APWA AZ Newsletter 2014 September
In this issue
2014 Newsletter Sponsors
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
September 9, 2014
September 10, 2014
September 17, 2014
October 1, 2014
October 15, 2014
*Note: Event dates/times/locations should be verified with appropriate committee chair –See Committee Directory
The APWA 2014 Congress inToronto is behind us and now it’s our turn. Arizona was well represented in Toronto. Arizona Chapter members staffed a booth to promote the 2015 Congress and to invite APWA members from across the United States, Canada and Australia to visit us in Phoenix. I have high praise for the Canadian host committee. They put on a first rate program and their pride was apparent when we debriefed with them after the Congress was over. The Canadian committee shared their experience with us and provided both insight and advice from their lessons learned.
The 2015 National Congress will be hosted by the Arizona Chapter and, while a lot of groundwork has been done, there is much more to be done over the next 11 months.
We will need the participation of all of our members to make this Congress a success. This means both sponsorships and volunteers to prepare for the event and to staff the event. We welcome help in all forms. This could mean in-kind services which may off-set costs. For example Canada used the traffic sign shops from local chapters to prepare banners and signs for the Toronto Convention Center. The local Transit agency provided free transportation (a special train) to the get acquainted party. Your ideas and innovation will be essential.
Please join us for the next Congress planning committee at 2:00 pm on Thursday October 2, 2014. The Town of Gilbert will be our host and we will have representatives from APWA National in attendance to focus on the 2015 Arizona Congress.
Check out the video on 2015 APWA Congress
2014 CONGRESS WRAP UP
For the next few months we’ll be featuring stories from Arizona Chapter APWA members who attended the 2014 APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition on August 17-20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you have a 2014 Congress story you’d like to share please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al Field, President of Al Field & Associates & APWA Arizona Chapter Director
The 2014 Congress was about 10 times as big as the Statewide Conference; that many more presentations and that many more exhibitors. The whole city was under construction to make preparation for Pan-Am games to be held there a year from now (I’m told they are currently 10 months behind schedule). The Convention Center was about 8 blocks from my hotel (on Lake Ontario with a view) and walking was faster than the shuttle service during high-traffic hours. The shuttles ran every 15 minutes and were 50-passenger busses that rarely were more than 10% occupied.
I presented on Abandoned Utilities with the Chair of the UPROW (Utilities and Public Right-of-Way) committee to about 70 people who felt the issue and topic were timely and appropriately addressed. I did not attend any other presentations since I was on another mission.
I visited with many exhibitors who shared many ideas for us in 2015, some which we will have some say about and others that APWA National controls. One concern was that there were few engineering firms exhibiting; only AMEC, Atkins, Fugro, RJ Burnside& Assoc., RJN Group, RWDI, T2 Utility Engineers and WSP Canada. Another that we won’t have many issues about was getting equipment and supplies across the border. Presentations were set so there was plenty of “no-compete time” for walking the exhibit hall. One suggestion was to structure the lunch and coffee breaks so the attendees would be required to walk into or through the exhibit hall on the way.
I attended the “New Leaders” meeting and chose to work with the table assigned to discuss Innovative Educational Programs. I found several ideas for our AZ Education Committee (which needs more people on that committee.)
Several UPROW committee members took a bus-tour of the city, through its various sub-cities, and stopping frequently to let passengers on and off to shop or continue the tour.
Several of our AZ Chapter members (and past members) made it to the CN Tower. I understand that some of them actually “hung out” there!! Sue McDermott is pictured.
The Chapter Dinner with the Minnesota Chapter was great as usual. The Amsterdam Brewhouse was a great place to spend an evening with friends since it was at the lake, had great staff, a view of the water and good food.
We met with the Toronto Conference Committee on the last day of the conference and discussed many issues they had encountered and how they overcame most of them. They gave us several tips for 2015. They consisted of about 500 folks, some from as far away as Boston and New York City, who helped put on the Congress. This emphasized for me the need to get more folks involved for next year. They all wore red hockey jerseys and were scattered anywhere someone might get lost or need direction and had the answers or knew where to find it.
I had a great time and was ready for 2015 when I left.
Phoenix Airport System Had $28.7 Billion Economic Impact in 2011
In 2011 ASU’s WP Carey School of Business conducted a study to determine the economic impact of the Phoenix Airport System. Below are some of the statistics showing the results of that study. From these statistics it is clear that the Airport Systems plays a major role in the economic vitality of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
*Sky Harbor Center, a 500-acre city-owned commerce park, is home to the Airport’s Rental Car Center as well as major tenants such as Bank of America, Honeywell, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and US Airways
An Average Day at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
> 1,266 Aircraft Arrive and Depart
The Phoenix Airport System Pays Its Own Way
Sources of Revenue Uses of Revenues
*This table includes the economic impact of Sky Harbor Center facilities as on airport property contributions.
Sky Harbor Center, a 500-acre city-owned commerce park, is home to the Airport’s Rental Car Center as well as major tenants such as Bank of America, Honeywell, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and US Airways.
Sun Link Modern Streetcar Revitalizing, Rejuvenating Downtown Tucson
Story contributed by Kelly Kaysonepheth, HDR Engineering, Inc.
The City of Tucson had a historic streetcar operating from The University of Arizona to 4th Avenue, but the line no longer served Downtown and beyond. The City was uniquely positioned to bring in a modern streetcar line that would rejoin the historic west side to Downtown and to The University of Arizona, and help to drive economic development.
HDR Engineering, Inc. was engaged with the City of Tucson early on in developing the streetcar concept. Our role evolved through nearly 10 years of partnership from early conceptual planning to program manager through construction and revenue service. On July 25, 2014, the Tucson Modern Streetcar, also known as Sun Link, opened to the public.
The project sparked the first U.S. manufacturing of streetcars in 58 years, cultivating American industry and creating jobs through Arizona’s first TIGER grant. It’s also the first successful launch of a modern streetcar system outside of the Pacific Northwest.
Project designers, led by URS as the lead engineering designer, aligned Tucson’s first fixed rail transit system to connect some of its most dynamic districts with a densely populated corridor. Streetcars reach The University of Arizona campus; the business/entertainment districts along Fourth Avenue, at Main Gate and Downtown; and the new Mercado neighborhood.
More than 100,000 residents—including university students, faculty and staff—live and work within walking distance of the 3.9-mile alignment. The team designed the system to thrive, with 17 stops and streetcars operating every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night. During the opening weekend, 60,000 riders boarded Sun Link.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership estimates the project created approximately 500 construction jobs and has generated roughly $1.5 billion in public-private investments along the corridor, which includes new housing units, restaurants and retail. It’s projected to reduce CO2 emissions by over 220 tons and save more than 46,000 gallons of gasoline consumed by vehicular traffic during the first year of operation.
The streetcar opened on July 25 and is the largest, most complex construction project in Tucson history at $196 million. At the opening, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “This Administration would like to build more projects like this one in other communities across the country.”
APWA Congress 2015 Sponsors
Thank you to Achen-Gardner Construction, the latest sponsor for APWA Congress 2015. Please help the Arizona chapter reach its sponsorship goal of $500k.
Sign up to Volunteer at the 2015 APWA Congress to be held in Phoenix
Dear APWA Members and Friends,
We are reaching out to you to make you aware of an exciting opportunity for your Private Sector and Public Works Staff!!
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) will be hosting APWA’s International Congress and Public Works Exposition at the Phoenix Convention Center from August 30th through September 2nd, 2015.
The APWA Congress provides many educational sessions from Sunday through Wednesday as well as having the largest Public Works equipment display on Earth. There is 300,000 square feet of Exhibition floor that will have all types of vendors and services with thousands of attendees. This will be available to your staff because of a program APWA and the Arizona Chapter have initiated for the event.
We will need over 400 volunteers to work at the Congress, from Saturday, Aug 29th thru Thursday, September 3rd. Most volunteers will work for a ½ day, and get the other ½ to attend educational sessions or the Equipment show. They will also get an APWA logo volunteers t-shirt for their time.
We want you and your staff members to be preparing for dedicating the time to this fabulous event. National APWA will have their website available in the spring of 2015 for sign up. We hope you will plan to volunteer and support and encourage your staff to do the same.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to making this the best Congress ever!
Your APWA Congress 2015 Volunteers Committee Co-Chairs,
Rebecca Timmer Jeff Kramer
JOINT REGIONAL MEETING AND WORKSHOP
The APWA Sustainability Committee encourages Public Works Directors, Municipal Solid Waste Directors, and Sustainability Champions to join ReImagine Phoenix and the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network’s (RISN) for its first regional meeting and workshop. Attendees will present and discuss approaches to regional feedstock and other future collaborations to develop Arizona's circular economy. The goal of this workshop is to bring together public works and other government stakeholders from municipalities across the Phoenix metropolitan region to identify necessary resources, potential barriers and solutions in streamlining the state's waste reduction and create new economies based on waste. Register here
HDR is happy to announce that Sabrina Drago, PE has joined our team as the Arizona/New Mexico Transportation Marketing Manager. She will be based in our Phoenix office.
Sabrina has over a decade of experience working on infrastructure projects in the Western United States for both public and private sector clients. Her technical experience includes primarily the design of transportation structures and she has been focused on marketing and business development efforts for the past six years. Sabrina is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and California. She has a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
HDR partners with our clients to shape communities and push boundaries of what's possible since 1917. With 8,500 employees in 200 locations around the world, we think global and act local. We've completed projects in 60 countries, always following through and holding ourselves accountable.
The City of Chandler, Arizona
Tim Crall, PE
Promotion of Timothy (Tim) Crall, to succeed Michael (Mike) Bonar as President of the firm effective immediately.
Tim joined Entellus in 2003 and has served since that time as the firm's Senior Vice President and Principal for Development Services, Survey and Construction Administration. Mike Bonar will remain at Entellus, continuing as Senior Principal and CEO and will continue to work on special projects for all of Entellus’ clients.
Bill Linck, PE
Promotion of William (Bill) Linck to Senior Vice President. Bill joined Entellus in 1997 and has been part of the strategic direction and operation of the firm, starting as a Project Engineer and growing through dedication and performance to become a Principal Owner.
Bill will continue to serve as Director of Municipal Services where he has 18 years of Project Management experience on some of the Valley's most significant municipal transportation, water/wastewater, and infrastructure projects.
Ross Renner, PE
The addition of Ross Renner to the firm's municipal engineering practice. Ross recently retired from a 27 year career with the City of Mesa, where he served in several departmental capacities. His wealth of experience comes from management of design and construction of numerous capital improvement projects within the City of Mesa. His most recent and notable project was the $108M Cubs Spring Training Facility and Riverview Park Improvements. Additionally, Ross on behalf of the City of Mesa, coordinated with ADOT all the segments of the Red Mountain Freeway, within the City. Ross will serve as Senior Project Manager for Municipal Services at Entellus .
APWA New Members
2014/2015 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION
The 2014/2015 Future City Competition is coming and the student competitors need your help.
The Future City Competition program introduces students to engineering concepts through practical applications of math and science. Student teams are guided by volunteer engineers and teachers as they design and build their vision of the urban world of tomorrow.
The Future City program takes place in more than 30 regions of the United States and there are trial programs in several countries. The competition is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee, a consortium of engineering associations and major US industries.
We need your help as volunteer a competition judge in the Arizona Regional competition. Student participation in the Arizona region continues to increase and we need more and more judges every year to keep up with the number of entries.
You can learn more about the about the Future City program from our websites: http://www.futurecityarizona.org/ or http://www.futurecity.org/ and there is also a youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLot6UkDs8. For additional questions you can contact me at email@example.com.
In addition to Competition Judges, Engineering Mentors and general volunteers are always needed. For more information about helping the students by being an Engineering Mentor or a volunteer contact Fredrick Tack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to register as a judge or are a returning judge please visit the Arizona Region website and register as a competition judge. http://www.futurecityarizona.org/. The log in link is in the middle of the page on the left side. You can navigate directly to the registration page here: www.phoenixregion.org. If you are a returning judge, you can sign in using the “Returning User Login” button; your user account and password will still work. If you are a new judge, click on “New User Login” button and register by following the instructions.
Important Note #1: Even if you have participated as a judge, you MUST register on the website. This ensures that we have a correct list of judge volunteers and that we have current contact information for the judges.
Important Note #2: When you complete the registration information, you do not need to fill in the judging team information at the bottom of the page at this time. If you have a team or other judges that you’d like to be teamed with, please send me an email and let me know.
We are all excited for another successful competition and we can’t do it without all the wonderful people that volunteer. Please invite your friends and co-workers to volunteer as well!