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May 26, 2020

New Member Spotlight!
Name: Adam Pawelk
Age: 38
Employed with: Hansen Thorp Pellinen Olson, Inc.
Number of years employed with current organization: 14
Past employment: Intern at the City of Chanhassen
Years active in APWA/MN Chapter: 0
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Originally from: New Germany, MN
Family: I am single but I do get to spend a lot of time with my parents and my four brothers and their families, including two nephews and a niece.
Most challenging Public Works project you have been involved with: The most challenging project that comes to mind was a watermain rehabilitation project located in the City of Minnetonka. I served as the project engineer and lead designer for this project which included developing three different design alternatives for replacing/rehabbing 3,200 feet of 8” watermain directly impacting 19 residents. The three alternates were open cut, cured-in-place pipe, and pipe bursting. Ultimately, pipe bursting was selected. The project also included rehabbing 450 feet of 8” sanitary sewer with a cured-in-place liner as well as improvements to the existing storm sewer. Additionally, the project included designing a variable width trail which posed various challenges due to the narrow corridor as well as attempting to minimize impacts to the existing site features, including retaining walls, trees, and wetlands.      
Most enjoyable Public Works project you have been involved with: I have to say that my most challenging project was also my most enjoyable project. One of the reasons I became an engineer is because I enjoy problem-solving and developing workable solutions.  
Favorite Movie: Tombstone
Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Tim McGraw
Favorite Restaurant: Luce Line Lodge located in Watertown
Favorite Vacation you’ve been on: Washington, D.C.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities: I like to work on projects around my house, and I also enjoy watching Minnesota’s professional sports teams. I am currently serving on my church council as well as the City of Watertown Council.
At some point in my life I would most like to: Own a boat
Is there something about you that we would find surprising (e.g., are you a pilot, do you volunteer as a flow, are you a master gardener, etc.)? No, probably not.
Words of wisdom to share with the membership: Always continue to learn new things and be open to change.

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