APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 March

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 March

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      MARCH 2017


March 12, 2017
APWA Family Potluck Picnic
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March 13, 2017
Statewide Conference Committee Meeting
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March 15, 2017
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March 15, 2017
APWA AZ March Luncheon
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March 22, 2017
11th Annual Joint Association Mixer
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March 30, 2017
APWA Southern AZ Awards Banquet
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April 1, 2017
Peoria Development and Engineering Dept. Golf Tournament
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August 2-4, 2017
Statewide Conference
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I want to take this opportunity to celebrate our Committee volunteers. These members give their valuable time and energy every month planning chapter programs and events, annual awards, statewide conference, educational training and mentoring.  Last month members of the board held our first annual Committee Chair Meeting. The purpose of this meeting was for the board members and committee chairs to meet one-on-one, get to know the board member liaison assigned to their committee, and assist these committee chairs with all the resources the board can offer.  As a chapter we are enriched by the diversity of thought and talent that our committee members bring to the association every month. If you would like to get involved please take a look at our committee list (2017APWACommitteeDirectory_2017_02_24)and reach out to the Chair. Or if you are not sure what you would like to do, please contact me directly. 

This Sunday, March 12th, APWA is hosting our Annual Family Picnic at Scottsdale McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, I would like to personally invite you and your family to attend, and you do not need to be a member to attend. This is a FREE event, food and drinks are included (you can bring a side dish to share). You must RSVP so we have an accurate count. Please email your RSVP to Kristin Peck at kpeck@eacg.com or register on the APWA website (http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/11131). Bring the family. Tickets for Carousal and Train rides are sponsored by Trace Consulting; Bratwurst sponsored by Arizona Precast Concrete Pipe Association, and Ice Cream is sponsored by Cardno. Please see the attached flyer for location and details (http://arizona.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/arizona.apwa.net/file/Documents/2017_Family_Picnic.pdf) See you there.

Lastly, save the date for the 2017 APWA Statewide Conference from August 2-4th at the Tucson El Conquistador Resort. Registration for exhibitors, attendees, and hotel rooms are now open. All details are posted on the conference website www.azapwaconference.com Please consider a sponsorship. 

Loretta Flick

APWA Spring Family Picnic
March 12, 2017
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The APWA Events Committee invites all of our members and their families out for our annual Picnic on Sunday, March 12th at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful spring weather. Join us for food, fun, and games from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring your kids or grandkids. Sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by the Events Committee. We just ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to share. Look for the APWA sign at the Fenstermacher Ramada. The picnic is free of charge, but registering is suggested so we have a headcount. Please register from the APWA AZ website under Events. A map with our picnic location at the park is also available on the website.   

Public Works Institute Training

Looking to gain an understanding of the interworking of Public Works? Are you a Public Works Agency employee looking for a higher degree of leadership and management skills? If you answered yes to either of these questions or know of someone who could benefit from these situations, then APWA’s Public Works Institute (PWI) is for you.

The program consists of four modules, that when taken in their entirety, will offer you a better understanding of Public Works with essentials skills needed to advance in supervisory and management positions. It is not a requirement to take the sessions in any particular order. 

Modules consist of                                                                          

  • Basic supervision
  • Advanced supervision
  • Public works management
  • Advanced management topics

Subject Units interspersed among Modules

  • Supervisory Techniques and skills
  • Basic Management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Community Service/Customer Orientation skills
  • Impact of law on public works
  • Fundamentals of government
  • Finance
  • Resource Management Skills
  • Public Works Operations
  • Creating the Future

Each module is a three-day course of instruction. At the end of the 90 total hours, completion is recognized with a Certificate of Completion awarded by Arizona Public Works Institute and National APWA. Module Two is scheduled for April 24-26. View the event details and registration at: http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10256

2017 APWA Statewide Conference
August 2-4, 2017

Don't miss the 2017 Statewide Conference. Check out the new website and smoother registration process, no more forms or insurance certificates to submit (unless you want to register hard copy). 

Just click (www.azapwaconference.com), complete the information on-line, pay, and you are on your way to a fun filled venue of learning and networking! Hotel rates remain the same (since 2014). Room block opening soon!

Key Conference Information!

  • New Sponsor Packages and Perks
  • All Booths are 8x10
  • Public Agency Employee (Early Registration) = $200
  • Private Employee (Early Registration) = $300
  • Conference Theme to be announced soon
  • Chapter Award Judging is Underway with 30+ Submittals!

Tentative Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

            - Exhibitor Set-up 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

            -  Exhibitor Show/Opening Reception 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Thursday, August 3, 2017 

            - Trade Show Opening Session, & Technical Sessions 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

            - Fun Night 

Friday, August 3, 2017

7:30 am to 11:30 am

            - Exhibitor Break-down 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Special Thank You to those firms that have already registered.

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors


  • Continental Breakfast and Break Sponsors


  • Public Agency Sponsors

    Achen-Garner Construction
    Civiltec Engineering
    Dibble Engineering
    E&A Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Exhibitors

Achen-Gardner Construction

Aerotech Mapping, Inc.

AMEC Foster Wheeler
Armorock LLC
Asphalt Zipper

Burgess & Niple
CADsoft Consulting
Civiltec Engineering
DBA Construction, Inc.
Dibble Engineering
E & A Consulting Group, Inc.

Fuquay, Inc.
Hobas Pipe USA
Neenah Enterprsises

Olsson Associates
Project Engineering Consultants
Regional Pavement Maintenance
TechSolutions Consultants LLC
Workplace Safety Specialists

Zumar Industries

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to:

Conference Committee Co-Chair – Christy Sipos, csipos@civiltec.com, 602-570-4150

Conference Committee Co-Chair – Scott Kirchhoferskirchhofer@achen.com, 480-296-5933

New Member Spotlight

Name and Title: Dave Jensen, PE, CFM, Project Manager at Olsson Associates

With APWA Since: 2009 (recently renewed)

Describe your job responsibilities: Project Manager for stormwater, floodplain, and levee and dam safety projects. 

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? Helping find solutions for our client to accomplish their mission and protect the public from stormwater flooding

Where have your travels taken you?: I love trips to the high country in Arizona and trips to the shore

New Members

First NameLast NameTitleCompany
MarkGillilandSenior Project Manager/AVPAztec Engineering, Inc.
DaveGoosMunicipal Div. Leader/AVPAztec Engineering, Inc.
JustinMenzelArea ManagerWest Coast Arborists
StaceyDanielsMarketing CoordinatorCactus Transport
Jesse LeeCherrySales RepSeal Master Arizona
DavidMobleyCivil Inspection SupervisorCity of Surprise
JasonGarverTown of Prescott Valley
BoydRobertsonDeputy Public Works DirectorTown of Prescott Valley

Exciting Updates and New Amenities at America’s Friendliest Airport®

Heather Lissner, City of Phoenix, Aviation Public Information Manager

With a goal of providing world-class customer service to every customer every day, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport continues to make important enhancements to its facilities. These enhancements include the modernizing of Terminal 3, new retail in Terminal 4, and the addition of amenities like Animal Relief Areas and Interactive Directories.

In December, the first phase of the newly-modernized Terminal 3 opened to the public. This includes a new ticketing area consisting of 31 common use ticket counters to allow for flexibility among the airlines; one larger consolidated security checkpoint to get travelers to their gates faster; and a new West Plaza that provides an outdoor area featuring native Arizona plants and a pet relief area. Travelers will also be delighted to find a brand-new Museum Gallery post security, spectacular views of Piestewa Peak and the city of Phoenix, and more access to power with the ability to charge one’s electrical devices coming to nearly every seat in the modernized terminal. Future phases will include a new 15 gate South Concourse and a renovated North Concourse. Both will offer new shops and restaurants as well as other customer amenities. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.


Changes are also underway at Sky Harbor’s busiest terminal, Terminal 4. Serving more than 80 percent of the Airport’s passengers, the terminal offers many amenities from award-winning local, regional, and national dining options to a USO for members of the military and their families, to an Arizona Lottery outlet and much more. Over the past few months, travelers may have noticed new retail shops coming as well. The first phase of a retail renovation is underway, and when complete, it will bring a mix of nationally-recognized name brands and local/regional concepts to the airport. Specialty shops like Cactus Candy and Uno de 50, which offers creative and bold jewelry, are already open. In addition, customer favorites like Earth Spirit and Mosaic provide unique pieces while Arizona Highways offers Arizona-centric items as well as periodicals and publications. Travelers will also enjoy Sunglass Hut’s vast assortment of eyewear and can pick-up any tech items they might need from one of two locations of the new store eSavvy. Still to come are two spa locations and additional boutiques.

The Airport also recently added new Animal Relief Areas post-security in each terminal.  These are in addition to the five pet parks located throughout the airport pre-security – at all three terminals, East Economy Parking, and the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station.

Additionally, America’s Friendliest Airport® also installed 16 interactive directories in Terminal 4. These directories are located both before and after security and offer airport visitors the opportunity to scan their boarding pass and wayfind to their gate as well as see what shops and restaurants are near their gate. The directories, which offer information in both English and Spanish, also provide important information on ground transportation and other important Airport services. 

For more information on these and other projects, please visit skyharbor.com and follow us on Twitter or Facebook @PHXSkyHarbor

Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant, Phase III Expansion

Joe Schroeder, Supervising Engineer, Engineering Dept., City of Mesa

The Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant is currently a 16 MGD treatment facility which started up in 2006. It treats wastewater from Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek, all of whom share the ownership of the plant. Additionally, it treats an 8 MGD equivalent in solids from Mesa’s Southeast Water Reclamation Plant for a total solids treatment capacity of 24 MGD equivalent. The plant is operated by the City of Mesa on behalf of the three partners.

There has been continued growth in the area served by the plant, not just in wastewater flow, but also in the characteristics of the wastewater to be treated. With this rise in the need for treatment capacity, the three partners determined that the plant would be expanded, and some processes upgraded. Carollo along with Brown and Caldwell are the design engineers.

The new capacity for Phase III expansion was established at 30 MGD liquids and 38 MGD solids equivalent. This entails adding another headworks, an additional primary clarifier, two additional aeration basins, three additional secondary clarifiers, and two additional digesters. Filtration and disinfection capacity and technology improvements are also under design.


Existing Plant                                                                    Proposed Expanded Plant

One of the challenges of this project will be how to construct the expansion while maintaining the operation of this end-of-the-line plant. To mitigate that concern, Mesa and the partners have contracted with McCarthy Building company to provide Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) predesign services. McCarthy is also charged with providing cost estimating and review of the design to ensure an affordable and constructible project.

The plant is currently at the 30% design phase and the construction is expected to cost about $165M. Construction is currently projected to begin in the fall/winter 2017 and be complete in fall/winter 2020.

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