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

Mike Eastling, City of Richfield
Mike Eastling, City of Richfield
The APWA-MN Chapter presented  Mike Eastling, City of Richfield, with the 2014 Director of the Year Award at the APWA-MN Chapter 2014 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

Larry Cooper, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Larry Cooper, Minnesota Department of Transportation
The APWA-MN Chapter presented Larry Cooper, Minnesota Department of Transportation, with the 2014 Supervisor of the Year Award at the 2014 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

John Harlow, City of Brooklyn Center
John Harlow, City of Brooklyn Center
The APWA-MN Chapter presented John Harlow, City of Brooklyn Center, with the 2014 Superintendent of the Year Award at the 2014 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

Amy Grothaus
Amy Grothaus

Braun Intertec

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Amy Grothaus, Braun Intertec, with the 2014 Hugo G. Erickson Award at the 2014 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.

Hugo G. Erickson Award

Mark Hansen
Mark Hansen

City of Coon Rapids

The APWA-MN Chapter presented Mark Hansen, City of Coon Rapids, with the 2014 Hugo G. Erickson Award at the 2014 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

Cedar Grove Redevelopment Project, City of Eagan
Cedar Grove Redevelopment Project, City of Eagan

The APWA-MN Chapter presented the City of Eagan with the 2014 Project of the Year Award for its Cedar Grove Redevelopment Project at the 2014 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.

Accepting the award on behalf of the city, whose project team included Bolton & Menk, Inc.Northwest Asphalt and Enebak, was Russ Matthys, Public Works Director, City of Eagan. Nearly 16 years in the works, the project successfully reinvigorated the 65-acre area, requiring a complete and massive redesign of the area’s streets and utilities to accommodate the needs of a highly attractive, game-changing retail development. 

Environmental Stewardship Award

Scott County, City of Prior Lake, and Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Scott County, City of Prior Lake, and Bolton & Menk, Inc.

The APWA-MN Chapter presented the Scott County, City of Prior Lake, and Bolton & Menk, Inc., with the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award at the APWA-MN Chapter 2014 Fall Conference for their work on the CSAH 12 Improvements Project.

The design significantly improved the quality of surrounding waterways and had a positive impact on multiple facets of the community and natural environment.

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes those in the field of public works who are working hard to protect the environment. 

  • Criteria for the award include: 
  • A sustained effort that demonstrates a commitment by a group, individual or organization to environmental conservation or protection.
  • Benefits to the community and to the environment.
  • Consideration of Public Works values, including cost effectiveness and long-term operation and maintenance.

National Awards

PACE (Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence)

APWA-MN Chapter

The APWA-MN Chapter received the PACE Award during the 2014 Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes contributions made to positively impact their membership, profession, and community in a given year. For more information, download the APWA-MN Chapter 2014 PACE Award Submittal (pdf).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: John Rodeberg, APWA-MN President; Angela Popenhagen, APWA-MN Delegate; Larry Stevens, APWA; Sue Mason, APWA-MN Secretary/Treasurer; Bob Cockriel, APWA-MN Vice President; Lee Gustafson, APWA-MN Past President/Deputy Treasurer.

Harry S. Swearingen Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement and Excellence in Chapter Service (Individual)

Lee Gustafson, City of Minnetonka

APWA presented Lee Gustafson, City of Minnetonka, with the Harry S. Swearingen Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement and Excellence in Chapter Service during the 2014 Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes outstanding individual achievement through chapter activity and achievement in support of APWA’s strategic plan, goals and objectives, as well as outstanding service to APWA as a public or private sector member at the chapter level. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Lee Gustafson, City of Minnetonka.

Harry S. Swearingen Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement and Excellence in Chapter Service (Corporate)

SEH, Inc.

APWA presented SEH, Inc. with the Harry S. Swearingen Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement and Excellence in Chapter Service during the 2014 Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes outstanding individual achievement through chapter activity and achievement in support of APWA’s strategic plan, goals and objectives, as well as outstanding service to APWA as a public or private sector member at the chapter level. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured left to right: John Rodeberg, SEH; Larry Stevens, APWA; Sue Mason, SEH; Paul Pasko, SEH.

Professional Manager of the Year, Water Resources

Randy Neprash, Stantec Consulting

APWA presented Randy Neprash, Stantec Consulting, with The Professional Manager of the Year Award in the Water Resources category during the 2014 Congress in Toronto. The award seeks to inspire excellence and dedication by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of water resources professionals.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Randy Neprash, Stantec Consulting.

Public Works Project of the Year, Emergency Construction: $5-$25 Million

St. Louis County

APWA presented St. Louis County with the Project of the Year Award (Emergency Construction: $5-$25 million) during the 2014 APWA Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes the Haines Road Reconstruction Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Steve Krasaway, St Louis County.

Public Works Project of the Year, Transportation: $5-$25 Million

Metropolitan Airports Commission, CS McCrossan, & Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

APWA presented Metropolitan Airports Commission, CS McCrossan, & Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. with the Project of the Year Award (Transportation: $5-$25 million) during the 2014 APWA Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes the Diverging Diamond Interchange Project.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Bridget Rief, MAC; Brandon Bourdon; Kimley-Horn.

Public Works Project of the Year, Transportation: <$5 Million

City of River Falls, Haas Sons, Inc., & SEH, Inc.

APWA presented the City of River Falls, Haas Sons, Inc., and SEH, Inc. with the Public Works Project of the Year Award (Transportation: <$5 Million) during the 2014 Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes the Cascade Avenue Reconstruction Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Reid Wronski, City of River Falls; Dave Simons, SEH.

Diversity Exemplary Practices Award

Bolton & Menk, Inc.

APWA presented Bolton & Menk, Inc., with the Diversity Exemplary Practices Award iduring the 2014 Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes the Latino Engineering and Academic Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Exceptional Performance Award, Journalism

WSB & Associates

APWA presented WSB & Associates with the Exceptional Performance Award, Journalism, during the 2014 APWA Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes the Municiapl Engineering Resource Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Jay Kennedy, WSB & Associates.

Technical Innovation Award

City of Minneapolis

APWA presented the City of Minneapolis with the Technical Innovation Award, Journalism, during the 2014 APWA Congress in Toronto. The award recognizes the city's Ped Amp App.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured, left to right: Larry Stevens, APWA; Jon Wertjes, City of Minneapolis.

Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award

City of Bloomington

APWA presented the City of Bloomington with the Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award during the Snow and Ice Conference. 

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