The Redmond Municipal Airport Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation Project was recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Chapter. The project received a Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Transportation category for projects $5M to less than $25M. Century West provided project management, design and engineering services for the complex $18M runway rehabilitation project. The judges were impressed with the team’s approach to closing a regional commercial airport for 21 days and the ability to use the airport closure for activities such as a large-scale active shooter training for law enforcement.
Century West Project Manager Tom Headley, PE, LEED AP; Greg Reince, EIT; and VP, BD and Marketing Matt MacRostie, PE were at the event to accept the award.
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From left to right: Delora Kerber (APWA OR President); Matt MacRostie (Century West VP, BD & Marketing); Greg Reince (Century West EIT); Robert Gibbons (Knife River Project Manager); Tom Headley (Century West Project Manager); Mayor George Endicott (City of Redmond); Chris Doan (Knife River General Manager); Jill Marilley (Region IX Director); Ron Calkins (National APWA President)
The City of Airway Heights has received recognition from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council for Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure. The award, in the Solid/Wastewater category, was presented for the Airway Heights Water Reclamation Project designed and administered through construction by Century West Engineering.
Opened on May 17, the $44.6 million plant is the first of its kind in the region to treat wastewater to Class A-plus Water Reclamation and Reuse Standards, providing an innovative, sustainable solution to help meet the region’s growing water needs. About 700,000 gallons of wastewater that previously was diverted to and treated by the City of Spokane’s water reclamation facility and discharged into the Spokane River, which is on the 303(d) list as an impaired water body, each day will now be redirected to the new plant where it is treated and percolated through the soil column to recharge the declining West Plains aquifer.
The plant is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by both the City and Century West, and it’s one of the first in Washington to be built using federal stimulus money.
The City of Tekoa has received recognition from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council for Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure. The award, in the Drinking Water category, was presented for the Tekoa Water System Rehabilitation Project which Century West Engineering designed and is currently providing contract administration for during construction.
Century West was hired to prepare a Small Water System Management Program that identified several deficiencies in the City of Tekoa’s very old and patched together water system. The Program recommended upgrades to the system that would reduce water loss and improve flows and pressures. The recommended improvements were estimated to cost $5.7 million. With assistance from Century West, the City began evaluating funding options and applying to agencies for grant and loan packages to complete the needed improvements.
In all, the City used a funding strategy that combined 4 funding sources to complete the project. The City contributed nearly $125,000, CDBG contributed $993,000, USDA-RD contributed $4.1 million, and TIB contributed $508,000 to complete these much needed improvements to the City water system and streets. The project replaced more than 30,000 lf of aging water main within the City and significantly improved the performance and operation of the City’s water system. The City’s failing reservoir has been rehabilitated and the City’s main drinking supply production well has been replaced with a new screened well and pump. To cost effectively leverage funding opportunities, Century West assisted the City in applying to the Transportation Improvement Board to provide grant funds to reconstruct Henkle Street concurrent with the water system improvements. As a result of the application, the City received a grant from TIB to reconstruct Henkle Street as part of the project, improving one of the City’s main arterials that was in need of repair and stormwater management.
The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has selected the 2013 Big Chainring Award recipients.
Paul Bertanga, Public Works Director with City of Sisters, is one of several Central Oregon recipients to be recognized on June 24 for their contributions to pedestrian and bicycle friendly environments in Deschutes County.
Paul’s recognition, the Big Chainring Award for a Project, is for being the driving force behind the planning, design, and construction of the Santiam Multi Use Path, a 2000 foot long bicycle and pedestrian hard surface path connecting Sisters’ downtown and residential areas to the City’s major shopping center on the west side of town. This roadway-separated path provides a comfortable and safe route for residents and visitors to Sisters. This project is an excellent example of the effectiveness, usefulness, and safety of a wide hard surface path separated from the highway. The path has received outstanding response from the community and it would not have happened without Mr. Bertagna’s efforts.
Since 1996, the Big Chainring Awards have been awarded annually to honor individuals, businesses, and public agencies that have made significant contributions in support of better bicycling and walking in Central Oregon.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) recently bestowed their coveted Julian Prize for Sustainability for Public Works on the Port of Portland for installing 35 acres of environmentally-friendly “porous” asphalt at one of the Port’s auto-import facilities. While rain runs off most asphalt, porous asphalt allows stormwater to leak through the surface and recharge the ground water in a more environmentally friendly way. The Port also installed a system of swales and natural vegetation to handle heavy rain. The project was a model of environmental stewardship and smart business, which balanced benefits to the community, the economy, and the environment. Benefits from incorporating porous asphalt include:
- 100 percent on-site stormwater management
- Shortened design, construction and permitting process
- Lower annual operating costs, maintenance costs, and reduced stormwater fees
- Improved stormwater quality, with groundwater recharge
- Reduced impact on “storm surge” in adjacent waterways
- In warm weather, allows stormwater to cool before entering the river
- $250,000 in cost savings from reduced permitting requirements and the fact that no stormwater system was necessary
The Port added porous asphalt to the AWC auto import facility at Terminal 6. AWC handles importing operations for Hyundai autos. The Oregon APWA Chapter includes more than 650 professional engineers, technicians, and others who join together to exchange ideas and information, promote education and training, and work as a team to meet professional and community needs. The Oregon Chapter awarded three Julian prizes in 2007. Partners in the porous asphalt project included Auto Warehousing Company, Century West Engineering, a leading NW consulting firm in sustainable design; GreenWorks, a Portland based landscape architecture firm with a sustainable design focus; and Cahill Associates, a nationally recognized stormwater management design firm.