In my many years working in the Public Sector, I have been frequently asked by consultants and CMAR contractors, what is it that Public Agency staffers are really looking for when reviewing proposals or serving on selection panels. In general, when reviewing these proposals, it seems obvious that we have some extremely talented, technically competent engineers/contractors here in the Valley. It has become increasingly difficult to differentiate between lead designers or contractors and so, it has been more useful to look at the specialty subs that are listed as part of the overall team. What used to be peripheral concerns such as; Utility Coordination, Surveying, Real Estate Acquisition Support, Public Relations Support, Geotech, Landscape Architecture, etc., now seems to be more important than ever and can go a long way in distinguishing your team from the other submittals.
There is a tremendous amount of effort and input that goes into securing the funding for the larger Public Works type projects long before any RFQs are released to the public for design or construction services. Along with this input, certain expectations are set and promises are made to the various interest groups and if one of these projects “fails” in any way it reflects poorly on all concerned. Therefore, my advice to those submitting proposals or interviewing, is to find a way to assure or re-assure the Public Agency that your team can successfully fulfill or exceed all the expectations and promises that have been made along the way. The firm that makes this point the best usually wins the contract.
Rob Kidder, P.E. APWA AZ - CHAPTER PRESIDENT
St. Vincent de Paul Dream Center Tutoring November 6, 2019
West Side Mixer November 14, 2019 This event is free but please RSVP.
Join us at The Vig Uptown on December 5th for the annual APWA Holiday Party! We are looking for both event sponsors and raffle prize donations. Please contact Stew Waller if you are interested in a sponsorship or want to donate to the raffle.
New Member Spotlight
Name and Title: Nicholas Brown, PE, Vice President, Municipal Department
Firm: Wood, Patel & Associates, Inc. (WOODPATEL)
With APWA Since: Brand New Member, August 2019
Describe your job responsibilities: Lead WOODPATEL’s Municipal Department, overseeing all civil engineering design related to publically funded transportation, water/wastewater, infrastructure design, Municipal buildings and parks projects. Active in business development and upholding WOODPATEL’s Mission: Client Service.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? Park Central Redevelopment, including the mall’s mixed use redevelopment, Creighton University and the Home 2 Tru (Hilton) Hotel, among other projects on the site. Great clients in Holualoa and Plaza Companies with a challenging in-fill site generating many projects.
What other states have your projects taken you to?: Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan
Michael R. Bryce, PE, RLS
Director of DOT
Salt River Pima Maricopa
Jordan W. Fagelman
Town of Prescott Valley PW
Town of Parker
Christopher A. Salas
Town of Florence
Who's Who in Public Works
Name: Kevin Burke
Agency: City of Peoria
Title: Public Works Director
What are you responsible for in your new role? Streets/Streetlights/Storm Drainage Solid Waste/Recycling/Bulk Facilities Transit Fleet Maintenance
How long have you been in this position? 13 months
Where did you work previously? Paradise Valley 2015-2018 and Flagstaff from 2007-2015.
What Challenges do you experience in your role? Learning both a greater level of detail about each operation and understanding the practices of my new organization.
How long have you been an APWA member? Several months.
Have you served on the Board or any committees? Not of APWA
What benefits do you get out of being a member? The state conference was a fantastic opportunity to get to meet colleagues and here about the latest trends in the industry.
What would you like to share with APWA Members? I am discovering what a rich and rewarding field Public Works is and how lucky I am to be a part of it. While Public Works employees are behind the scenes, it is amazing the difference they make to a community.
Holiday Helping Hands
Are you wondering how to help out and spread some joy this holiday season? Please view and share the attached document for some events that are being held within Arizona: 2019 Holiday Helping Hands
APWA Phoenix Zoo Horticulture Volunteer Event – October 19, 2019
Attendance was excellent at this year’s Phoenix Zoo Horticulture volunteering event, as it more than doubled from the previous year.A diverse group of 14 volunteers including board members, public and private sector chapter members, significant others and even a non-member pitched in to make the event very successful.This year’s task was to clean up leaves and other debris around the tropical bird exhibit.We were taught not to remove the “furniture” in the area, as it still needed to look like a zoo and not our back yards!Our zoo rep, Lenora, sent a thank you, saying “Although not everyone knew one another they all worked together so well and got Tropical Flights area looking good!Please extend our “thank you” to all that participated. We truly appreciated the help.”Our chapter was very well represented in both numbers and attitude.
Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant, Phase III Expansion
The Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant is currently a 16 MGD liquid treatment facility which started up in 2006. It treats wastewater from Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek, all of whom share in the ownership of the plant. Additionally, it treats an additional 8 MGD equivalent in sludge generated in Mesa’s Southeast Water Reclamation Plant for a solids treatment capacity of 24 MGD equivalent. The plant is operated by the City of Mesa on behalf of the three partners in the plant.
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/Brown and Caldwell are the design engineers.
The new capacity 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.Filters are being replaced and chlorine contact basins will replace the existing UV disinfection facility.
Greenfield WRP January 2018 Greenfield WRP October 2019
The project started in November 2017, with a current completion date of September 2020.McCarthy Building Company was selected to provide Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) construction services.The project was contracted with two GMPs to allow McCarthy to start procurement of major equipment and to start with the deep earthwork required for the additional digesters and aeration basins.The cost of construction currently stands at approximately $169M.
The current status shows that the major structural work is complete, and the new Aeration Basins have been placed in service.The attention is now on installing process equipment and controls throughout the site.
Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.