The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/ engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.
Awards are given in four divisions:
Projects less than $5 million
Projects of $5 million, but less than $25 million
Projects of $25 million to $75 million
Projects more than $75 million
And five categories:
Structures—to include public structure preservation/rehabilitation, municipal buildings, parks, etc.
Transportation—to include roads, bridges, mass transit, etc.
Environment—to include treatment and recycling facilities, landfill reclamation projects, sewer projects, etc.
Historical Restoration/Preservation—to include historical restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, structures, and facilities, etc.
Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair—to include the techniques and timing for safety, community relations, environmental protection, adverse conditions and additional considerations.
Eligibility Public works is defined as the physical structures and facilities that are developed, owned, and maintained by public agen- cies to house governmental functions and provide water, power, waste disposal, transportation, and similar public services in accordance with established public policy.
To be eligible for nomination, a project must have been “substantially completed” and available for public and/or agency use within two calendar years prior to nomination. If a project has multiple phases or segments, then “substantially completed” will be construed as that point when the final phase or segment is 90% completed and available for public and/ or agency use.
Each year, the national Project of the Year Committee reviews the nominations and selects the award winners.