Project News

Catwalk Trail Reconstruction Begins

January 11, 2016—

AUI has started construction on the Catwalk Trail Reconstruction Project.

Project Overview

Project Overview

The Central Federal Lands Division of the Federal Highway Administration selected the team of AUI, Bohannan Huston, Inc. (BHI), and NV5, Inc. (NV5) for the $4.6M design-build Project. BHI is serving as the design lead and NV5 is providing geotechnical engineering, environmental permitting, and testing services.

The Catwalk Recreation Area, five miles east of Glenwood, NM in the Gila National Forest, has been closed since sustaining heavy flood damage in 2013. The Project consists of design and construction of trail improvements, three pedestrian bridges, and the suspended metal works structure along the Catwalk Trail. The scope of work includes:

  • Restoration of the CCC (primitive) trail and replacement of the suspended metal works, including the hanging catwalk structure and viewing platform areas
  • Rehabilitation and improvement of the parking lot
  • Repair of landslide damage to both the accessible and primitive trails
  • Construction of a truss bridge connecting the two trails

The Project is scheduled to be completed by May 27, 2016, in time to re-open the area for the Memorial Day weekend.

See a fly-through video of the project.

NM 528 Project Nearing Completion

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Dec. 21, 2014–
Roadway reconstruction on NM 528 from
Southern Blvd. to Arroyo de los Montoyas
is near completion.

NM 528 Details

New Phase I Double Eagle Waterline Breaks Ground

New Phase I Double Eagle Waterline Ground Breaking

New Phase I Double Eagle Waterline Ground Breaking

July 21, 2014–

AUI crews broke ground northeast of Carlsbad, near Maljamar, on the New Phase I Double Eagle Waterline. The project will include construction of over 11 miles of 16” water transmission line and over 3.5 miles of 24” water transmission line.

Also included are four pressure reducing/pressure sustaining stations in precast concrete structures and four jack and bore crossings under state and county roads.

The $9.6 million project, scheduled for completion in June of 2015, is owned by the City of Carlsbad and engineered by Molzen-Corbin & Associates.

Platinum Level Zia Partnership Awarded

June 19, 2014–

AUI's 2014-2015 Zia Partnership Certificate

AUI’s 2014-2015 Zia Partnership Certificate

New Mexico OSHA and the National Utility Contractors Association of New Mexico (NUCA of NM) have awarded AUI the Zia Partnership, Platinum Level for the 6th year in a row.

The purpose of the Zia Partnership is to foster, maintain, and improve the safety and health conditions and requirements for new Mexico’s construction workers and workplaces.

The Zia Partnership’s primary goals are:

  • To provide leadership in creating a culture of full respect for the lives and sound health of New Mexico’s construction workforce
  • To continually seek better methods and technologies for reducing injuries, occupational illness, disease and fatalities in new Mexico’s workplaces
  • To foster and encourage the implementation and maintenance of best practice safety and training programs
  • To foster and encourage the implementation and maintenance of effective safety program incentive and enforcement policies
  • To focus primarily on the common job site hazards related to falls, electrocution, and accidental impact injuries
  • To mitigate the negative economic impacts of workplace injuries, illnesses and occupational disease, including especially the cost of worker’s compensation insurance, in so far as is possible

AUI Receives Cooper Award for 2013


Award Presentation

Amanda Arrellin receives Cooper Award from Jason Montoya and Sefie Anaya

May 23, 2014–

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and Pipeline Safety Bureau presented AUI with the 2013 Cooper Award “for outstanding dedication to exemplifying excavation law safety.”

The award was presented at the NM811 Annual Membership Meeting in Albuquerque by Pipeline Safety Bureau Chief, Jason Montoya, and Damage Prevention Supervisor, Sefie Anaya. Accepting the award on behalf of AUI was Project Coordinator, Amanda Arrellin, who has held a key role in AUI’s successful implementation of Wide Area Work Plans as a damage prevention measure.

Part of AUI’s commitment to excavation safety includes long-time membership in NM811 and involvement in the New Mexico Regional Common Ground Alliance (NMRCGA) since its inception.  AUI Vice President of Operations, Patrick Shaw, currently serves on the NM811 Board of Directors, and Vice President of Contracts, Kari Biernacki, was a founding member of the NMRCGA Board of Directors, serving from 2007-2013.

Triolo Named ACNM President

2014 ACNM President, Adam Triolo

2014 ACNM President, Adam Triolo

January 8, 2014–

AUI Inc. CEO, Adam Triolo, has been named President of the Associated Contractors of New Mexico (ACNM) for 2014.

ACNM is a chartered member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and is the statewide chapter representing the transportation/utility construction industry in New Mexico.

ACNM provides members an opportunity to work collectively in enhancing the performance and representation of members, to promote the respect and integrity of the industry, and to improve the quality of life in the State of New Mexico through collaboration with various industry partners.

2014 ACNM Officers:
President – Adam Triolo, AUI Inc.
Vice President – Mike Moehn, Fisher Sand & Gravel – New Mexico
Sec./Treas. – Vince DeMenno, Highway Supply LLC

Ribbon Cutting for NM 599 /CR 62 Interchange

Governor Susanna Martinez leads the ribbon cutting ceremony

Governor Susanna Martinez leads the ribbon cutting ceremony

July 30, 2013–

The New Mexico Department of Transportation was joined by Governor Susana Martinez and elected dignitaries to recognize the completion of the Bridge at Highway 599/County Road 62 interchange project with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

AUI, Inc. constructed the new bridge that includes ascending and descending ramps along with two separate roundabouts at each end of the intersection. This interchange will provide motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians a safer way to access 599 and adjacent neighborhoods and facilities on the west side of the City and County of Santa Fe.

“Our state transportation officials realized there were growing safety issue at this particular area and determined a fix was needed to alleviate traffic congestion and crashes, and facilitate easy access to popular areas within the city,” said Governor Martinez.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation designed and provided construction management of the project which began in April 2012. ”The completion of this bridge and interchange will improve the safety of the traveling public, and provide additional access to the surrounding residents”, said NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church. “The department is pleased with the collaborative working relationships through Federal Highway Administration, the City and County of Santa Fe which made this project possible.” Project Information

Lead and Coal Project Wins Multiple Awards

AGC-NM Awards

AGC-NM Awards

March 10, 2013–

The Lead and Coal Avenues Improvements Project was honored with three awards at the Associated General Contractors – New Mexico Building Branch Best Buildings 2013 Celebration:

  • Municipal and Utilities
  • ACE Leadership High School Students Award
  • Grand Prize of Show

The prestigious Best Buildings Awards is one of New Mexico’s most highly respected construction industry recognition events.Unlike most building award contests, the Best Buildings nominees are judged using the highest standards including complexity of the construction process and challenges such as budget, site constraints, schedule, and project delivery method. Project Information

AUI Breaks Ground on Largest Project in Company History

Rio Bravo Groundbreaking

Rio Bravo Groundbreaking

July 31, 2017–

The NMDOT held a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-25/Rio Bravo Interchange Project today, and construction is scheduled to begin on August 8th. The $50M project is the largest in AUI’s 36-year history.

New Mexico’s first Offset Single Point Interchange, consists of the complete reconstruction of the existing I-25 / Rio Bravo Boulevard Highway Interchange, including widening and reconstruction of an approximately 1.6-mile long segment of I-25 and reconstruction of Rio Bravo Boulevard (NM State Highway 500) from just east of Prince Street to University Boulevard. Read more about the project here:

Photo, left to right: Ken Wiley, AMEC Foster Wheeler – Principal Materials Engineer; Justin Gibson, NMDOT – District 3 Assistant District Engineer; Carl Johnson, AUI Inc. – Lead Superintendent; Marilyn Ochoa, FHWA – Field Ops Engineer/ITS Engineer; Emiliano Martinez, NMDOT – Project Manager; Tom Church, NMDOT – Cabinet Secretary; Governor Susana Martinez, State of NM; Bruce Wagner, Wagner Equipment – CEO; Mark Fahey, NMDOT – Central Regional Design Assistant Manager; Anthony Lujan, NMDOT – Deputy Secretary Highway Operations.



Catwalk Trail Project Wins National and Statewide Awards

Project awards receivedApril 4, 2017–

Numerous industry groups have recently awarded some of their most prestigious honors to the Catwalk Trail Design/Build Project.

Awards received include:

Associated General Contractors Alliant Build America Awards

  • 2017 Design-Build Civil Award

Associated General Contractors New Mexico Building Branch Best Buildings Awards

  • 2017 Grand Prize of Show
  • 2017 Federal & Heavy Award
  • 2017 Design/Build Award

American Council of Engineering Companies – New Mexico

  • 2017 Engineering Excellence Award

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Project News

AUI Breaks Ground on Largest Project in Company History

Rio Bravo Groundbreaking

July 31, 2017–

The NMDOT held a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-25/Rio Bravo Interchange Project today, and construction is scheduled to begin on August 8th.

The $50M project is the largest in AUI’s 36-year history.
Read more…

Employee News

Deluca Presented with Albuquerque Good Samaritan Award

Photo of Mayor Richard Berry presenting Good Samaritan Award to Anthony Deluca.

September 1, 2017–

Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Anthony Deluca as this week’s Good Samaritan for helping a man who was blind cross a busy intersection. Deluca is an employee of AUI, Inc., a contractor for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. Read more…