APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 Nov
|NEWSLETTER Nov 2017|
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2017 NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
Happy Thanksgiving. November is the month we give thanks. I want to especially thank the 20 + APWA members who volunteered at the St Vincent De Paul Family Dinner service last week. We served dinner, helped the kids with homework & played games, and organized a fun engineering project for the children. As we move into this holiday season it was a timely reminder to be Thankful for all that we do have, and realize it takes very little effort to make a difference in someone’s day.
Thank You to all of our APWA Annual Sponsors for their support throughout the year. As a nonprofit association, your sponsorship helps to support our annual programs and scholarships. It’s that time again! Please remember to renew your sponsorship, or if you are not a current sponsor, this is a perfect time to sign up. Please see the sponsor form in this newsletter.
November is also the month we reach out to our members for feedback and suggestions. Watch for the survey in your inbox soon. Please take a few minutes to respond and let us know what makes APWA valuable to you and how we can improve. Remember we are in the midst of our Membership Drive. For every new member who signs up before the end of the year, your membership is half price PLUS you will receive a $100 credit towards the 2018 Statewide Conference. That equals a year membership for practically free.
Lastly, save the date for our Holiday Party and Charity Raffle, December 6, 2017 at Camp Social, 6107 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 8501. This is a free event for members and guests. All money collected from the raffle will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Please consider donating to this event. All donations will be posted and recognized at the event and on our website. All donations are Tax Deductible. See the details in this newsletter.
APWA Luncheon Program: Please note the day and location change
November 8, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Topic: Infrastructure in the Southwest: Heat and Flooding in a Climate Impacted Future
On Thursday October 26th, the Phoenix Branch Young Professional Committee put on a Lunch and Learn at the Town of Gilbert’s North Area Service Center. The topic of the Lunch and Learn was Experience in Public Works. Gilbert Public Works division managers shared stories of their time in public works, educated younger professionals on the importance of operators and other users of public facilities, and provided advice from their experiences in Public Works. Local catering by Joe’s BBQ for the event was provided by AWPA. Nineteen young professionals from around the valley and seven Town of Gilbert staff attended the event and enjoyed the opportunity to network with others in the public works field.
Our goal is to increase our membership total to 1000 members by the end of the year, currently we are at 825. How can you help? Refer or Recruit a new member and get your name in a drawing to win a $200 gift card.
2018 APWA Annual Sponsorship
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2018 Call for Award Submittals
Now that our Statewide Conference is over and things are settling down a bit, it’s time to start thinking about submitting your projects and/or professional individuals for consideration of the 2018 Annual APWA Awards. Projects should be complete as of December 31, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is January 26, 2017.
The applications and forms to complete with instructions are now available on the APWA-Arizona Chapter website. The awards that are available this year are:
Chapter Awards include:
Submittals require hard copies (verify the number required on each nomination form) and electronic copies (CD or thumb drive) hand-delivered to:
Jeanne Sapon, Awards Committee Co-Chair
If you are mailing your submittal, do not use the street address. Instead, send to:
Jeanne Sapon, Awards Committee Co-Chair
The deadline this year for Chapter submittals is January 26, 2018. Start thinking about your nominations and get those submittals in! Good luck!
Upcoming Municipal Bond Elections | November 7, 2017
Shirley Barker, FCI Constructors
As members of the A/E/C industry, we can see firsthand the need for updated or new public facilities and infrastructure to meet our growing cities and towns. However, not all constituents would agree. If you live within the areas of the upcoming bonds, please get involved: talk to your neighbors, hand out informational flyers from the cities/towns, and most importantly…vote.
All of the below are mail-in only bond elections. Remember, Phoenix mail is now routed through Tucson for sorting before returning to Phoenix. If you are planning to mail your ballot from a post office, please allow a couple of extra days for processing.
Looking For A Ballot Center?
Find one near you by clicking the link and selecting "where do I vote?" or use the direct link, below. https://recorder.maricopa.gov/votinglocator/November2017JurisdictionsHavingElectionsWeb.pdf
The Town is submitting a single bond question for voter consideration on 10 projects and $15M. The Resolution authorized the Town to ask voters for approval to issue Bonds which will mature over a period of time not to exceed 25 years; it is the Council's intention to issue the Bonds to be repaid over an approximate 22-year period in the total amount of $15,000,000. The $15,000,000 Bond will address purposes for Town Center Redevelopment, Public Safety, Economic Development Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation, and Transportation.
The City of Surprise is holding a bond election to decide on three separate questions than will fund public safety and improve roads in Surprise to reduce accidents. When it comes to public safety, a few seconds can be the difference between life and death. By investing in public safety in the right locations, improving our streets, and planning for the future, the City can keep response times low and ensure that their public safety can respond quickly in a fire, medical emergency or police situation.
For more information on the Surprise bond, visit: SaferSurprise.com
Question 1: Public Safety Projects ($34M)
For the future…“Imagine Mesa”
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I-15 Virgin River Bridge No. 6 CMAR
1-15 is one of the primary north-south truck/commerce routes in the Western US. Located in the northwest corner of Arizona, Bridge No. 6 on I-15 was a 50-year old structure classified as structurally deficient with scour susceptible foundations, cracked steel girders showing signs of wear and fatigue, virtually no shoulders, and located between two large canyon cuts. In a TIGER Grant application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) mapped out a concept, and obtained funding to replace the superstructure.
Pulice Construction, Inc. (Pulice) and Wadsworth Brothers Construction formed a joint venture (PWJV) for the project, with Pulice serving as the managing JV Partner. ADOT was the owner on the project with Jacobs Engineering as the lead designer. The project was completed under the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) method, which brings the contractor into the design phase of the project early to evaluate design concepts and provide input. This approach often results in keeping costs down and reducing the construction schedule. The project was completed for $27.2M (on-budget) within the allotted 24 month timeframe.
This project involved a number of challenges including constructing the bridge within steep canyon walls; obtaining environmental clearance and protecting the river and endangered species in the project area; containing construction debris, dust, and spills; traffic control in this heavy traffic CANAMEX corridor; coordinating and partnering with FHWA, ADOT, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a number of other federal and local agencies; and completing the project according to the budget and schedule, as required by the TIGER Grant criteria.
Innovative solutions were implemented on the project, such as designing and installing a temporary bridge over the river for use during construction, and building a temporary access road incorporating pre-cast concrete retaining panels adjacent to the edge of the river to prevent embankment material from entering the river. These solutions facilitated construction while protecting the river, multiple endangered species in the area, and the surrounding natural resources of the Virgin River Gorge.
Heavy traffic through this CANAMEX corridor was maintained during construction with the development of a regional Traffic Management Plan (TMP) that included input from all of the agency/safety/emergency stakeholders in the area. The plan outlined scheduled traffic impacts and limited the longest delays during the project to 15-minute closures to shift traffic during the most intensive construction periods. At the closeout meeting, the TMP was identified by many stakeholders as a “Best Management Practice” (BMP) due to the effective communication utilized to share traffic control details with the agencies and community, therefore preventing surprises.
The team utilized a robust partnering process throughout this project to address challenges. Building strong ties and trust with stakeholders, the project team, and the community allowed for successful coordination and problem solving on an on-going basis. This collaborative process allowed PWJV to complete the project on-time and budget, therefore exceeding the project goals.
The City of Mesa’s 9th annual “Great Turkey Tuesday” Turkey Drive is fast approaching. The City of Mesa partners with the United Food Bank to help those in need during the holiday season with a nice turkey dinner. As a part of our efforts, we are reaching out to our partners to assist us in this event. Our goal is to collect 900 turkeys on November 21, 2017. If you wish to donate a turkey or turkeys, please bring them to the Mesa Convention Center(263 N. Center Street) where we will have members of our team greet you and receive your turkeys and/or cash donations. We have many fine grocery stores that will soon be running incredible specials on turkeys. A nice sized turkey is an inexpensive way to give to those who need it the most.
We hope to see you at the event and to allow us to reach our goal of helping 900 families!
Mesa City Plaza Building
For additional information please contact Suzanne Ledy at (480) 644-3808 or Suzanne.Ledy@Mesaaz.gov
2017 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award
The Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award. Applications are due November 20, 2017 and can be viewed at http://arizona.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/arizona.apwa.net/File/Documents%2F2017%20Application