APWA AZ Newsletter 2015 August
In this issue
2015 Newsletter Sponsors
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
August 29, 2015
September 1, 2015
September 1, 2015
September 3, 2015
September 9, 2015
September 17, 2015
Here it is, the beginning of August. This is it! Congress starts on the 30th. Some of us will be working on it before that. For that, as the Chapter President, thanks to all the APWA members for your efforts on behalf of all of us. The Arizona Committee met recently with National representatives and are working on the final logistics for Congress.
To all of the membership and all the firms that have supported APWA for this huge event, thanks and we look forward to seeing you there. A special thanks for the many volunteers that will participate in Congress and to the many attendees from around Arizona that will be present for this momentous event.
As a reminder, Congress starts on Sunday the 30th and goes through the 2nd of September. It will be a whirlwind event. Plan to do a lot of walking and be prepared for that. There will be a large amount of handouts from exhibitors etc. so be aware that you might be carrying a lot of take away items from the exhibitor floor.
So, I am recommending that, if by chance, you have not registered, you should do so quickly. There is not much time left. We all look forward to meeting with you and spending time with you during Congress! See you there!
AUGUST LUNCHEON = CHAPTER DINNER
Congress is just a few weeks away and in lieu of our normal monthly luncheon we are askingall of our members and guests to attend the National Congress & Arizona Chapter Dinner on September 1st. It’s more than just a dinner really, it’s a party at The Duce in Phoenix. Join us for a night of fun, food, music, and dancing.
Location: The Duce, 525 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85004
Time: Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 Per Person
YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE BY AUGUST 20TH: http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/5433
2015 Congress Breakdown
APWA’s 2015 Congress is 22 days away! Join thousands of professionals from all over the world for the “Best Show in Public Works” at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event unites industry professionals for four days of extensive educational programming, workshops, an enormous exposition floor, and ample networking events. Congress not only features the latest public works innovations, emerging trends, fresh ideas and best practices, it also connects you with some of the best and brightest professionals in the business.
Career Development and Workforce Solutions
Operation Redwing's mission was to gather intelligence on a Taliban leader with ties to Osama bin Laden. A large Taliban force ambushed the four-man team on a remote ridge. Marcus Luttrell and his team fought valiantly for hours displaying characteristic SEAL determination and bravery, refusing to retreat despite being heavily outnumbered. Hours later, Luttrell had watched all three of his friends die. A rescue helicopter sent to attempt a rescue was shot down and all aboard perished.
His face shredded, nose broken, rotator cuff torn, three vertebrae cracked, his body riddled with shrapnel and unable to stand, Luttrell began to crawl through the mountains. Help arrived by way of the Afghan villagers of Sabray. They took him in, cleaned his wounds, and honoring their tribe's custom, protected him from the Taliban at risk to their own lives. Five nights after the nightmare began, Marcus Luttrell was rescued. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006.
Join us for Marcus Luttrell's story of survival and grace as he weaves a rich account of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, community and destiny that you will find both wrenching and life-affirming.
Author of three books, Diana Nyad is currently working on a new memoir and was recently a contest and on Dancing with the Stars.
In 2014,McNichol completed a year-long national media tour
A former White House appointee, he served as an advisor on transportation and infrastructure policies. He's a frequent contributor to national media outlets including The History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS and NPR. McNichol's books include: The Roads that Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System (2006-paperback); and The Big Dig (2002-paperback.)
To see all of the vendor names and locations, go to http://events.ntpshow.com/apwa2015/public/FloorPlan.aspx
But that's not all! In addition to the EXPO EXPERIENCE, the 2015 exposition floor has added some great learning opportunities in designated areas around the floor!
Come for the week or come for a day! The 2015 Exposition will be loaded with demonstrations, learning opportunities, and fun for everyone!
City of Phoenix Tennis Center
Article and Photos by Matthew Mancini, PE, Hoskin Ryan Consultants. Inc.
Introduction / Project Summary - The City of Phoenix Tennis Center is a historic tennis facility located in Washington Park, and was once considered a state of the art public facility with contemporary amenities upon its original completion in 1969. As one of the largest tennis facilities in the State, this facility is rich in history and value to the City and its residents. Over time, the elements simply degraded the quality of this once glamorous facility; however, since many of the internal infrastructure components were still in service life, including the existing clubhouse, this facility was re-born to a renovated newer version of itself through a historical restoration/preservation.
As part of the City of Phoenix’s desire to continue its focus on recreational improvement, expansion, and design, modernization of the facility in 2014 brought back the world class level of standards to the site. This facility is a jewel for tennis players and spectators alike. Contemporary upgrades and improvements for this complete renovation included new high performance courts and clay court surfaces, including 25 adult courts, 3 singles courts, and 4 youth courts built to current United States Tennis Association (USTA) standards. For aesthetic enhancement new court lighting, high-quality fencing, tensile fabric shade shelters, high performance tennis amenities, and pedestrian comfort nodes were used. The project was developed in 3 separate phases using 2 sets of construction documents as public funding became available. Selective demolition and
preservation was a key challenge for this existing recreation facility, as the new design had to honor the grade and elevation of existing courts, while providing reasonable grades for new court designs, ADA, and drainage. The site was blended to surrounding park grading, and solutions for resolving ponding storm water were implemented in a phased effort. The project site plan incorporates space planning for a future entry building and clubhouse that will create an even greater impact and “WOW” factor for local and out-of-state users when funding becomes available.
Beginning with initial public outreach, the City knew partnership was an integral component to the project and its future success. As a result, and through a design-build procurement process, the City partnered with Hoskin Ryan Consultants, Inc. (Hoskin Ryan), Harrington Planning + Design (HP+D), Wright Engineering Corporation (Wright), and Valley Rain Construction Corporation (Valley Rain) to deliver the City’s vision from concept to reality. Through timely and cost effective design, planning, and creative engineering solutions, the project team has hopefully delivered an iconic facility that will sustainably serve the public another 50+ years, and become a standard from which future projects are materialized.
Construction Management Techniques - As a facility that was currently being used on a daily basis by a large amount of local tennis enthusiasts; any delay in schedule or interruption would have an adverse effect to the public.
Prior to selection of the design-build team, the City conceptualized the site plan through multiple public meetings, where input from the public and local tennis community was carefully considered. Once funding for the project was received, the City held a design charrette with Hoskin Ryan, HP+D, and Wright. During this meeting lines of communication were opened where high-level critical details, such as grading design, ADA compliance, site lighting, landscape palette, and phasing were discussed. In conjunction, detailed field reconnaissance set the stage for the entire project.
Community Relations - Community outreach was the catalyst for which this project was born. Due to the demand of the local tennis community, the City was able to generate the funding to renovate this popular facility. By virtue of the community’s involvement at the conceptualization of the project, the City took pride in keeping the public informed of the project’s progress. Given the intimacy the City has with the local tennis community, they kept all public relations internal and direct. Informational boards within the facility were always kept up-to-date, which served as a two-way communication tool for both City and community, as questions or comments were posted directly to City Staff.
Unique Accomplishments and Additional Considerations - Upon completion of the revived Phoenix Tennis Center, it became even more evident that this project was a significant accomplishment for the City, along with all of its partners. Renovating and revitalizing what was becoming an eyesore for the community, and turning it into an international level facility, engages a new sense of pride for the area. Unique conditions that contributed to such an accomplishment include:
White Mountain Sponsors: Amec Foster Wheeler ~ APWA Southern Arizona Branch ~ Cardno ~ HDR ~ H&E Equipment Services ~ Jacobs ~Stanley Consultants
Painted Desert Sponsors: Achen-Gardner Construction ~ Civil & Environmental Consultants ~ Engineering and Environment Consultants, Inc. ~ EPS Group ~ Infra-Tech ~ Michael Baker International ~ Speedie and Associates ~ SRP ~ Terracon ~ Wood Patel
CONGRESS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteer Sign-up for the APWA International Public Works Congress & Expo to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center from August 30 to September 2 is closing soon on National’s website! Sign up now before the August 14th deadline passes!
The 2015 Congress Volunteers sub-committee is preparing for the big push to fill over 700 volunteer slots needed to make Congress a big success! Based on past Congress experience, we anticipate these slots will be filled by over 550 individual volunteers, most of whom will come from your organizations. These volunteers will be needed for such assignments as “Congress Concierge” at the event hotels, checking attendees in and out of educational sessions, way finding around the Convention Center, and assisting vendors and visitors on the exposition floor, among other similar assignments. At times there will be as many as 100 volunteers working.
So, why would you volunteer, and how do you sign up?
The main benefits of volunteering are easy:
1. You get a chance to give back to the profession and your peers by serving them at the premier public works event!
2. When you sign up for a half-day volunteer slot you will get free admission to Congress for the other half-day. If your agency can’t afford to register multiple employees, look at this as a way to get them into the event free by volunteering to work for a half-day.
4. This is an opportunity for you to show the pride we have for our great state of Arizona to public works professionals from all over the world!
3. And best of all, think about the stylish volunteer shirt you get to wear on your day of service – and it’s yours to keep. WOW!
How do you volunteer:
APWA National Volunteers sign up, click here to register: http://www.apwa.net/Meetings/Congress/volunteer/Create
Note: The sign-up form is somewhat finicky with respect to browser security settings and browser type. If you do not see a confirmation page several seconds after submitting then retry using a different browser or from a different place (home vs. office). If you plan to have multiple staff volunteer to get them a chance to experience the event, now would be a good time to start scheduling the timing. so everyone isn’t trying to volunteer for the same day. The main days for Congress are Sunday August 30th through Wednesday September 2nd, but we will need some volunteers on Saturday August 29th and Thursday September 3rd as well.
Thank you for supporting APWA!!!
Rebecca Timmer Jeff Kramer
The 2015 Congress Publicity/Exhibit Committee has promoted Congress at various regional conferences since late last year. Members of the committee and/or members of the local/regional associations manned booths, handed out fliers, and answered general questions to build interest and a better understanding of what Congress is all about. Most recently our 2015 Congress promo booth was at the 2015 AZ Water Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. As the start of Congress approaches and there are less conferences to attend, we are focusing our efforts on encouraging local chapter members to attend and/or volunteer. Please read and feel free to distribute the following promotional materials. They are an excellent resource.
Since January, members Arizona Chapter APWA and other industry professionals have written articles that promote Arizona. These articles have been featured in APWA email blasts and the APWA Reporter magazine in an effort to build interest in the 2015 Congress. Click the image below to see the promotional articles that are featured in the August issue of the APWA Reporter. Click here to see past and future issues of the APWA Reporter, http://www.apwa.net/resources/reporter/.
The following story is among others to come in a series that will highlight what various Arizona municipalities are doing to improve infrastructure in their communities.
On April 21, 2015 the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution No. 2015-19 ordering a bond election to be held on November 3, 2015, and approving seven ballot propositions. If voters were to approve all seven propositions, the County would be authorized to sell $815,760,000 in general obligation bonds to fund projects that meet the purposes stated in each proposition. Voters will be able to vote on each proposition separately. A committee of 25 members appointed by each city and town, two Native American tribal governments, the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator held over 100 public meetings seeking input from thousands of citizens over nine years.
How much will my property taxes increase if all seven propositions are approved?
For an owner of a home with the taxable value of $152,511, which is the average value of all owner –occupied residential units in Pima County in 2015, property taxes for County bonds are estimated to increase by $1.46 a month or $17.54 a year the first year that the new bonds are sold. This is based on the current property tax rate of 70 cents per $100 of net taxable value increasing by 11.5 cents to a cap of 81.5 cents per $100 of net taxable value.
How do I know the County will spend the money as the voters intend?
Prior to the 1997 bond election, the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted strict accountability and transparency standards as a new section of County Code, Chapter 3.06, also known as the Truth in Bonding Code. The intent of this part of Pima County’s code is to provide voters with:
Ballot Propositions and Bond Projects
• 520-724-8450 • 130W. Congress, 10th Floor, Tucson AZ 85701
Proposition 425: Road and Highway Improvements
1 Sonoran Corridor Highway $30,000,000
2 Road Repair & Pavement Preservation* $160,000,000
3 Science Park Drive at UA Tech Park $10,000,000
Proposition 426: Economic Development, Libraries and Workforce Training
4 Pima County One Stop Career Center $6,000,000
5 JobPath Program Facility* $1,000,000
6 Innovation/Technology Building, UA Tech Park at The Bridges $20,000,000
7 Oro Valley Business Accelerator $15,000,000
8 South Tucson Retail Tax Base Expansion Redevelopment Project $5,000,000
9 Davis Monthan Air Force Base Land Acquisition Program $5,000,000
10 South 12th Avenue Cultural & Culinary Corridor $3,175,000
11 Sahuarita Branch Library 7,500,000
12 Flowing Wells Branch Library Expansion $3,100,000
13 Joyner-Green Valley Library Expansion $1,000,000
14 Southeast Branch Library $6,000,000
15 Southwest Branch Library Land Acquisition $600,000
16 Southern Arizona Regional Orientation Center $18,000,000
Proposition 427: Tourism Promotion
17 Tucson Children’s Museum $5,000,000
18 Pima Air & Space Museum Cold War Hangar & Exhibits $4,000,000
19 Pima County Fairgrounds Building, RV Park & Infrastructure Improvements $6,500,000
20 Colossal Cave Mountain Park Improvements $3,350,000
21 Old Pima County Courthouse Restoration, January 8th Memorial, Tucson Museum of Art $25,000,000
22 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum-Exhibits & Facility Expansion $9,350,000
23 Canoa Ranch New Museum/Orientation Center & Improvements $10,000,000
24 Reid Park Zoo African Expansion Phase II $8,000,000
25 Downtown Community Theaters & Historic Cultural Landscape $23,500,000
26 Temple of Music & Art $900,000
27 Old Tucson Expansion by Arizona-Sonora Western Heritage Foundation $3,000,000 Total $98,600,000
Proposition 428: Parks and Recreational Facilities
28 Udall Park Expansion $4,000,000
29 Jacobs Park Recreation Center $4,000,000
30 Reid Park Improvements $2,000,000
31 Purple Heart Park Expansion $1,500,000
32 Sentinel Peak - A Mountain Park Improvement Project $1,500,000
33 Urban Greenways City of Tucson* $8,500,000
34 Freedom Center Expansion & Pool Improvements $2,500,000
35 Lincoln Park Improvements $1,500,000
36 Regional Sports Fields & Lighting $12,000,000
37 Oury Pool Renovations $1,500,000
38 Adaptive Recreation Center Expansion $6,000,000
39 Silverlake Park Expansion$2,300,000
40 Kennedy Park Improvements & Expansion $2,500,000
41 Murrieta Park Improvements $5,000,000
42 Jesse Owens Park Development $1,000,000
43 Buffalo Soldiers Memorial $250,000
44 Fort Lowell Park Improvements $2,000,000
45 Marana Cultural & Heritage Park $14,000,000
46 Marana Pool Renovation $3,000,000
47 Rillito Park $1,700,000
48 Flowing Wells Skateboard Park $1,250,000
49 Flowing Wells District Park Expansion $500,000
50 Kory Laos Freestyle Memorial BMX Park $1,300,000
51 Southwest Regional Sports Tournament Complex at Kino Complex $25,000,000
52 Esmond Station Regional Park $6,800,000
53 Canoa Preserve Park $3,250,000
54 Willie Blake Park $350,000
55 Flowing Wells High School Track Improvements $1,000,000
56 Lawrence Hiaki Pathway $500,000
57 Lawrence Park Improvements & Pool $3,500,000
58 Pima County Softball Tournament & Recreation Park at Sports Park $3,200,000
59 Model Airplane Parks $1,000,000
60 River Park Acquisitions & Development Countywide* $10,000,000
61 Kino Sports Complex Repurposing & Expansion $2,300,000
62 County-wide Splash Pad Program $4,200,000
63 Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range Improvements $2,500,000
64 36th Street Natural Resource Park $480,000
65 Agua Caliente Park Pond Restoration $1,000,000
66 Arizona Velodrome Center - Kino Campus $3,500,000
67 Ajo Community Golf Course Improvements $320,000
68 First Tee of Tucson Youth Golf & Life Skills Center at Crooked Tree $800,000
69 Sahuarita Pool & Recreation Complex/YMCA $14,000,000
70 James D. Kriegh Park Upgrades $3,000,000
71 Naranja Park Improvements $10,000,000
72 El Paso & Southwestern Greenway - South Tucson $1,500,000
73 YMCA at the UA Tech Park $6,000,000
74 El Pueblo Center Improvements $2,000,000
75 Quincie Douglas Center Expansion $1,000,000
76 Clements Senior Center Expansion $4,500,000
Proposition 429: Public Health, Welfare, Safety, Neighborhoods and Housing
77 Banner University Medical Center South Campus Expansion $18,000,000
78 Pima County North Clinic Relocation & Expansion $4,000,000
79 MHC Healthcare, Flowing Wells Family Health Center $3,000,000
80 Pima County Office of Medical Examiner Expansion $15,000,000
81 Vail Sheriff Substation $3,000,000
82 Pima County Jail Annex-Juvenile Detention Center Complex $5,000,000
83 Sahuarita Food Bank & Multi-Agency Facility $300,000
84 Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Improvements* $12,000,000
85 Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program* $25,000,000
86 Pima County Affordable Housing Program* $20,000,000 Total $105,300,000
Proposition 430: Natural Area Conservation and Historic Preservation
87 Open Space Acquisition Program* $95,000,000
88 Steam Pump Ranch Rehabilitation $2,000,000
89 Ajo Curley School Gym, Town Plaza & Other Historic Buildings $1,300,000
90 Site Interpretation/Preservation of County Cultural Resource Sites* $2,000,000
91 Historic Ft. Lowell Park Master Plan Implementation $4,000,000
92 Dunbar School Rehabilitation $1,500,000
93 Mission San Xavier East Tower & Façade Restoration $2,500,000
94 Public Natural Park Trailheads $3,750,000
Proposition 431: Flood Control and Drainage
95 El Corazon - Santa Cruz River: Rillito & CDO Confluence $7,000,000
96 Cemetery Wash Drainage Improvements, Tohono O’odham San Xavier District $2,000,000
97 Pascua Yaqui Tribe Regional Drainage Construction. $1,935,000
98 Altar Valley Watershed Restoration Project $1,000,000
99 Floodprone & Riparian Land Acquisition* $5,000,000
TOTAL ALL PROPOSITIONS = $815,760,000
*Project locations are not included on the map. For more detailed information, please visit www.pima.gov/bonds2015
New Member Spotlight
Name and Title: Melody Moss, P.E., Civil Engineer III, City of Phoenix
July 15, 2015 Award Wrap Up
APWA Arizona 2015 Scholarship Winners
APWA NEW MEMBERS