APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 May
NEWSLETTER MAY 2017
May 9, 2017
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017
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May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017
May 25, 2017
August 2-4, 2017
2017 NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
Congratulations to David Fabiano, Town Engineer for the Town of Gilbert. David was selected as one of APWA National Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. The Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year recognizes the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals. David will be celebrated by the Town of Gilbert on May 4th at a special Gilbert Town Council Meeting, and at PWX APWA National Conference in Orlando in August. Thank you David for all your contributions to the Arizona Chapter.
This month, May 21-27 is National Public Works Week. For those of us who work in the industry, it is a time to appreciate all the men and women who contribute so much to assure a higher quality of life in our communities.
Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works: planning, building, managing, and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.
APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. The National Public Works Week How-To Guide is one of several resources the Association makes available to agencies to assist them in the development and implementation of their own individual celebrations.
Here are a few ideas how your company or municipality can celebrate the Week.
Environmental Campaign: organize a tree planting ceremony or trash pickup at a neighborhood park.
Public Works Exhibit: Arrange to display an exhibit at libraries, community centers, and shopping malls.
Employee Appreciation Day: Acknowledge the many accomplishments public works employees contribute throughout the year with a special recognition event.
Outreach to Schools: A T-Shirt Design Contest encourages students to be creative while they learn about public works.
APWA Arizona Chapter Events for May:
APWA Luncheon Programs:
May 17, 2017
June 21, 2017
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 essential 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
Subject Units interspersed among Modules
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 June 12 - 14. View the event details and registration at: http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10256
2017 APWA Statewide Conference
Don't miss the 2017 Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference where members and non-members can exchange information, socialize, and learn from each other and technical experts. Visit the conference website for information and registration. www.azapwaconference.com
Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:
Accurate Corrosion Control Inc. (ACCI)
Practicing Young Professionals Committee
The Practicing Young Professionals committee reaches out to younger members of the public works field in order to strengthen the future of the industry. The committee puts on educational lunches on the future of the industry at municipal offices and networking events in order to encourage both public and private practicing young professionals on career development.
Please contact Cory Steele, Committee Chair for more information; firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday March 28th, 2017, the Phoenix Branch Young Professional Committee put on a Lunch and Learn at the City of Phoenix’s Design and Construction Management Division. The topic of the Lunch and Learn was Completing the Streets with Green Roads. Nineteen people attended the event and enjoyed the chance to converse with other young professionals in the public works field.
New Member Spotlight
Name and Title: Ryan Kelly – Account Manager with AeroTech Mapping
With APWA Since: April 2017
Describe your job responsibilities: My job responsibilities include management, sales, and building relationships with our customers to understand and provide for their photogrammetric needs.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? My favorite project was working on the Arizona State University Sun Devil Stadium Renovation. Our team delivered 1”=40’ scale topographic mapping (with 1’ contours) and a color digital orthphotography with a .25’ pixel resolution of the facilities.
Where have your travels taken you? My travels have taken me from Chibougamau, Canada to Lahaina, Maui and many places in between.
Name one thing not many people know about you: I am colorblind.
Why Your Investment In Project Management Training Will Fail And
Michael S. Ellegood, PSMJ Resources
A very wise boss I once worked for said, “The only way a consulting engineering firm can be successful is if its project managers are successful.” Understanding this at least intrinsically, many of us, company leaders, have made the investment in project management training for our PM’s and perhaps those who aspire to be PMs.
According to Art Petty, a Chicago based management consultant (email@example.com), big, bold strategies often fail for a combination of causes endemic to a corporate environment. In fact, he lists them from A to Z here, (https://artpetty.com/2017/02/19/succeed-change/), I have selected a few that I think are particularly applicable to our industry.
These are just four of the 26 causes cited by the very excellent Art Petty article. Many more are doubtless applicable as well. But now we made the investment, and the investment was costly both in terms of out of pocket and in the lost billable time that our key staff spent in the training, how do we make this investment worthwhile? How do we achieve a return on our investment? How do we prove Art Petty wrong?
Having made a significant investment in the training, let’s make this work. And, let’s make project delivery better than it now is. Good luck.
Signal Butte Water Treatment Plant
John Brobeck, City of Mesa Supervising Engineer
When completed; the Signal Butte Water Treatment Plant (SBWTP) will be the second plant owned and operated by the City of Mesa.
The SBWTP is being built to accommodate increasing demand for water caused by new development in the City; most of which is from building in southeast Mesa. Based on current demand projections the SBWTP has been designed to treat 24 MGD and accommodate a future expansion to 48 MGD. The plant is designed to treat water from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal and is being constructed using the construction manager at risk (CMAR) process.
The designer and contract manager for the project is Black & Veatch and the CMAR is Sundt Construction. Both firms have extensive experience with water treatment plants.
The total programmed amount for this project is $127M. The construction contract included two guaranteed maximum price (GMP) components for a total of $104M. The contract duration is 745 days. The notice to proceed was issued on July 28, 2016 and requires Sundt Construction to have the plant approved to introduce water into the City water system no later than May 4, 2018.
The project was broken into 2 GMP’s to expedite the construction for meeting the water demand, reduce construction cost, and allow the contractor to procure critical long lead time equipment. GMP-1 scope included constructing the concrete portion of the treatment complex and recovered water basin structures, yard process piping, site work, and procurement of long lead-time items. Gmp-2 is for the balance of the work required to complete the full plant. All procurement through the CMAR used a best value approach for the selection of equipment, materials, and subcontractors. This allowed the City to select systems that have the best lifecycle cost.
The plant utilizes the following state-of-the-art processes resulting in the smallest “footprint” to treat the water:
Below is a 3D rendering of the plant.
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association, in keeping with its objectives, will award one or more $1,500 scholarships for 2017. Scholarships are presented to deserving students striving to complete educational requirements for a career path in public works. Degrees or Majors in Public Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Works and Water Resources Technology Programs are examples of related fields of study. Career objectives may be in the public or private sector, but in either case must be associated directly or indirectly with public works matters or agencies. The deadline for the application is June 15, 2017.
Please click here to see the application for more detailed information.
Please direct questions to:
Gregory B Smith, PE/PS, ENV_SP