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Molzen Corbin and Lea County Complete a Triple Play with Recent Improvements at the Lea County Regional Airport

For the past decade, Molzen Corbin has proudly served as the on-call engineer for all three of Lea County’s airports: the Lea County Regional Airport in Hobbs and the two general aviation airports in Jal and Lovington. The Lea County Regional Airport is the largest of the three airports covering more than 898 acres and providing three runways. As demand has increased and commercial service has expanded to include direct flights to Houston and Denver, Lea County and Molzen Corbin have worked feverishly to support the rapid growth of the Lea County Regional Airport. This year saw the culmination of three major projects: a rare triple play!

First, the runway safety area (RSA) for Runway 3-21 needed to be expanded to 1,000 feet to meet the Federal Aviation Administration requirement allowing for larger aircraft. This presented a unique challenge as a drainage channel sat just inside the required RSA. To create the 1,000-foot, flat safety buffer, Molzen Corbin designed a 900-foot drainage culvert that was then buried under the RSA. In addition, a drainage pond was designed and constructed; this “extra” dirt was used as the infill to bury the drainage culvert. This RSA upgrade allows larger planes to use Runway 3-21, increasing maximum plane capacity from 50 to 75 passengers for regional daily flights.

Next up in our lineup of projects was an expansion to the passenger terminal area. This project included constructing two new terminal lobbies/departure gates, a new baggage claim area, and a new passenger screening area. Molzen Corbin oversaw the mechanical and electrical components of this project and partnered with SPMC Architects whom led the design and construction. This expansion triples the airport’s capacity to hold and process passengers. The original terminal will now be the interstate boutique airline travel terminal requiring no security clearance, while the two new terminals will serve regional daily flights.

Finally, supporting the expansion of the first two and completing the trio, the concrete terminal apron outside of the new terminals was constructed. The completed terminal apron provides an enplaning/deplaning area for the new terminals and supports the larger aircraft capacity allowed with the Runway 3-21 RSA expansion. The terminal apron project was funded by a 2019 FAA grant obtained with the assistance of Molzen Corbin.

Molzen Corbin was honored to work with Lea County on these three exciting projects, supporting the continued economic growth and development for the County and the City of Hobbs.

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Match Point: Molzen Corbin-designed Tennis Courts Unveiled in the Village of Los Lunas

 

Huning Ranch Park, in the Village of Los Lunas, is home to six new competition-caliber courts. These public courts are designed to United States Tennis Association standards with built-in lighting timers to support evening matches. Additionally, bolstering its ever-growing popularity, two of the courts have been designed for Pickleball games with regulation striping and court boundaries.

 

As one of the final phases of the Molzen Corbin-master planned Huning Ranch Park, these courts offer a visually striking appeal against the backdrop of the desert southwest landscaping. The 12-acre park boasts basketball courts, picnic tables, a dog park, and a playground, as well as a walking trail, unifying landscape gardens, and a storm drainage pond. The entire project was completed in multiple phases. Molzen Corbin is proud to partner with the Village in realizing their vision for the Huning Ranch Park Tennis Courts. Game, set, and match!

 

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Town of Peralta Wastewater Project Receives National Award

 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the Town of Peralta for their $3 million Regional Sanitary Sewer Project funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. The project was selected as part of the Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program which recognized exceptional projects funded by the CWSRF at the national level. Molzen Corbin has assisted the Town with their sewer system from the beginning with master planning, funding assistance, previous phases of design/construction, and served as the lead engineering firm for this project, responsible for the design and construction oversight. This project was financed with a $3 million CWSRF grant/loan administered by the New Mexico Environment Department – Construction Programs.

The Town of Peralta had no wastewater collection or treatment system, and individual homes were using aging septic systems that were not properly maintained. Many shallow domestic wells were densely located among these septic systems, which created a risk of drinking water contamination. A traditional gravity sewer collection system with lift stations was cost prohibitive due to the shallow groundwater depth and narrow rights-of-way, so the new regional sanitary sewer collection system utilizes a low-pressure grinder pump system. This low-pressure system includes two-inch to eight-inch diameter collection lines which are installed at a depth of three to four feet below finished grade.

Peralta entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the neighboring Village of Bosque Farms to allow Peralta to connect to their sewer system and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), as Bosque Farms had the capacity to treat additional flow. This intermunicipal agreement demonstrates regional planning to address significant public health concerns for local residents. Molzen Corbin played a critical role in advancing the agreement as it serves as the on-call engineer for both municipalities.

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