Projects of the Year 2011

City of Portland, Water Bureau - Walker Creek Fish Passage Culvert - Environmental - Less than $5 Million

Consultant:  Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.

Contractor:  Moore Excavation, Inc.

This project re-established fish passage to Walker Creek in the Bull Run watershed.  The new culvert is 58-inches tall and 18-feet wide with an open bottom to mimic natural streambed conditions.  It was installed directly below two Portland water Bureau supply conduits that provide potable water to 850,000 customers, so special care was taken to support the conduits and keep them operational during construction.

Learn more about this project here. The project application is available here. 

 

City of Albany - Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens - Environmental - Greater than $5 Million - Less than $25 million

Consultant:  CH2M Hill

Contractor:  C&M Construction

The City of Albany, City of Millersburg and Wah Chang formed a municipal/industrial partnership to address TMDL thermal discharge limits for wastewater effluent to the Willamette River.  The solution was the construction of a wetland treatment, which has had the affect of creating habitat for many species.  The partners also used the project as an educational opportunity, and as a public use area.  The project included outreach and involvement of public school and OSU as well as providing for community events.

Learn more about this project here. The project application is available here.

 

City of Lake Oswego - Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer - Environmental - Over $75 million

Consultant:  Brown & Caldwell

Contractor(s):  Advanced American Construction
                            James W. Fowler Company

The Lake Oswego interceptor sewer is the first known buoyant gravity sewer in the world.  The serpentine alignment of the 22 to 42-inch HDPE pipe allows for thermal expansion of the pipe which can be considerable with 29,000-feet of pipe.  The pipe is submerged and held in place through the use of buoys and 428 ground tethers.  Access to the manholes is through removable stainless steel caissons.  Extensive public outreach was done as this was an extremely visible project that even included temporarily draining Lake Oswego.

Learn more about this project here. The project application is available here.

 

Washington County - Banks - Vernonia Trail and Trailhead - Transportation - Less than $5 million

Consultant(s):  OBEC Consulting
                           Wiser Rail Engineering

Contractor(s): Kerr Contractors
                           Railworks Tracks System, Inc.
                           Carter & Company, Inc.

This project extended the new trail to the City of Banks and created a trailhead for easy public access.  Anecdotal information indicates that since the completion of the project the public has been using the facilities extensively.  The project included the re-alignment of Sellers Road, a new rail crossing, a bridge, bio-swale, stream restoration, trail extension, parking lot and an upgrade to the City water distribution system.  There were five funding sources, multiple agency involvement, multiple design engineers and multiple contractors due to the varied aspects of the project.

Learn more about this project here. The project application is available here.

 

City of Tigard - S.W. Burnham Street Improvements - Transportation - Less than $5 Million - Greater than $25 million

Consultant:  OTAK, Inc.

Contractor:  Kodiak Pacific Construction

The 2,000-foot total rebuild of SW Burnham Street in Tigard was expanded into a community project.  It was aimed at improving multi-modal transportation, created public space for events, used sustainable design elements as much as possible, improved the dog park, created a gateway monument and was used to spur private improvements.  As many as 11 businesses along the street have since done improvements to their storefronts, some of them using the loan program set up by the City for just such improvement.

Learn more about this project here. The project application is available here.

 

City of Oregon City - McLoughlin Promenade - Historical Preservation - Less than $5 Million

Consultant:  Wallis Engineering

Contractor:  Pioneer Waterproofing

In 1851, before Oregon was even a state, Dr. John McLoughlin the father of Oregon and factor of the Hudsons Bay Fur Trading Company dedicated 7.8 acres of land for a park in Oregon City.  In 1938 Franklin D. Roosevelt funded improvements to the park through the WPA program.  And in 2009 restoration of the park was funded through ARRA.  Great care was taken to match construction material and techniques used in 1938 even done to matching the color of the motor and concrete used.  In addition, custom containment facilities were constructed for safety as the work was done at and over the edge of an 80-foot cliff with public right-of-way directly below.

Learn more about this project here. The project application is available here.

 

PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD – HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

Cascade Well #5

Agency:  Rockwood Water PUD

Consultant:  Murray, Smith & Associates Inc.
                  GSI Water Solutions Inc.

Contractor:  Boart Longyear
                  Ward Henshaw

 

 

SW Greenburg Road, Hall Blvd & Hwy 99 Intersection Improvements

Agency:  Washington County

Consultant:  WH Pacific

Contractor:  Kerr Contractors

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application nomination packet available here.

Delta Ponds Bridge

Agency:  City of Eugene

Consultant:  OBEC

Contractor:  Mowat Construction

Learn more about this project by viewing the project application nomination packet available here.  


Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation

Agency:  City of Springfield

Consultant:  Murray, Smith & Associates Inc.

Contractor:  H & J Construction
                   K & R Plumbing
                   Emery & Sons
                   Insituform

 

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