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Officials Break Ground on New Runway in Belen

BELEN, NM (July 27, 2015) – The Belen Alexander Municipal Airport will soon have a new crosswind runway designed by Molzen Corbin.  The runway will provide a crosswind landing option when winds exist from directions that make operations on the existing runway marginal, improving safety for aircraft operations.  The runway will expand airport service by accommodating additional classes of aircraft such as small business jets and turbo-prop aircraft.  In addition to supporting larger and faster aircraft, the additional runway is expected to generate training opportunities for military missions with Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB). 

Local, state, and KAFB representatives attended the groundbreaking ceremony.  The $5 million construction project, supported by state and local funding, is estimated to take four months to complete, and will provide an economic boost for Valencia County.  For local news coverage of the groundbreaking ceremony, visit KOB TV.

 
 

For over half a century, Molzen Corbin has partnered with communities across the State to develop and fund airport projects that fuel economic growth, support tourism and protect public safety. Our experience ranges from small general aviation airports like Belen Alexander to the runway at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Santa Fe Interchange

SANTA FE, NM (June 29, 2015) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week to celebrate the start of construction on a new interchange in Santa Fe.  The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) will be located near Santa Fe at the I-25/NM 14 (Cerrillos Road) interchange.  This advancement in interchange design will be the first of its kind in New Mexico.  The DDI will not only improve safety and efficiency, but will also reduce the length and cost of construction.  The New Mexico Department of Transportation selected this design for its ability to accommodate future traffic growth within this developing area of Santa Fe.

Governor Susana Martinez was joined by state, local and federal officials who highlighted the benefits of this $19.8 million project.  The Governor stated, “Our roads are the literal foundation for commerce, and this new interchange will improve safety and allow people and goods to move more efficiently to better accommodate growth.” The project was a combined effort, supported by state and federal funding. 

Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church and Federal Highway Administration Division Administrator Don Martinez also discussed the enhanced safety performance through fewer or less severe crashes, the reduced operational expenses and the addition of a pedestrian and bicycle trail. 

The DDI was originally developed in Europe and is now being used across the United States. Molzen Corbin designed this state-of-the-art interchange taking into consideration Santa Fe’s future growth and incorporating artwork that celebrates the rich history of the Turquoise Trail.

For more detailed information and construction updates, please visit the project website at: www.santafeddi.com.

For over 55 years, Molzen Corbin has been paving the way to continued economic growth and development for our communities.  From rural streets to urban interchanges; we connect the people of New Mexico. 

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McKinnon Family Tennis Center Honored for Excellence by USTA

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (June 16, 2015) – The McKinnon Family Tennis Center, located on the campus of the University of New Mexico, was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for excellence in construction and/or renovation of a tennis facility.  The Center was one of only thirteen winners in the country to receive this annual award.  It is also the only facility in the nation honored in the Educational Institution category.

The Center consists of six new competition-caliber courts.  The sunken courts are surrounded by spectator seating and include stadium lighting which allows the flexibility to schedule dual matches and tournaments.  The park-like landscaping includes signature fencing, logoed court benches, black-out widescreens on the non-spectator side of the courts, generous space at the baseline, and easy access to parking, along with concessions, public restrooms, scoreboards, and a sound system. 

Molzen Corbin provided architectural design services to this first-class addition and is working with the University on future phases of expansion to include six more outdoor competition courts along with a clubhouse. In addition to making the facility more spectator-friendly and boosting the recruiting advantage, this expansion has successfully enabled UNM to host additional tournaments, including the Mountain West Tournament and the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Tournament.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis. For more information on the USTA, visit www.usta.com.

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