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!
Sincerely, John Hauskins ARIZONA CHAPTER PRESIDENT
AUGUST LUNCHEON = CHAPTER DINNER (Open to All)
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
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.
Below is a sample of events and activities you can expect at this year’s Congress. For more information view the “2015 Congress Preview” below or visit http://www.apwa.net/Congress
WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION COVERING THE MOST CRITICAL CHALLENGES IN PUBLIC WORKS
Funding and Budgeting
New sources for transportation funding
Rate structures for effectiveness in meeting utility objectives
Building support for long-term investment initiatives
Communicating the value of infrastructure investments
Capital Improvement Programs
Career Development and Workforce Solutions
Delivering services with depleted staff
Succession planning for both large and small communities
Restructuring your public works department
Empowering employees to create a safer, more efficient workplace
Performance management systems (PMS)
High performing organization concepts
Generational and demographic diversity
Best practices in pavement management
Pavement rating systems
Smart Technology saving millions in asset management
Developing an infrastructure report card
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Mobile applications and Smartphone technologies
Solid waste conversion technologies
Tracking snowplows in real-time
Automated solid waste and recycling collection
Technologies for communicating and coordinating utility projects
NPDES Phase 2 (MS4) for small cities and rural communities
Creating resilient and sustainable stormwater management systems
Sustainable stormwater management system strategies and best practices
Using trees for stormwater management
Envision"' rating system
Greenroads rating systems
Measure and manage effectiveness of complete streets
Moving to zero waste
Green infrastructure solutions
Set high goals and do the right things
Urban multi-modal corridor for a sustainable future
Effective response in times of emergency
Coordinating efforts of federal, state and local government agencies, consultants and contractors
Organizing agency emergency management efforts
Safety initiatives to manage traffic accidents
Long-term winter maintenance planning
Post-disaster safety evaluation
Disaster debris management
Traffic incident management
Improving bicycle safety
Adaptive traffic control systems
Bicycle network assessment
Transforming urban landscapes
MARCUS LUTTRELL Decorated Navy SEAL and Best-Selling Author of Lone Survivor and Service: A Navy Seal at War
Sunday General Session, August 30, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
Lone Survivor: A Tribute to Courage, Honor, and Patriotism Marcus Luttrell's 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing. In 2014, Luttrell's amazing story made it to the big screen with the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg.
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.
PUBLIC WORKS TECHNOLOGIES PANEL
Monday General Session, August 31, 8 – 9:45 a.m.
Drones, unmanned cars, intelligent transportation systems and a whole slew of new technologies are on the verge of becoming mainstream in our workplace. APWA's 2015 Emerging Leaders Academy will take you on a memorable ride discussing these amazing new cutting-edge technologies that will, within the next few years, change the way public works delivers and maintains infrastructure services and influences the lives and expectations of those that reside in the communities we serve.
DIANA NYAD Long-distance swimmer, sports journalist and broadcaster
Tuesday General Session, September 1, 8 – 9:45 a.m.
Find a Way At the age of 64,in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110- mile swim, from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world: "I have three messages. 1.We should never give up. 2. You are never too old to chase your dreams. 3. It looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team."
In the 1970s, Nyadw as considered the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Among her feats was swimming the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida. In 1978,she made her first attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida, but strong currents forced her off course. In the intervening years between the 1978 and 2010,Nyad became known as a sports broadcaster for various outlets including NPR and ABC's Wide World of Sports.
In 2010, after more than 30 years out of the water, Nyad was scheduled for another attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida, but bad weather forced her to cancel. Not one to quit, she tried again in 2011 and 2012 before she finally completed her historic swim in 2013. This presentation will include Nyad's perspectives about the pursuit of her Xtreme Dream, facing powerful currents, potentially deadly Box Jellyfish stings, lightning storms, and circling sharks. But her ultimate message is about the heart and professionalism of her 35 member Xtreme Dream Team.
Author of three books, Diana Nyad is currently working on a new memoir and was recently a contest and on Dancing with the Stars.
DAM MCMICHOL, PHD Author, Journalist, Speaker
Wednesday General Session, September 2, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Low & Slow Across America: A Road Trip through the Nation's Public Works... in a 1949 Hudson
Dan McNichol is a best-selling author and an award winning journalist. His published books, articles and thought-leadership works, focus on mega construction projects ongoing in the United States and around the world. His focus recently has been on Departments of Public Works and their unsung heroics around patching America's vital infrastructural systems together with anemic funding.
In 2014,McNichol completed a year-long national media tour in a 1949 Hudson advocating for the rebuilding of the nation's infrastructure saying "America's infrastructure is as old, rusty and energy defunct as my original Detroit lead-sled. McNichol's 33-state, 12,000 mile circumnavigation of the United States culminated in a successful statewide ballot initiative to raise billions of dollars for Texas' transportation initiatives. In the spring of 2015, the National Geographic Channel featured McNichol in a 2-hour special film called Driving America.
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.)
SPECIAL EVENTS SELF ASSESSMENT 'WORKSHOP*(Ticketed event – additional fees apply.) Sat., August 29, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Self Assessment Using the Public Works Management Practices Manual -A Tool for Improving Operations and Management.
GOLF TOURNAMENT*(Ticketed event – additional fees apply.) Sat., August 29, 8 a.m. Shotgun Start-4-Person Scramble TPC Stadium Course The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has hosted some of contemporary golfs greatest moments since opening in 1986.The course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf specifically to serve as the stage for the tournament -what's now become the largest spectator golf event in the world. See www.apwa.net/congress for registration details.
FIRST-TIMERS MEETING Sun., August 30, 7 -8:20 a.m. If you've never been to Congress, start here to get the most out of your dollar and time investment.
GET ACQUAINTED PARTY Sun., August 30, 5 -7 p.m. The Arizona Chapter welcomes you to Phoenix and the 2015 APWA Congress with a Taste of the Southwest Party at the Phoenix Convention Center. Come experience Arizona 's rich cultural diversity through a variety of food and entertainment. Get acquainted with each other and all the Southwest has to offer.
APWA BLOOD DRIVE Mon.& Tue., August 31 & September 1 APWA is partnering with United Blood Services. Make plans now to roll up your sleeve and save a life!
CANADIAN PUBLIC 'WORKS ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATION (CPWA) LUNCHEON* (Ticketed event – additional fees apply.) Mon., August 31, Noon -1:30 p.m.
PUBLIC WORKS HISTORICAL SOCIETY (PWHS) LUNCHEON*(Ticketed event – additional fees apply.) Mon., August 31, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Mon., August 31, 5 - 7 p.m.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING RECEPTION Mon., August 31,8 -9:30 p.m. Meet with other young professionals, enjoy great food and drinks and have some fun! Congress registrants age 35 and younger are invited to attend.
5K FUN RUN/WALK Tue., September 1, 7 a.m. Tempe Town Lake Registration opens 7 a.m. and race starts at 7:30 a.m. A course map, transportation details and race information will be made available on the Congress website. Entry Fee:$20/participant-early bird through Aug. 7th S25/participant-after Aug. 7th $10/chi ld (12 & under) early bird through Aug. 7th $15/child (12 & under}-after August 7th
Expo Hours: Sunday, August 30 - Noon -4 p.m. Monday, August 31 - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, September 1 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
400+ EXHIBITORS TECHNOLOGY PAVILLION SUSTAINABILITY PAVILION EXHIBITOR SOLUTIONS THEATER & THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT THEATER NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE BOOTH BIG IDEAS THEATER
The 2015 Exposition is not your typical exposition! Building on the success of the 2014 EXPO EXPERIENCE in Toronto, the 2015 EXPO EXPERIENCE is located in a convenient area on the exhibit floor and promises to bring more opportunities for attendees to learn, discover, and have fun! We'll have prize drawings, connecting areas, cyber stations, happy hour, and more at the EXPO EXPERIENCE! Put this on your calendar to visit daily or make the EXPO EXPERIENCE your central hub for the week.
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!
TECHNOLOGY PAVILION - Learn about all of the newest technologies in public works and participate in "There's an App for That" demos and clinics, located in the 100 thru 500 aisles.
SUSTAINABILITY PAVILION - Sustainability is a practice that permeates every discipline and function of public works. The Sustainability in Public Works Conference gives Congress attendees access to many great sustainability exhibits in the Sustainability Pavilion. Located in the 1700 thru 1900 aisles, make plans to see the latest innovations in sustainable products and services!
EXHIBITOR SOLUTIONS THEATER & THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT THEATER - Exhibitors will demonstrate their products and apps in SO-minute demo sessions around the floor. This is a great opportunity to learn about new products and earn CEUs for your professional development.
NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE BOOTH - The New Product Showcase has been transformed from "posters on a wall" to a "product display booth· featuring dozens of the newest products in public works, the showcase allows you to feel, and experience these great new products and innovations. Be sure to vote for the Best Product!
BIG IDEAS THEATER - Hear your colleagues' great ideas! 10-minute presentations that will reveal new ways to do things, save money, or even change the world!
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 playersand 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:
Preservation of existing mature trees.
Working through existing on-site utilities and conflicts without affecting schedule by use of stacked utilities design.
Evaluation of post-tension slab over existing slab as it related to ADA compliance. It was determined that it would save the City in long-term maintenance costs to demo existing courts and place new post-tension courts at existing grade elevations.
Recycled the concrete by crushing it and reusing it for a construction base.
Recycled the unused asphalt parking lot in favor of a retention basin site enduring a project expense of and additional $120k, which reduced reflective surfaces and heat island effect.
Incorporation of existing services after field inspection deemed original materials were adequate.
Incorporated a storm drain solution to reduce historical ponding of storm water in “Alley-Ways” between courts in order to reduce pre-mature weathering of court surface due to standing water intrusion.
Comply with City’s storm water regulations for retention of first flush storm which translated to water harvesting, micro-climate creation, development of landscaped transitions spaces.
Processing on-site concrete and asphalt and re-using for base course material throughout the site.
SPONSORS Mongollon Rim Sponsor: Ontario Public Works Association
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
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!
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 Dibble Engineering Alliance for Construction Excellence
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.
Pima County 2015 Bond Election
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:
Sufficient descriptions of the projects the County is committing to build, prior to early voting;
Easily accessible information on a regular basis regarding the status of completing such projects; and
Opportunities for the public to provide input on any substantial changes to projects that may become necessary over time. A 2013 audit by the Arizona Auditor General’s office of Pima County’s 1997, 2004 and 2006 general obligation bond programs found that:
Pima County’s bond programs represent a uniquely collaborative effort between the County and its cities, towns and tribes;
The bond funds were used for the purposes the voters authorized; and
The projects benefited citizens throughout Pima County
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 With APWA Since: Last Month
Describe your job responsibilities: I manage the design and construction of multi-million dollar vertical projects for the City of Phoenix What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? Sonoran Boulevard from Cave Creek Road to North Valley Parkway. Where have your travels taken you? Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Ireland, England, Scotland, Barbados, Curacao, Bonaire, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, but I’ve never been to Hawaii…yet! Name one thing not many people know about you: I’m an SSI certified Master Scuba Diver.