Aug 17, 2016

2016 Professional and Members Awards winners

Click the name of award for photos and information about 2016 winners.

Award for Excellence in Snow and Ice Control
Recognizes excellence in the management and administration of public works snow and ice operations, and promotes best practices in snow and ice removal while minimizing environmental impacts.
Winners:  City of Longmont, Colorado - Public Works & Natural Resources AND Town of Orangetown, New York Highway Department AND Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois Public Works Department

Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works
Recognizes a nonmember of APWA who is an eminent government or other public service leader for their far-reaching, positive impact on local, state or national public works programs, services, or policies.
Winner:  Kevin Western, State Bridge Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Oakdale, Minnesota

Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence
Recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievement in the environmental fields in its broadest sense. This may include, but is not limited to, street sanitation; refuse collection, disposal and recycling; sewers and sewage treatment; and water supply and water treatment.
Winner: Daniel Nix, Utilities Operations Manager, City of Wichita Falls, Texas

Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education
Recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievement of individuals assi=sting in the areas of continuing and graduate professional education for public works professionals, as well as chapters in their work in delivering  educational opportunities for all levels of persons engaged in the delivery of public works services.
Winner:  New England Chapter

Exceptional Performance Awards
  • Adversity - recognizes exceptional performance in the face of adversity in service to the public. Winner: Record Snowfall Response, Town of Lexington, Massachusetts Department of Public Works
  • Journalism - recognizes exceptional performance in presenting the story of a public works issue or event that projects a positive image of individuals or agencies to the course of their performance in both broadcast and print mediums.  Winner: Sweet Streets Website, City of Richfield, Minnesota
  • Chapter Journalism - recognizes chapters for their newsletters, magazines and/or other publications based on quality, content, creativity and design.  Winner:  "Public Works Makes It Happen," New England Chapter, Public Wrrks Awareness Committee
  • Safety - recognizes exceptional performance in the area of safety.  Winner:  "Missouri's Blueprint to Save More Lives," Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, Jefferson City, Missouri
Harry S. Swearingen Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement and Excellence in Chapter Service
Recognizes outstanding service to APWA at the chapter level as an individual or corporate member.
Individual Winner:  Angela Popenhagen, PE, LEED AP, President, Stevens Engineers, Hudson, Wisconsin
Corporate Winner:  Bolton & Menk, Inc, Mankato, Minnesota


Management Innovation Award
Recognizes an individual, team or organization for the development and implementation of a creative idea, device, process or system that enhances the goals of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment.
Winner:  Right-of-Way Management System, Laclede Gas Company, St. Louis, Missouri

Presidential Leadership Award
Presented by the APWA President to members who have distinguished themselves and the public works profession with their leadership.
Winners: James F. Owens, Sales Manager, Falls Snow Plows, Little Falls, Minnesota AND Christine Walsh, Director of Operations (retired), City of Beloit, Wisconsin

Professional Manager of the Award
Inspires excellence and dedication in the public sector by recognizing outstanding career service achievements in the specified area.
  • Administrative Management  Winner:  Julie Piacentini, Administrative Manager, Department of Public Works, City of Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Engineering and Technology  Winner: Edward "Ed" Roberge, PE, City Engineer, City of Concord, New Hampshire
  • Facilities and Grounds  Winner:  Nick Caggiano, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation, City of Nashua New Hampshire
  • Public Fleet  Winner:  Melvin L. Garrett, Assistant Fleet Director, Charleston County Government, North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Public Works Emergency Management  Winner:  Kurt Blomquist, PE, Public Works Director/Emergency Management Director, City of Keene, New Hampshire
  • Solid Waste  Winner:  Mike Mundell, Solid Waste Manager, City of New Braunfels, Texas
  • Transportation  Winner:  Debbie Hale, Executive Director, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Salinas, California
  • Water Resources  Winner:  Andrew M. Pappastergion, Commissioner of Public Works, Town of Brookline, Massachusetts
Sustainability Practices 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.
Individual Winner:  Mike Faha, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal/Landscape Architect, GreenWorks, PC, Portland, Oregon
Program/Organization Winner:  City of Coon Rapids, Minnesota


Technical Innovation Award
Recognizes an individual, team or organization for the development and implementation of a creative idea, device, process or system that enhances the goals of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment.
Winner:  Bridge Inspections Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota

Young Leader Award
Recognizes APWA members who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and the Association and display potential for future growth within the Association. The award promotes the concept that length of career does not necessarily indicate leadership abilities or potential for service.
Winners:  Lauren J. Behm, Management Analyst, Pierce County Public Works, Tacoma, Washington AND Frank Lopez, PE, QSD, CFM, Director, Harris & Associates, Salinas, California AND Paul "Andrew" Parker, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Dalton, Georgia