Wisconsin's 2020 APWA National Award Winners ....

Several Wisconsin individuals and communities have been selected for recognition as winners of the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2020 awards program. 

They include:

2020 APWA Public Fleet Hall of Fame Inductee

Jeffrey Tews, Fleet Services Manager, City of Milwaukee, WI

Honorees are recognized industry leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the public fleet profession. To be eligible, they must have at least 20 years of experience in the industry, including 10 working for a public fleet or a private company contracted to manage a public fleet. Congratulations, Jeffrey, on this well-deserved recognition of your 42 years of City of Milwaukee fleet service and management!

2020 Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award

Mary Jo Lange, Director of Public Works, City of Cudahy, WI

The APWA Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works snow and ice operations. To promote the best practices in snow and ice removal while minimizing environmental impacts. Congratulations, Mary Jo and the City of Cudahy DPW Staff!

APWA 2020 Project of the Year Award Winners

Emergency Infrastructure Upgrades – Waite Circle Culvert Improvements, City of Madison

(Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair <$5 million)
Caroline Burger, City of Madison
Kollin Reinhardt, R.G. Huston Company
Mike Wegner, Brown and Caldwell

In August of 2018 the west side of Madison, Wisconsin was hit with over 10-inches of rain in a 12-hour period. For reference, NOAA Atlas 14 statistics show the 12-hour 1,000-year recurrence interval storm at 8.92 inches. Clearly this rain event was “off the charts.” In 2019, the City moved from emergency response and repair, to widespread citizen information / education campaigns, comprehensive and detailed watershed monitoring and modeling, and immediate infrastructure upgrades. In early 2019, Brown and Caldwell (BC) was hired to perform a comprehensive watershed study for the Wingra West Watershed. During the initial modeling it was quickly determined that Waite Circle was an enclosed depression with a restriction that ultimately drains the 1,385 acre upstream area. 

A holistic watershed analysis of the Wingra West watershed was started in March 2019. Although the watershed modeling efforts to identify an optimal culvert opening had not been completed, the City agreed that culvert improvements were needed immediately due to the vulnerability of the residents for another major flood event. In June of 2019, the City’s consultant began the design and prepare bid documents for the upgraded culvert in conjunction with the overall watershed study they were currently working on. The schedule called for bidding in late August, to allow culvert reconstruction in the fall of 2019.

Wisconsin Rapids West Side Pumping Station and Force Main Replacement, City of Wisconsin Rapids

(Small Cities/Rural Communities Environmental category)
Joe Terry, City of Wisconsin Rapids
Charlie Storing, A-1 Excavating
Patrick Rank, Strand Associates, Inc.

In 1970, the City constructed a new WWTP on the east side of the city to replace the existing west side facility, built in 1940. Then in 1973, the west side facility was converted to a pumping station and a new force main was constructed under the Wisconsin River to convey wastewater from the west side to the east side WWTP. This force main consisted of approximately 2,650 lineal feet of prestressed, lock-joint, 20-inch concrete cylindrical pipe, extending from the station and under the river to the east side riverbank, and then 2,580 lineal feet of 20-inch ductile iron (DI) pipe to the treatment facility. Cathodic protection was installed to protect the river crossing pipe against corrosion.

In 2017, when the cathodic pipe protection system indicated a potential failure, the City was compelled to act. Without a redundant pipe system or auxiliary piping to be used to convey the wastewater to the east side, and with potential environmental impacts to the Wisconsin River looming should a failure occur, the City acted to replace the force main earlier than planned. The finalized facilities plan called for upgrading the west side pumping station in 2018 and replacing the force main in 2019. When the cathodic protection system sounded alarm, however, the City decided to bid both projects in late 2017 for construction in 2018.

City of Eau Claire City Hall, City of Eau Claire

(Small Cities/Rural Communities Historical Restoration/ Preservation category)
Dave Solberg, City of Eau Claire
Dan Market, Market & Johnson
Rose McIntyre, JLG Architects

The City of Eau Claire’s City Hall is a combination of two historic buildings joined by an annex. In the 1970’s the buildings were renovated with the standards of the time, focusing on energy efficiency standards. The interiors of the buildings were constructed with no regard to historical preservation and focused on reducing the volume of the office space that needed heat and ventilation to become energy efficient. The buildings began to deteriorate behind the 1970’s remodeling to the point that windows leaked, the roof leaked, a basement wall began to collapse, and the physical structures needed to be urgently renovated to meet business and public needs.

The renovation of the City of Eau Claire’s City Hall began with two simple questions presented to the Eau Claire City Council at the time. The first question was whether or not City Hall belonged, and should remain, in downtown. The second question was if City Hall remained downtown, should the existing City Hall buildings, which are approaching a state of disrepair while also being on the National Register of Historic Places, be renovated to preserve their key history and provide modern office space the community expects. The answer to both questions was overwhelmingly “Yes”.

With the commitment to make the best use of existing, historic buildings the project began with a facility needs assessment and condition report. The goal was simple, restore and waterproof the building envelope, place staff and departments within the buildings at locations that will serve business operations and the public best, and renovate the interior of the building to maximize the historical restoration while providing modern, efficient office space.


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