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Molzen Corbin Awarded 2020 Engineering Excellence Award for Belen Fire Station

On January 22, 2020, the American Council of Engineering Companies – New Mexico (ACEC-NM) announced that Molzen Corbin was awarded the 2020 Environmental Engineering Excellence Award for the Belen Fire Station. Molzen Corbin was proud to serve the City of Belen as the lead architectural and engineering firm on this project, ensuring the shared goal to have a state-of-the-art fire station nestled in the heart of downtown.

While the downtown site was ideal for the City, it presented several unique challenges to the Molzen Corbin design team. The two initial issues the team encountered were that the site was small with limited access and that it was located within a flood plain. However, the most critical challenge faced by the team was that contaminated soil was discovered during the soil investigation phase of the project.

Molzen Corbin answered these challenges with innovative, cost-effective solutions. The team designed a 13,000 square-foot facility that used every square inch and public access available on the site to provide a functional facility with easy maneuverability. Our design elevated the finish floor above the flood line to protect the facility, allowing it to remain operational, even if the surrounding low-lying area floods. Finally, we worked contaminated soil remediation into the budget and schedule, and integrated an innovative below slab ventilation system to eliminate the possibility of contaminated fumes infiltrating the facility.

Mr. John Pate, Vice President of Architecture, summarized the project: “I am proud that we brought efficiency and economy to the project by capitalizing on one deficiency to mitigate another. We minimized earthwork by elevating the building above the floodplain, reducing the amount of contaminated soil to be removed and disposed of. Even with the challenges presented, we were able to design a facility that met the needs of the community and delivered the project on time and within budget.”

Since the ribbon cutting Grand Opening Ceremony in October of 2018, the fire station has been occupied continuously (24/7). Its layout ensures that internal response time (time for firefighters to reach apparatus and be prepared to depart) is minimized and functionality is maximized within a comfortable and healthy environment. Equipped with state-of-the art, high-speed folding doors, the five 60-foot deep apparatus bays house firefighting and emergency-response vehicles. The station also includes administrative and training areas, support areas (where vehicles and firefighting equipment can be cleaned and stored), and residential areas (including dorms, dayroom/kitchen, fitness room, outdoor activity area, and bathrooms).

City of Las Cruces Interstate 25/University Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The NMDOT, City of Las Cruces and NMSU recently celebrated a groundbreaking for the long awaited I-25/University Avenue interchange project.  Molzen Corbin, with an office in Las Cruces, is proud to have been selected by the NMDOT to design the upcoming capacity improvements.

The $33.3 million, six-phase project is set to begin construction on January 2, 2020 and last through the Summer of 2021. The project’s objectives are to add capacity at I-25’s southbound off-ramp to NMSU, reduce congestion and weaving, provide direct connections to Pan American Center parking lots, promote sustainability through recycling and use of energy-efficient materials, and build two roundabouts for better flow of local traffic.

For more information on this exciting project and updates as the project progresses, visit

Molzen Corbin Attends 2019 Montezuma Ball

Executive Vice President, Jerry Paz, along with fellow Molzen Corbin engineers were honored to attend the 2019 Montezuma Ball. This year’s proceedings went toward supporting Dual Language Education of New Mexico, a local New Mexican non-profit organization working to promote multilingual education throughout the state. Molzen Corbin is pleased to continue its support for dual language education in New Mexico.

The Montezuma Ball is over 100 years old, with the first event held in 1902 as part of the New Mexico Territorial Fair, otherwise known as the New Mexico State Fair. This tradition continued until the last historic ball was held at the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque in 1968. In 2000, Heritage Hotels and Resorts restored this New Mexico tradition as part of the inauguration of its new Alvarado Ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque. In the 19 years since, Montezuma Ball has raised millions of dollars for deserving nonprofits across New Mexico and continues to support organizations working to preserve and celebrate New Mexican culture and traditions.