Projects of the Year 2016

City of Gresham - Kane Drive Washout Emergency Repair - 2016 Project of Year - Less than $5 Million - Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair

A 100-year storm hit Gresham and led to historic flows in Kelly Creek on December 7, 2015. Kane Drive washed out that day, after Gresham saw nearly six inches of rainfall in a 72-hour period. Substantial debris flows in Kelly Creek rapidly blocked the culvert beneath Kane Drive, causing water levels to rise several feet above the culvert entrance.  The rising water washed out the soil above the culvert and below the roadway, creating a large chasm approximately 140 feet long, 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep. 

The severe washout rendered Kane Drive out of commission indefinitely.  This major arterial through the City has four travel lanes, one turn lane, two bike lanes, and a sidewalk.  It is heavily used and has over 35,000 daily trips on average.  It is one of three major north-south arterials serving as a freight corridor, TriMet’s public transportation route, access to Interstate 84 and Highway 26, and access route for approximately 33,000 students attending Mt. Hood Community College.


Prime Contractor:  MEI Group
Prime Consultant:  Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application available in Adobe Acrobat format here or the award presentation slides here


Tillamook County - December 2015 Storm - 2016 Project of Year - Less than $5 Million - Structures

Starting December 6, 2015, Tillamook County experienced 24 inches of rain in 3 days.  This storm caused flooding, evacuations, road damages, power outages, and isolation for many residents  when culverts catastrophically failed.  This storm wreaked havoc on their already vulnerable county transportation system.  The county road system experienced about $8 million in damages. 

Prime Contractor:  Tillamook County Public Works
Prime Consultant:  OBEC Consulting Engineers

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application available in Adobe Acrobat format here or the award presentation slides here.


City of Eugene - Amazon Creek, Stabilization & Enhancement - 2016 Project of Year - Less than $5 Million - Environmental (Water, Wastewater, Stormwater)

Before Eugene developed, Amazon Creek flowed freely onto the flat Willamette River valley bottom and into a network of shallow braided channels, which frequently overflowed onto the adjacent lands.


As Eugene began to expand in the late 1800s, the flooding around Amazon Creek became problematic. Flood control became a high priority for a rapidly expanding city. However, changing community values and the enactment of the 1987 federal Clean Water Act have prompted significant action regarding the way Amazon Creek is managed. 

Prime Contractor:  KSH Construction Company, Inc.
Prime Consultant:  City of Eugene Public Works

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application available in Adobe Acrobat format here or the award presentation slides here


City of McMinnville - McMinnville WRF Expansion Project - 2016 Project of Year - $5 Million to Less than $25 Million - Environmental (Water, Wastewater, Stormwater)

The McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), originally constructed in 1996, produces effluent that meets stringent ammonia and phosphorus standards before being discharged into the South Yamhill River. The original WRF encompassed screening, grit removal, two secondary treatment trains (Orbal aeration basins for nitrification and biological phosphorus removal), tertiary clarification, filtration, and U.V. treatment. Operating near dry weather capacity, the City wanted a third aeration basin for reliability/redundancy and a third, secondary clarifier to increase wet weather treatment capacity.


The new facilities include a 1.5 million gallon aeration basin, 120-foot diameter secondary clarifier, RAS/WAS pump station, a mixed liquor split box and a considerable amount of large diameter piping that ties the new facilities into the existing process, maximizing operational flexibility.  The project also includes site work and piping with associated electrical; instrumentation and control; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; and building services.

Prime Contractor:  McClure and Sons, Inc.
Prime Consultant:  CH2M

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application available in Adobe Acrobat format here or the award presentation slides here


Benton County - SW 53rd St and West Hills Rd Roundabout - 2016 Project of Year - Less than $5 Million - Transportation

The intersection of SW West Hills Road and SW 53rd Street in Corvallis is traveled by approximately 10,000 vehicles each day and serves as a connection between northwest Corvallis, Highway 20, Oregon State University, and northern Philomath. Specifically, SW 53rd Street is a major north-south route connecting northwest Corvallis with U.S. Highway 20 along the western edge of the city and Oregon State University.  SW West Hills Road is a main east-west route connecting residential centers in north Philomath with Oregon State University and U.S. Highway 20.


Prior to construction of the roundabout, the SW 53rd Street/SW West Hills Road intersection was configured with a shared through-right lane and a dedicated left-turn lane on each approach, except for the westbound approach which had only one lane.  Stop control existed on SW West Hills Road east and westbound. The level of service on West Hills Road was calculated as “F”.  Between 1985 and 2010, there were 38 recorded crashes at the intersection resulting in 1 fatality and 33 injuries.

Prime Contractor:  R & R General Contractors, Inc.
Prime Consultant:  David Evans and Associates Inc.

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application available in Adobe Acrobat format here or the award presentation slides here


City of Redmond - RDM Runway 4-22 Rehabilitation - 2016 Project of Year - $5 Million to less than $25 Million - Transportation

Redmond Municipal Airport – Roberts Field (RDM) is Central Oregon’s aviation hub offering 21 daily commercial flights through four carriers including direct flights to several major airports in the west. RDM is a primary commercial airport that is an economic means for the region, accounting for approximately 574,000 passenger connections per year. The Redmond Air Center, adjacent to RDM serves as a key firefighting hub for the region operated by the U.S. Forest Service.


Funded by a combination of FAA and Connect Oregon (Oregon Lottery) dollars, the project was originally conceived as a “grind and overlay” rehabilitation. Early engineering analysis determined that the shape of the runway, last reconstructed in 1993, no longer met current design standards required by the FAA. These standards changed over time, and although the runway was safe, the use of federal funds required that the project follow the latest version of the design guidelines. 


Constructed in 2 phases, the engineering consultant provided design and engineering services for a new runway surface that will meet the needs of the airport for the next 20 years. In addition to restoring the runway surface’s useful life, the construction approach minimized the impact to commercial airline operations.


Prime Contractor:  Knife River Corporation
Prime Engineer:  Century West Engineering

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application available in Adobe Acrobat format here or the award presentation slides here.  


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