APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 June

APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 June

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      June 2018


June 20, 2018
APWA Arizona Board of Directors Meeting
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June 20, 2018
APWA March Luncheon
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Dear Members, 

As many of you are aware we have moved to a Fiscal Year, June is now the end of the year for the APWA Chapter. The new board will be sworn in at the June Luncheon and officially takes office July 1st. This also ends my term as Chapter President, as Greg Smith will now take the gavel. I will remain involved for the next year as Past President in a limited role. 

I have gained so much during my years on the APWA Board, and have come to know so many of our members. I want to thank everyone I have had the opportunity to work with.  It is because of the continuing commitment of our many volunteers we have accomplished goals over the past two years that we set out to reach in our annual strategic plans. The dedication of our committees is amazing! And what I will cherish most is the lasting relationships I have had the pleasure to cultivate. 

I am encouraged by our leadership on the board and know that our chapter is sustainable and growing. If you have time to get involved on any of our committees, I highly recommend it. What you gain is much more than what you give.

Thank you for support over the past two years and allowing me to serve as President, it has been an honor.

I want to announce our SUMMER SPECIAL Membership Drive. If you sign up as a New Member prior to August 31st you will receive the next three Monthly Membership Meeting Luncheons at NO COST. Yep, Complimentary Registration for the Sept, Oct & Nov monthly meetings.  If you have never been a member before, please click here for Membership Application with a special Half Price Dues for the first year.  You can also fill out your Member Application on line at www.APWA.net.

Loretta Flick

APWA June Luncheon
June 20, 2018
Topic: City of Phoenix Design and Construction Procurement New Request For Qualifications Scoring Process

The ABCs of Value Engineering

Statewide Conference

The conference is less than two months away! We have an exciting program planned and you don't want to miss out on the networking, education, and fun. Schedule, registration, sponsorship, exhibitor, keynote speaker, food, fun night, and hotel information is all on the website so check it out now. www.azapwaconference.com.

Sponsorships and exhibit hall booth spaces are still available, but filling up fast, so sign up today to take advantage of this opportunity to support the Arizona Chapter of APWA and promote your firm at this high-profile industry event. 

Exhibitor Information: 

  • Locations are on a first come basis so book yours today to get the best spot.
  • Premium booth locations are almost sold out.
  • Exhibitors are exposed to more than 500 delegates that represent public and private sector organizations in the Arizona public works.
  • This is an exclusive opportunity for your organization to connect with others in the industry; showcase your organization’s expertise, develop new business by forming new partnerships, and network with colleagues and potential clients.

Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Opening Reception Sponsor

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors


  • Key Card Sponsor 

  • Fun Night Sponsor 

  • Coffee Sponsor

  • Thursday Breakfast/Break Sponsor

    Western Technologies

  • Lanyard Sponsor
        Logan Simpson Design, 

  • Award Lunch Sponsors

           Hunter Contracting

  • Friday Networking Event Snack Bag Sponsor

        EagleLift, Inc.

  • Public Agency Sponsors

    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Civiltec Engineering
    Neenah Foundry
    Oldcastle Precast

  • Exhibitors    
Accurate Corrosion Control, Inc.GHD
Achen-Gardner ConstructionHobas Pipe USA
AeroTech MappingKimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Amorock, LLCKitchell
Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.Logan Simpson
ATG USANeenah Foundry
AztecOldcastle Precast
Border Construction SpecialtiesPACE
Burgess & Niple, Inc.Pavement Restoration
CardnoPrecision Concrete Cutting
Civiltec EngineeringProject Engineering Consultants
Coe & Van Loo ConsultantsPsomas
Cooper AerialRick Engineering
DBA Construction, Inc.Rinker Materials
EagleLift, Inc.Sunland Asphalt
EJSunrise Engineering
Ennis-FlintTierra Right of Way Services, Ltd.
EPS GroupWood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

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

Who's Who in Public Works

Name: David S. Fabiano, PE, PWLF
Agency: Town of Gilbert
Title:  Town Engineer
What are you responsible for in your new role? 
In Gilbert, the Town Engineer oversees the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. The Capital Improvement Section, Traffic Engineering Section and the Water/Wastewater Modeling report to the Town Engineer. The Town Engineer oversees the development standards and specifications for all work in the Town’s rights of way and on Town facilities.
How long have you been in this position? 
I have been serving as the Town Engineer for almost 2 years.
Where did you work previously? 
I was practicing as a consultant. I started out with Gannett Fleming for 6 years, and then enjoyed 17 years with Stanley Consultants, all here in Arizona.
What Challenges do you experience in your role?
Working for an elected Council that is working for 250,000 clients! Everyone in the Town has experiences with the Town’s infrastructure every day. There are a lot of opportunities to interface with residents that are less than pleased with something we have done or maybe failed to do.
How long have you been an APWA member?
I have been a member of APWA since 1994, 24 years.
Have you served on the Board or any committees? 
I first served as the Newsletter Editor and on the Scholarship Committee. I also served on the Education Committee and on the Chapter’s 50th Anniversary Committee. I served as a Director and then progressed through the chairs as the Treasurer, Secretary, President Elect, President and Past President. I served on the Audit Committee, Finance Committee and as the Alternate Delegate and Delegate for the Chapter. I have served on National and Regional Nominating Committees and am serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the Council of Chapters.
What benefits do you get out of being a member?
APWA has been a great resource for my entire career. As a consulting engineer, it was one of the best places I found to meet with clients. It provided an environment where we could serve alongside each other in helping to advance the public works profession. As a public servant, it provides a good place to learn what my peer organizations are doing in addressing similar conditions and concerns. I can meet with a large number of potential service providers in a single location and it is a perfect venue to get to know other public works professionals.
What would you like to share with APWA Members?
Since I have been with the Town of Gilbert, I have recruited five new members!
Tell us about your family and hobbies:
I think that my family and my hobbies are one in the same! My lovely wife Laura and I have been blessed with eight children. With four daughters and four sons, my hobbies are going to activities that my children are involved in; between bands, orchestras and choirs, I love all types of music. One of my greatest joys is doing just about anything in the outdoors with my family. With so much running around, I depend on our public works infrastructure to be doing its job every day! I think it is because of my family that I am so passionate and committed to the public works profession!

New Members

Bob Davies Olsson Associates
Tim MahonProject EngineerAztec Engineering, Inc.

Committee Spotlight – Membership Committee

The membership committee includes the following members:

Jenny Bixby, AECOM (Chair)
Sanja Grujakovic, City of Mesa (Vice Chair)
Connie Boyd, US Cad
Helen Cooley, Avolve Software
Lauren Fisher, Deutch Architecture Group
Tracy Grunden, Burgess & Niple
Donna Hancock, City of Tempe
John Jacobson, Jacobson McLeod
Ampy McIntyre, TankGirl Marketing
Sheila Smith, Arrington Watkins Architects
Marci Utakis, Rider Levett Bucknall

Meetings occur:

The committee meets via conference call – first Wednesday of the month @ 10:00am

What to expect from the committee

  • Reminders via phone or email when you membership is coming due or past due. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS CURRENT IN YOUR APWA MEMBER PROFILE
  • Assistance renewing your membership, supporting new members, and providing information on the benefits of membership
  • Membership drives, Summer, 2018

How can you contribute?

  • Invite others to attend a luncheon as your guest (no charge) to introduce them to the benefits on APWA
  • Suggestions for member drives
  • Suggestions for increasing member retention (activities, speakers, benefits, networking, etc)
  • Identify any opportunities to partner with other organizations and/or increase visibility of the organization to industry professionals who may not be familiar with APWA

Want to join the Membership Committee?
Contact Jenny Bixby at Jennifer.bixby@aecom.com to join this committee

APWA Zoo Horticulture Volunteer Project

On Saturday, May 12th, a small but mighty group of APWA volunteers had some muddy fun clearing out a portion of a tiny stream near the camel enclosure.  Under the direction of two zoo employees, we met at the relatively new Volunteer Center (which we learned has geothermal cooling) and were “carted” to our project.  The stream was overgrown with vegetation and filled with palm fronds.  Some in the group donned wellies, some wrestled palm fronds into a cart, and others took up rakes.  A break was called at one point by the camel keeper to allow the camels to be undisturbed by us while they ate.  The whole project took about two hours, and the now free-running stream was immediately occupied by two ducks, which had observed us and commented on our work the entire time. 


2017 PWX Wrap Up - Orlando

David Fabiano – Town Engineer, Gilbert

Orlando – PWX in Orlando in 2017 was a special occasion for me. I had the privilege and honor of being nominated and recognized as a Top Ten Public Works Leader in 2017. PWX is where the association recognizes all ten individuals. Getting to meet them all in person was humbling. One thing that I found in common with all was that each of us felt a large part of us being recognized had to do with those who we worked with and for through our careers. We were standing there in proxy for hundreds and even thousands of others who helped us to be successful in our endeavors.

PWX has been a working event for me for many years. At PWX each year the Council of Chapters (formerly the House of Delegates) meets to council on the interests and business of APWA. Serving as the Delegate for the Arizona Chapter and previously as the Alternate Delegate, PWX is a time when I am busy learning about best practices, trends emerging issues that public works professionals are working on all around the country. At each PWX I come away with new connections and ideas to bring back to my daily duties at the Town of Gilbert. On the Exhibit floor visiting with the hundreds of vendors, in the education sessions listening to experts from around the country, in the general sessions hearing from different speakers, in the hallways meeting with my peers, there are so many places to find knowledge.

If you have never had the opportunity to participate in the national APWA conference, I hope that you will consider putting it on your to do list. PWX is in Kansas City in 2018 and in Seattle in 2019. It opens on Sunday and runs through Wednesday mid-day. There is so much to learn and experience and I encourage every public works professional to attend.

Top Ten reasons to attend APWA PWX August 26-29, 2018

10  PXW draws thousands of PW Professionals to mingle with & build lasting relationships
9    Watch the APWA Members “Roadeo”
8    Hear 4 Keynote Speakers
7    Choose from more than 125 technical and professional development sessions to attend
6    PWX Expo showcases the latest products and technologies
5    Attend the Get Acquainted Party
4    Recruitment opportunities
3    Get out of Phoenix in August
2    Visit Kansas City and eat world famous BBQ
1    Watch Arizona accept the 2018 PACE Award  !!!

Vote Now for National Board of Directors! 

Voting for APWA’s national Board of Directors is open through June19. Simply login to the national website and you’ll be automatically provided with voting options. Or you can visit the APWA Vote Now page and choose “Vote Online.” You’ll be asked to log in and will be given appropriate voting options. 

New Hires

W.E. O’Neil Construction Company of Arizona Names Jed Heuberger as Senior Project Manager

Tucson, Arizona, May, 2018 – W.E. O’Neil is pleased to announce the addition of Jed Heuberger to our team of construction professionals. Jed will serve in the role of Senior Project Manager in our Tucson office.  

Jed brings 15 years of experience in the local construction market. During his professional career, he has served in the roles of Project Manager, Preconstruction Director and Senior Project Manager. Jed’s background includes all types of construction, with experience in the Hospitality, Healthcare and Education markets. He is an active participant in the building industry with his involvement in the ABA Young Builders Council, and serving as a course instructor for the AGC PMDP. 

W.E. O’Neil Construction Company of Arizona Hires Intern Zach Sahlberg as Project Engineer

Tucson, Arizona, May, 2018 – W.E. O’Neil is pleased to announce that Zach Sahlberg has accepted a full-time position after completing his internship. Zach will serve in the role of Project Engineer in our Tucson office. 

Zach is currently studying Construction Management at Pima Community College. He joins our team of construction professionals after recently completing an internship with the company where he performed the duties of a Project Engineer, while providing support in estimating and operations in our Special Projects division. Zach brings enthusiasm and experience to W.E. O’Neil with his work as a laborer, electrician apprentice, and construction manager for a custom home contractor. 

Public Works Job Opportunities
This is a new section where agencies can advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to tbaker@lognsimpson.com or sniebel@woodpatel.com.

The City of Mesa Engineering Department is seeking to fill an Engineering Technician II position.  

This position functions at full performance regarding Civil 3D and other Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) assignments.  An employee in this class continues to build their engineering design experience, understanding, and capabilities.  Responsibilities include drafting and design of utility projects, public works projects including; sanitary sewers, storm drains, street improvements, retention basins, site improvements, public water, and other underground utility lines, etc., and other related tasks.  Additionally, this class will be responsible for various aspects of Civil 3D modeling which may include; establishing alignments, surface modeling and development, profile and style template creation, survey point generation, and illustration of other Civil 3D elements.  

Minimum Qualifications Required.  Graduation from high school or GED.  Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to two years' experience in paraprofessional engineering work involving CAD or other related software.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's Degree or certification in CAD drafting.  Autodesk Software (Civil3D and AutoCAD) experience (2+ years) as well as capacity to work in different disciplines are preferred.  Experience integrating CAD and ArcGIS Esri Desktop is desirable.  Capability to draft street or utility layouts, including right-of-way lines, lot lines, existing utilities, and addresses.  Familiarity in working with survey data, surfaces, alignments, and plan and profiles in preparation of construction documents.  Knowledge in Microsoft Office Product Suite.  

$39,745.38 - $57,075.20 Annually

Link to Apply 

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