Project Description


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Lea County constructed a new judicial complex in downtown Lovington, NM, two blocks east of the existing historical courthouse. The 93,000 square foot facility contains five floors plus a basement. Two city blocks were cleared in order to construct the facility and to provide parking. Pettigrew & Associates services included a geotechnical investigation, surveying for design and construction, civil services including a site demolition plan, horizontal control plan, site grading and drainage plan, paving plan, site utility plan, pollution prevention
and erosion control measures and a SWPPP, materials testing and construction inspection as needed. Inspections included reinforced concrete and masonry, structural steel, soils inspection (proof rolling), fire resistant material, water resistant barrier coating, fabricators, wood construction, wind resistance, and engineer oversight.

Construction of the Lea County Judicial Complex began in January of 2017. The construction contract allowed 575 days for completion. In 2019 the County of Lea declared the contractor in default of the contract. Pettigrew worked diligently with the Project Lead RMKM Architects and Lea County from 2019 to 2021 to get the project built in substantial compliance with the plans and specifications. Initially Pettigrew worked with the County and RMKM to provide a very thorough 80 page document detailing non-conformances and incomplete work. This allowed the County to navigate the bonding company’s determination of default and their need to engage the requisite replacement contractor to complete the unfinished work and address the non-conformance items.


High Definition Scan of Judicial Complex for As-Built Verifications

Pettigrew’s efforts included coordination with the replacement contractor, diligent, thorough and continuous reporting to Lea County, performance of special inspections in coordination with State inspections, and documentation of the replacement contractor’s quality control/quality assurance workmanship. These efforts ultimately resulting in a Certification of Occupancy as of April 8, 2021.

Lovington, NM

Lea County, NM

Michael Gallagher

Construction Cost
$31 Million

Completion Date
April 2021