Celebrating APWA’s 2021 Public Works Projects of the Year Winners

2021 Public Works Projects of the Year.

By Scott Grayson

Each year, the American Public Works Association (APWA) presents the Public Works Projects of the Year Awards in an effort to promote excellence in the management, administration, and implementation of public works projects. In addition to honoring these public works agencies’ projects, APWA also recognizes the alliances between the managing agency, contractors, consultants, and their cooperative achievements. The 2021 award winners were officially announced in the July issue of APWA’s Reporter magazine.

During non-Covid years, each of the Project of the Year Award winners are recognized onstage at the highly-attended PWX Awards Ceremony. Due to local mask mandates and social distancing efforts, the 2021 Awards Ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri was cancelled. Award winners were instead featured during virtual recognition events that were recorded and posted on the APWA website. Onsite at PWX 2021, the winners were celebrated on a large-scale Awards wall at the America’s Center and were able to gather for photo opportunities with APWA Past President Mary Joyce Ivers.

APWA is proud to recognize these important infrastructure projects on an annual basis that are planned, designed, and constructed to benefit all of the people in their communities. Public works projects are even more important during this time, as communities face the difficulties of establishing a new normal in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These awards not only celebrate the individual projects, but also the public works professionals and APWA members who work on them and are willing to go above and beyond to ensure that their efforts are serving their communities to the highest degree possible. The awards also provide APWA with an opportunity to share our member success stories with the public and encourage them to help support and applaud these critical projects and their impacts.

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year Awards are given in four divisions and five categories. The divisions are: 1. Projects less than $5 million; 2. Projects of $5 million, but less than $25 million; 3. Projects of $25 million to $75 million; and 4. Projects of more than $75 million. The categories are: 1. Structures; 2. Transportation; 3. Environment; 4. Historical Restoration/Preservation; and 5. Disaster or Emergency Construction Repair. Public Works Projects of the Year for the Small Cities/Rural Communities are also awarded to those cities or counties with a population of 75,000 or less and in the same categories.

The winners of the 2021 Public Works Projects of the Year Award are:

Disaster or Emergency Construction/ Repair
$5 million: Brent Spence Bridge Repair (Covington, KY & Cincinnati, OH)
$5 million but less than $25 million: Woodbury’s PFAS Temporary Water Treatment Plant (Woodbury, MN)
$25 million–$75 million: CDBG-DR Green Area (Joplin, MO)

Environment
$5 million: Pringle Creek Demolition & Stream Restoration (Salem, OR)
$5 million but less than $25 million: Central Industrial District Green Infrastructure (Kansas City, MO)
$25 million–$75 million: Joliet’s Collaborative Approach to CSOs (Joliet, IL)
$75 million: Globeville Landing Outfall (City & County of Denver, CO)

Historical Restoration/Preservation
$5 million: Pleasant Avenue Reconstruction (Sturgis, MI)
$5 million but less than $25 million: Mental Health Services Center Renovation (Berkeley, CA)
$75 million: Wyoming Capital Square Project (Cheyenne, WY)

Structures
$5 million: Kingsport Miracle Field (Kingsport, TN)
$5 million but less than $25 million: Dublin Public Safety Complex (Dublin, CA)
$25 million–$75 million: Robert Crown Community Center & Library (Evanston, IL)
$75 million: Lake Forest Civic Center (Lake Forest, CA)

Transportation
$5 million: Kronberg Park Multi-Use Walkway (Milwaukie, OR)
$5 million but less than $25 million: University District Gateway Bridge (Spokane, WA)
$25 million–$75 million: Turner Diagonal Interchange (Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS)
$75 million: 85/385 Gateway Project (Greenville, SC)

Small Cities/Rural Communities Projects of the Year
Disaster/Emergency: Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Phases 2 & 3 (Minot, ND)
Environment: Montpelier Water Resource Recovery Facility (Montpelier, VT)
Structures: Iowa City Public Works Facility – Phase 1 (Iowa City, IA)
Transportation: Uptown Sedona Roadway Improvements (Sedona, AZ)


Scott Grayson serves as CEO for both the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA).

More information about each project can be found on APWA’s website at https://www.apwa.net/MYAPWA/Inside_APWA.aspx?articleId=7946.

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