Management Systems, representatives of New Mexico State University and Las Cruces Convention Center on Oct. 12 take part in a ground-breaking ceremony were TMS is building a Courtyard by Marriott. (Photo: Las Cruces Sun Times)

Las Cruces leaders also support a plan to expand the convention center to provide more meeting and exhibit space to better serve the local business community. That project is expected to begin in the spring, reported the Las Cruces Sun Times.

The convention center and the hotel are separate projects. While a special tax will help finance the convention center expansion, TMS is seeking no taxpayer support for its 126-room Courtyard.

The four-story hotel is going up on 2.7 acres of land TMS is leasing from NMSU. The developer will annually share with the school either a percentage of gross room revenue or $80,000, whichever is greater. NMSU also will employ the hotel as a learning lab for its students in its Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management School. TMS also would consider providing jobs for the students at the other hotels it owns.

The hotel is expected to open next year.