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Major Southern NM Interchange Now Open

LAS CRUCES, NM (April 23, 2013) – A new and improved I-10/I-25 interchange in Las Cruces is officially open, marking the completion of the third project/phase in the series of I-10 Corridor Improvements designed by Molzen Corbin for the NMDOT.

 I-10 is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States, stretching from California to Florida. I-25 is a north-south interstate that begins at the I-10/I-25 interchange in Las Cruces and continues north to Wyoming. The purpose of the project was to improve this interchange to facilitate regional traffic movements and to improve safety, adding new ramps to accommodate safer travel speeds and integrating acceleration and deceleration capabilities at on-/off- ramps. Also included was a complete reconstruction and upgrade of other failing roadway & bridge components within the interchange.

Molzen Corbin designed and managed the huge project which involved 60+ technical design professionals within a team of six companies. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

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Top Engineering Awards in 2013

Molzen Corbin and the Pueblo of Sandia were awarded an Engineering Excellence 2013 Award by the NM Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the Pueblo's MBR Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The "state-of-the-art" design was accomplished by the Molzen Corbin water resources team using a multistage biological nutrient removal (MBR) treatment process and the most technologically advanced equipment available on the market, while maximizing the use of existing structures to minimize construction costs. A unique project challenge was maintaining the old plant in service during construction of the new one.

The Pueblo wanted to serve as community leaders in protecting regional water resources in New Mexico by developing a new treatment facility that exceeded current USEPA effluent discharge limits. The resultant MBR facility surpassed the Pueblo's goals for completing the innovative project.

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Top Engineering Awards in 2012

Molzen Corbin received three high profile ACEC/NM Engineering Excellence awards in 2012 for projects completed in Albuquerque (the University of New Mexico Arena – the PIT), the Ruidoso area (Ruidoso/Ruidoso Downs Wastewater Treatment Facility), and the I-10 Las Cruces to Texas State Line Corridor Improvements project. The UNM PIT Arena received the topmost State Award – the Grand Conceptor award - which qualified it to enter into national competition where the project received additional honors. 

Over its 50+ year history, Molzen Corbin has repeatedly been singled out for ACEC/NM and other engineering awards for various projects, both at State and national levels. The ACEC awards recognize not only the project's technical innovation and complexity, but also its benefits to the community and to the engineering profession overall.

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