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2017 Double Eagle Aviation Adventure a Success
L-R: Jessica Rivas, Jay Ashbacher, Jane Lucero, and Kent Freier

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (June 12, 2017) – The Double Eagle Aviation Adventure (DEAA) is an annual summer camp for teens to learn about aviation and career opportunities in engineering.  For a week, they get to be pilots and learn about wind, instruments, density altitude and other aspects of flying.  It is also an effort to engage our youth, not only to get them interested in flying, but to encourage careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Each year, Molzen Corbin sends two of our Engineer Interns, and one of our “veteran” engineers with Jane Lucero from NMDOT Aviation, to make a presentation about New Mexico’s airports.  Our presentation illustrates to these teens that the career possibilities are endless.  We attempt to show them what a real life engineer does on a daily basis, not just in airports, but in all aspects of engineering, and how engineers make a difference in the world.

Electrical engineer, Jessica Rivas, along with civil engineers, Jay Ashbacher and Kent Freier have participated in this camp for many years.  Molzen Corbin is committed to our youth and their future and we strive to share our knowledge at youth events, such as the DEAA, to encourage our teens to stay involved in STEM and to learn that the sky’s the limit!

Molzen Corbin Proud that Partnership with Lea County Has Been Recognized by the NM Airport Managers Association
L-R: Steve Summers, Corey Needham, and Bob Hudson

RUIDOSO, NM (May 11, 2017) - Lea County Regional Airport was recently honored with the “Most Improved Airport” award by the New Mexico Airport Managers Association. The City of Hobbs and Lea County have committed to enhancing their local economic development district by offering commercial service from Hobbs to Houston. Their commitment to “Fly Hobbs” has resulted in up to 18,000 annual enplanements.

The Airport has also invested in several projects to improve safety and efficiency. A new high game fence around the perimeter of the airport was constructed in late 2016, along with the reconstruction of Runway 12-30, the primary crosswind runway. Both projects were funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. Lea County has also utilized local funds to build a new ARFF building and commissioned a preliminary study and programming documents to expand the existing airport terminal from a 9,000 sf terminal building to a 30,000 sf facility. This project will allow for future expansion to handle some 30,000 enplanements.

Congratulations to the Lea County Regional Airport, represented by Corey Needham, for their service and dedication to aviation excellence! With local government support and a commitment to enhancing infrastructure, Lea County clearly shows their understanding of how airport business positively impacts the local economy.

The Lea County Airport Systems also includes the Jal Municipal Airport (last year’s recipient of the “Most Improved Airport” award) and the Zip Franklin Memorial Airport in Lovington.

Molzen Corbin Enjoys an Outstanding Night of Awards at the 2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
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 ALBUQUERQUE, NM (April 7, 2017) – Molzen Corbin won three 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Mexico Chapter.  These awards recognize not only the project's technical innovation and complexity, but also their benefits to the community as well as to the engineering profession overall. They are:

  • I-25/NM 14 (Cerrillos Road) Diverging Diamond Interchange awarded with NMDOT (The Large Firm Award) - In 2011, the NMDOT asked Molzen Corbin to re-evaluate and update an earlier corridor study of the I-25/Cerrillos Road Interchange completed by another firm. Molzen Corbin was contracted to evaluate the condition of the existing Interchange located in Santa Fe. We were then given the approval to design the new Diverging Diamond Interchange replacing the existing interchange, and upgrading NM 14 beneath I-25 from Rancho Viejo Boulevard to Beckner Road. Molzen Corbin also took the lead in conducting a statewide, multi-level public information effort to educate the traveling public on the new roadway configuration.
  • Effluent Reuse System Preliminary Engineering Report awarded with the City of Hobbs (Studies, Research and Consulting Category) - Molzen Corbin was selected by the City of Hobbs to prepare the Effluent Reuse System PER. We provided specialized consulting services to identify, evaluate, and make recommendations to the City regarding future uses, disposal alternatives, storage options, and conveyance of treated effluent from the wastewater reclamation facility.
  • NM 47 Roadway and Drainage Improvements awarded with NMDOT (Water and Storm Water Category) - Molzen Corbin was the lead design consultant that managed the design of the project, provided civil/transportation and drainage engineering analysis and design, spearheaded an intense public outreach effort to gain support for use of an innovative and sustainable drainage design, and brought the project to completion on time and under budget. This project, designed to NMDOT criteria, encompassed reconstruction of two miles of existing rural section with bar-ditches to an improved five-lane urban section. Molzen Corbin’s drainage engineers first developed the concept of using Pervious Concrete Pavement on this project after listening to the public’s concerns.