APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 October
|NEWSLETTER October 2018|
October 11, 2018
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October 22, 2018
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2018 NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
"Voice" - Government Advocacy / Elections
APWA, YP, & SMPS Fall Mixer 2018
APWA October Luncheon
Public Works Institute Module One
“These four modules through APWA have been some of the most helpful trainings I have ever attended” – Fleet Services Supervisor
“I benefitted most because we were discussing real life business with peers” – System Supervisor
New Member Spotlight
Name, Title, Agency/Company: Robert “Rob” Sachs, SR/WA – Real Estate and Right-of-Way Coordinator – Town of Queen Creek
With APWA Since: (September 2018)
Describe your job responsibilities: My team and I are responsible for all aspects of real estate within the Town of Queen Creek. As a growing community making substantial infrastructure improvements, my team and I are responsible for land acquisitions for public infrastructure. With a current focus on better roads ahead, the Town recently approved a 10-year, $195 million roadway infrastructure improvement plan. We are also working on purchasing land and construction for two future fire stations to meet the growth in the eastern area of Town. I’ve assisted with the Town’s newest community park, a 48-acre amenity that is scheduled to open on September 1, in addition to assisting with the development of another community park in the northeast area of Town. Another major project includes development in the Town Center and implementing the recent Town Center Update, in addition to overall economic development efforts throughout the community, leasing of Town-owned properties, property management of Town-owned real property assets and other real estate related activities impact the Town.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? My favorite project has been the Riggs Road project. This multi-phase project is a partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Transportation. It entails the widening 5+ miles of roadway, and the construction of 3+ miles of new roadway along Riggs Road from Recker Road to Meridian Road. There were approximately 80 acquisitions along this stretch of roadway that is going to serve as a key transportation corridor for Queen Creek and the region, linking the southeast valley to the I-10 freeway.
I had the opportunity to work on this project both through my previous employer and in my current position with the Town of Queen Creek. We faced many challenging situations along the way, but as we near completion of the final phase of this project, the finished product and positive impact it will have on the community makes it all worthwhile. It feels really good to know that all of my efforts through the years as a key player on the project team are resulting in something so beneficial.
Where have your travels taken you? My travels have taken me to many places over the years. I have been outside the US on 10 separate occasions. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Israel on 8 separate occasions. I have been to France, and within the last year have been on a family trip to Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and London, England.
Name one thing not many people know about you: I’m a Deadhead!
Who's Who in Public Works
Name: Chris Ewell
2018 Statewide Conference Summary – An Owner’s Perspective
At the APWA conference this year I was able to attend a handful of sessions that I really enjoyed. I learned about “Envision," which is the infrastructure rating system for sustainability and which is equivalent to “LEED” for buildings; heard about how Pima County utilized their JOC program to replace/repair $80M worth of pipelines; how City of Phoenix is working on reducing landfill usage by 40 percent by 2020 and a goal of zero waste by 2050 (11 percent reduction occurred through their first phase of composting facility); learned about how one firm is analyzing existing pump station facilities to troubleshoot problems; learned about the remediation of flood retarding structures (White tanks FRS No. 4); and how the CMAR process was used to successfully construct a new roadway project in Pima County (it was their first CMAR project in 10 yrs). However, one of the best things I took away came from the key note speaker.
Jay Gubrud spoke both on Thursday and Friday mornings. His topics were titled “Shifting Fears and Changing Lanes” and “Speed Traps, Pot Holes, and Idiots." Jay works with a various companies and organizations to improve performance and eliminate roadblocks to success. Here are a few notes that I took from his speeches:
1. When presented with a major change, people typically react in one of four different ways. Understanding how we react to change can help us to deal with it. Understanding how others react to change can help us to work with others to institute the change:
2. Gossip - people complain about the change. The positive is at least they are talking about the change. In these cases, people can learn to replace gossip and talk about change using phrases such as: “In my opinion”, “I believe that”, or “I feel”
3. Deer-in-the-headlights- people aren’t sure what to do, or how the change should be implemented. This is often people with a lot of experience. People that experience this reaction can take the time to ask additional questions and follow up on the change.
4. New-to-the-job- some people react to change by seeking a different situation
It is a misconception that people don’t like change. People love change, as long as it is their idea. People don’t like change when they aren’t involved in the process. If we want people to buy into the changes we are asking, we should involve them in the process. We can ask questions of them instead of dictating. We can all learn to deal with change by controlling what we can and letting go of the rest. We should all be willing to assume the best. We all generally have good intentions, so we shouldn’t assume the worst, but rather the best scenario regarding the change.
Managers who provided frequent recognition and encouragement were rewarded with an increase productivity of 31 percent according to one study that Jay cited. I know I could provide more encouragement and positive feedback.
Not all conflict is bad or has to be negative. Here are some possible benefits to conflict:
1. Clears the air
Committee Spotlight - Conference Committee
What to expect from the committee:
Assist with planning and organizing the Statewide Conference.
How can you contribute?
Join one of the subcommittees below:
The membership committee currently includes the following members:
Scott Kirchhofer, Conference Co-Chair, Achen-Gardner Construction
Chris Simko, Technical Program Chair, Stantec
April Victorino, Site Committee Co-Chair, Stantec
Dana Varieur, Site Committee Co-Chair, GHD
Kristin Peck, Exhibitor Chair, Hilgartwilson
Cindy Laughlin, EPS Group
Al Field, Al Field & Associates
Bill Linck, Entellus
Lisa Folsom, Sunland Asphalt
Steve Pageau, Consultant Engineering
James Schleich, Huitt-Zollars
Kevin Murphy, Civil & Environmental Consultants
John Tutor, Wood
Cailey Jones, Achen-Gardner Construction
Joe Soto, Pima County
Sergio Montano, City of Scottsdale
Nancy Cole, Pima County
Chris Ewell, APWA Board Liaison, City of Phoenix
W.E. O’Neil Construction Company of Arizona Names Alex Lindsey as Assistant Project Manager
Tucson, Arizona, September, 2018 – W.E. O’Neil is pleased to announce the addition of Alex Lindsey to our team of construction professionals. Alex will serve in the role of Assistant Project Manager in our Tucson office.
Alex brings more than five years of experience in the construction industry, where he has served in similar roles for other construction companies in Arizona and New York. His experience has been primarily focused on large-scale retail construction and renovation projects.
W.E. O’Neil Construction Company of Arizona Names Mike Milewski as Scheduling Coordinator
Phoenix, Arizona, September, 2018 – W.E. O’Neil is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Milewski to our team of construction professionals. Mike will serve in the role of Scheduling Coordinator in our Phoenix office.
Mike brings 30 years of experience in the local construction market. During his professional career, he has served in the roles of Scheduling Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Scheduling Manager and Director of Scheduling. He is a demonstrated successful and results-driven professional specializing in keeping projects on timeline and on budget.
Public Works Job Opportunities
City of Surprise is seeking to fill a civil engineer position.
This position will be a part of the Engineering Development Review Division. The primary responsibilities will be development plan review. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/surprise?
City of Yuma is seeking to fill two positions.
The City of Tempe will be posting the following positions over the next month.
Go to https://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/internal-services/human-resources/job-opportunities to see what is available and/or sign-up for our e-Notification under “Job Posts” to automatically receive a notification when jobs are posted to the website - https://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/services/e-notification-signup.
Maricopa County is seeking to fill two Professional Land Surveyor positions.
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/14NbAYEItpw
SAVE Arizona Teams with APWA to Spread the Word about VE
SAVE’s Arizona Chapter partnered with APWA to sponsor a half-day “ABC’s of VE” class at the annual APWA Arizona state conference in August. SAVE International Executive Vice President Renee Hoekstra, CVS of RHA, LLC provided instruction with assistance from Mike Bonar of Entellus. Eighteen participants, mostly from the government sector, discussed how to integrate value engineering into requests for proposals for architecture and engineering services. Proceeds were donated to the APWA Scholarship fund.
SAVE’s Arizona Chapter also participated in two hour-long presentation slots in the conference that covered various aspects of value engineering. The first was on The Town of Gilbert’s new Public Safety Training facility. Assistant City Engineer Susanna Struble and Assistant Fire Chief Rob Duggan joined Renee Hoekstra in a discussion of how VE was used to identify and finalize the project’s scope and budget so it could be included in the November 2018 ballot.
The second presentation focused on Valley Metro’s South Central Light Rail Extension. Presenters discussed how VE, risk analysis, and the CMAR process combined to improve project development and integrate a large 30-member project team early in project design. The contractor shared that his point of view—that VE is just “looking for ways to cut costs”—shifted to an understanding of how much value it can offer to a project.
The SAVE International Arizona Chapter thanks APWA for allowing us to once again be a part of the annual conference.