Lake Havasu City Wastewater System Expansion Program Further Honored By The American Public Works Association's Arizona Chapter
The Lake Havasu City Wastewater System Expansion Program continues to earn industry awards, this time winning the American Public Works Association (APWA) Arizona Chapter’s Public Works Project of the Year Award (environmental category, projects more than $75M) and the Chapter Sustainability Award. On August 7, 2012, Atkins’ Carmen Kasner, PE, and Kevin Murphy, PE, who both played a significant role in executing the project, were recognized at an awards ceremony held during the 2012 APWA/Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Statewide Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kasner was Atkins’ project manager for the wastewater system expansion program. Murphy, who serves in public involvement and technical advisory roles for Atkins, was the city’s previous Public Works Director and has been involved in the program since its inception.
According to APWA, the Public Works Project of the Year Award promotes excellence in public works project management and administration by recognizing the important collaboration between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor.
New this year, the Chapter Sustainability Award recognizes projects that best meet the national APWA Center for Sustainability’s “12 Principles of Sustainability.”
Atkins provided engineering and construction management services in the program’s final sewer areas: the Mockingbird, Trotwood, and Chemehuevi neighborhoods in the southeastern section of the city. Atkins’ portion of the program involved the largest amount of construction the city has seen in a year. In all, the ten-year program constructed hundreds of miles of new sewer lines, added 4.6 million gallons per day capacity and other upgrades to the wastewater treatment plants, and promoted community water conservation efforts.
The Lake Havasu City wastewater system expansion helps protect the community’s groundwater by closing more than 20,000 septic tanks and connecting residents to a new community sewer system. Substantially completed in November 2011, the program was finished two years ahead of schedule, and the final cost of $348M was more than $100M under budget.
On May 2, 2012, the Lake Havasu City Wastewater System Expansion Program also won the Arizona Water Association’s Project of the Year Award.
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