Awards

For more than 30 years, the APWA-MN Chapter has sponsored an annual Awards Program that recognizes excellence in public works. In addition, the chapter actively supports the APWA Awards Program with multiple submissions to the annual national awards program.

Learn more about awards and winners in the tabbed section below.

Chapter Awards

Director or Manager of the Year

Bev Farraher, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Bev Farraher, Minnesota Department of Transportation

The APWA-MN Chapter presented  Bev Farraher, Minnesota Department of Transportation, with the 2013 Director of the Year Award at the APWA-MN Chapter 2013 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Supervisor of the Year

Jeff Streeter, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Jeff Streeter, Minnesota Department of Transportation

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Jeff Streeter, Minnesota Department of Transportation, with the 2013 Supervisor of the Year Award at the 2013 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Superintendent of the Year

Scott Newberger, City of Plymouth
Scott Newberger, City of Plymouth

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Scott Newberger, City of Plymouth, with the 2013 Superintendent of the Year Award at the 2013 Fall Conference.

The APWA-MN Chapter developed the Personnel Awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals at all levels within public works agencies. Awards are presented in the following public works employee categories: director/manager, superintendent, supervisor, and maintenance worker.

In addition to presenting the award to the individual at the annual APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference, committee members have initiated a new policy of public recognition at local City Council and/or governing board meetings, as well as through press releases sent to the local newspapers. This process not only provides greater recognition to outstanding public works employees, but also provides greater recognition to the public works profession as a whole. 

The Awards Committee has established the following criteria for selection of these individuals:

  • Innovative applications of new or existing technologies and equipment.
  • Innovative applications of new or existing project management and service delivery systems.
  • Outstanding service to citizens that enhances the public perception of public works services.
  • Outstanding efforts in career and personal growth and development.
  • Outstanding efforts in development of teamwork and cooperative working relationships.

Hugo G. Erickson Award

Jim Grube
Jim Grube

Hennepin County

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Jim Grube, Hennepin County, with the 2013 Hugo G. Erickson Award at the 2013 Fall Conference.

This award is presented to an individual who has provided years of superior service to the chapter, as well as assisted in furthering the chapter’s successful operation and goals.

Project of the Year

City of River Falls, Wisc., Cascade Avenue Reconstruction Project
City of River Falls, Wisc., Cascade Avenue Reconstruction Project

The APWA-MN Chapter presented the City of River Falls, Wisconsin, with the 2013 Project of the Year Award for its Cascade Avenue Reconstruction Project at the 2013 Fall Conference.

Projects that receive the APWA-MN Project of the Year Award typically involve innovative project management, financing, and multi-agency participation and provide future value to the public works profession and perception by the public.  They also take social, economic, and sustainable design considerations into account.

Rather than reconstructing the Cascade Avenue into a configuration similar to the existing conditions, leaders from the City of River Falls, University of River Falls Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation embarked on a combined effort to identify and address problems and concerns associated with the original configuration. Plans were developed for a new roadway that would better serve the wide range of stakeholders.  

To learn more, view the Cascade Avenue Reconstruction Project Video.

Accepting the award on behalf of River Falls, whose project team included Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) and Haas Sons Inc., was Reid Wronski, River Falls director of public works and city engineer. 

Project of the Year

Lowry Avenue Bridge Project, Hennepin County
Lowry Avenue Bridge Project, Hennepin County
The APWA-MN Chapter presented Hennepin County with the 2013 Project of the Year Award for its Lowry Avenue Bridge Project at the 2013 Fall Conference.
 
Projects that receive the APWA-MN Project of the Year Award typically involve innovative project management, financing, and multi-agency participation and provide future value to the public works profession and perception by the public.  They also take social, economic, and sustainable design considerations into account.
 
After continued deterioration, the bridge was permanently closed in 2008. Bridge replacement was the preferred solution and construction was completed in 2012, featuring a steel tied arch basket-handle main span configuration; the only one of its kind in the state of Minnesota. The design reduced the number of piers in the river and integrates a non-salt roadway anti-icing system, LED lighting and unique stormwater filtration systems.

The Lowry Avenue Bridge Project team included Hennepin CountySRF Consulting GroupT.Y. Lin International, and Lunda Construction Company. Accepting the award were Craig Twinem and Paul Backerfrom Hennepin County, as well as Nathen Will from SRF.

National Awards

PACE (Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence) Award

APWA-MN Chapter

Recognized for contributions made to positively impact their membership, profession, and community. This award recognizes chapters that demonstrate this accomplishment in a given year.

Pictured left to right: Jeannine Clancy (APWA-MN Past President), Edward Gottko (APWA President), Angela Popenhagen (APWA-MN Delegate), John Rodeberg (APWA-MN Vice President), Richard McCoy (Robbinsdale)

Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year Award

Tom Montgomery, City of Hastings

Tom Montgomery, Public Works Director for the City of Hastings, received APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year award. Tom received his award from APWA-MN APWA Region VI Director Larry Stevens at the APWA-MN Chapter Spring Conference

Tom Montgomery, Public Works Director for the City of Hastings received APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year Award

Tom has a distinguished 35-year career in public works starting with the Army Corp of Engineers. Since 1984, he has served the City of Hastings. Tom has shown a strong commitment to the advancement of others, internally and externally -- serving on the Minnesota Chapter’s Education & Training Committeesince 2003 and working with a multitude of committees, including the Chapter’s Leadership Academy,Underground Utility Construction Inspectors School, and Public Works Certificate Program

Tom has been very active in APWA-MN, having served as a committee chair, director, secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president. Tom literally is one of the faces of public works in Minnesota and is highly deserving of this award. Congratulations, Tom!

Project of the Year Award (Historic Renovation > $75 million)

Ramsey County

APWA presented Ramsey County with the Project of the Year Award (Historic Renovation > $75 million) during the 2013 APWA Congress in Chicago. The award recognizes Ramsey County’s Union Station project in downtown St. Paul.

Learn more about the project in the July 2013 issue of the APWA Reporter (pdf)

Pictured left to right: Edward Gottko (APWA President), Tim Mayasich (Ramsey County), Michael Bjornberg (HGA) 

Exceptional Performance Award (Adversity)

City of Duluth

APWA presented the City of Duluth with an Exceptional Performance Award in the Category of Diversity during the 2013 APWA Congress in Chicago. The city was recognized for its outstanding response to the 2012 500-year storm event, which caused an estimated $57 million in damage to public and private infrastructure within the city.

Pictured left to right: Edward Gottko (APWA President), Cindy Voigt (Duluth)

Sustainability Practices Award

City of Maplewood

APWA presented the Sustainability Practices Award to the City of Maplewood during the 2013 APWA Congress in Chicago. The award recognizes individuals, teams, or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works. Sustainability is accomplished by the efficient delivery of infrastructure in an environmentally and socially responsible way that ensures the best choice in the long term.

Pictured left to right: Edward Gottko (APWA President), Michael Thompson (Maplewood)

Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence

Klayton Eckles, City of Woodbury

APWA presented Klayton Eckles, City of Woodbury, with the Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence during the 2013 APWA Congress in Chicago. The award recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievements in the environmental field.

Pictured left to right: Edward Gottko (APWA President), Klayton Eckles (Woodbury)

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