Los Altos Park Renovation

Albuquerqe, NM

Our team provided subsurface utility engineering, professional surveying, civil engineering, and UAV services to support the planning, design and construction of a major city park renovation to an approximately 40-acre existing public facility in Albuquerque, NM.

Our subsurface utility department researched available record drawings and conducted utility designation (line-spotting) for detectable utilities for the entire park. Following designation, we established survey control and employed a UAV (drone) to obtain current aerial imagery and generate a digital orthophotograph that captured the utility designation marks and current site conditions. On-the-ground surveying was conducted to collect site utility and existing improvement data.

One challenging aspect of this project was the condition of the title and ownership for the facility for which there is limited supporting information. In 1914, the Federal Government granted 640 acres of land to the city. A 239-acre portion of this grant was platted in 1955 and the NMDOT subsequently acquired right-of-way for Interstate 25 that cut through that 239-acre parcel. Incremental development of the park on the north side of I-25 has resulted in a condition whereby portions are owned by the city and portions are owned by the NMDOT.  HMCG is currently providing boundary survey consultation to support an upcoming boundary survey that will document the extents of city ownership and support an agreement with the NMDOT for the existing and proposed improvements within NMDOT right-of-way.

Our civil engineering design services included grading, drainage, water, sanitary sewer, paving and site circulation designs for the reconstruction that will include a new perimeter circulation road, several new softball fields, paved parking, landscaping and a BMX Pump Track. Additionally, we have completed an offsite drainage analysis that confirmed two locations where significant flow rates of public (city) stormwater are discharged to the site and need to be accepted, conveyed, and discharged in an improved manner. This requires multi-agency (NMDOT and City of Albuquerque) coordination to plan, design, and construct.