APWA AZ Newsletter 2016 August
In this issue
2016 Newsletter Sponsors
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
August 10, 2016
Prescott Valley Group Luncheon
StoneRidge Country Club
September 21, 2016
September 21, 2016
August has arrived!! June and July, our hottest months, are finally past us now. Summer is nearly over, and those of us who have lived in Arizona for a while, wait patiently for mid-September knowing the rest of the year of great weather is on its way. Just a thought to hold you over for a few more weeks.
August is also a special month for APWA, this is the month we celebrate our annual Statewide and National conferences. (National PWX is August 28 - 31 in Minnesota) Our annual conference is the time to gather together and catch up with what is new in our industry, meet with friends, especially those we don’t see often, and celebrate our accomplishments. Besides talking about the business of public works, it is a time to celebrate our peers through the presentation of awards, enjoying dinner and drinks, and laughing and learning a bit more about one another. The best part about what we do is the relationships we make. These relationships are long lasting and the real value in what we accomplish.
For our Feature Article in this issue, we will spotlight some upcoming highlights of the statewide conference, the program; speakers; fun events, and more. The conference dates are Wed, August 10 thru Friday August 12 at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson. If you are not yet registered, please consider attending, even for just one day. You won’t want to miss this one.
On-line registration is open until August 10 at https://azapwa2016conference.com/registrationfees/
2016 Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference Coming Soon
The 2016 Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference is just weeks away. It will be held August 10-12, 2016 at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona. This year will be an exciting mix of education, networking, and fun. Please join us as we celebrate APWA Arizona.
Below are a few of the highlights:
Operations Focused Sessions (look for this symbol on the program )
Registration includes all meals and events and is open until August 10, 2016 at https://azapwa2016conference.com/registrationfees/.
We hope to see you there!
2016 Arizona Statewide Conference
AWARDS LUNCHEON SPONSORS
PUBLIC AGENCY SPONSORS
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Name and Title: Marsha Miller, President of ReachOUT Communications
With APWA Since: May 2016
Describe your job responsibilities: Certified as a public participation specialist by the International Association for Public Participation, I offer 21 years of experience in public involvement, outreach, and information, marketing strategy, building presentations for public audiences, design of communication materials, and online and video strategy creation. My strength is being the liaison between an agency and affected constituents, establishing an important connection to gain understanding, patience, solutions, and acceptance for transportation, water/wastewater, parks, transit, and utility projects.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? MCDOT conducted an archaeological investigation at the Pozos de Sonoqui Hohokam site along the Riggs Road alignment. Along with the team, I helped prepare a video of the history of the Hohokam, and held a dignitary and public event with a site tour of the excavations. It was a very educational and fun project!
Where have your travels taken you?: I’ve traveled to Canada, England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Argentina, and looking forward to New Zealand in 2016.
Name one thing not many people know about you: One summer during college at NAU, while working as a camp counselor at the ORME School and Camp, I rode in the Prescott Grand Entry Parade for the Fourth of July Rodeo.
APWA NEW MEMBERS
Horse Mesa Dam Rock Debris Talus Stabilization for Salt River Project
Submitted by Jeanne Sapon, DBA Construction
The Horse Mesa Dam Rock Debris Talus Stabilization project required stabilization of a large, migrating rock-fall debris talus deposit located in extremely remote terrain at Salt River Project’s Horse Mesa Dam. This emergency action of stabilizing the deposit was required to establish and maintain safe and reliable access to the dam and eliminate constant road clearing maintenance costs. The deposit was approximately 200-feet wide across the bottom and over 100-feet high, existing at a near equilibrium slope of ±1:1.
Controlling the Natural Process with Scaling, Slope Protection, and Slope Excavation innovations are what ultimately allowed the construction of the project. A combination of each of these ideas and completing the project one tight section at a time provided SRP with an excellent solution to the slope/rock-fall problems and addressed their budget concerns without sacrificing safety or quality.
Ultimately, the project was completed a week ahead of the original schedule, met SRP’s extremely tight budget, and resulted in project completion with zero accidents and zero quality issues.