2016 National Public Works Week

On behalf of all of us at Harris, a sincere THANK YOU to all of the public works professionals who strive to make our communities a better place to live!

Day 6: 2016 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year - Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for our communities!

  • Kenneth Eyre, P.E. – Senior Associate, Greeley and Hansen, Alexandria, Virginia
  • John Herzke, P.E., PWLF – Vice President of Municipal Services, Clark Nexsen, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Dena Mezger, P.E. – Director of Public Works, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Diane Nakano, P.E. – Assistant General Manager, Sacramento Regional Transit Dist., Sacramento, California
  • James “Jim” Neal, P.E. – Public Works Director, Charleston County, North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Bob Patterson, P.E. – Director of Public Works, Pendleton, Oregon
  • James “Jim” Proce, MBA, PWLF – Assistant City Manager, Rowlett, Texas
  • Paul D. Wiegand, P.E. – SUDAS Program Director, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Clark Wantoch, P.E., PWLF – Executive Director, Wisconsin Concrete Pipe Assoc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Walter “Walt” Veselka, P.E., PWLF – Public Works Director, Bristol, Connecticut

Day 4: Cedar & Kettner Development Project Parking Structure - Uniting Utility and Aesthetics in Little Italy

View of the Cedar & Kettner parking structure project which received a CMAA San Diego Chapter Project Achievement Award 

  • Client: County of San Diego
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Service: Construction Management
  • Harris contacts: Joe Webber
Why Harris "hearts" this project:

So how do you ensure a parking garage also contributes to the community’s aesthetics? Add art! The County commissioned an art installation on the exterior wall of this $37 million design-build parking structure. Local artist and art professor David Adey worked with his students to create a sculpture made of tire tread impressions of vehicles from all around San Diego County. This evolving neighborhood was generating buzz, business and a need for parking, but it didn’t want to sacrifice its character in the name of development. The result—a parking structure that complements and seamlessly coheres with the vibrancy of the community—is one that County Supervisor Diane Jacobs deemed both the most needed and best looking parking garage in the entire region. In the process, we all learned that you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for utility.

Day 3: National APWA Project of the Year Greenspot Road Bridge over Santa Ana River - Preserving history and protecting communities.

From left to right: Carlos Zamano – Assistant Public Works Director, City of Highland; Ernie Wong – City Engineer, City of Highland; Dennis Barton – Project Manager (Retired), City of Highland; David Griffith - Bridge Designer, TY Lin; Carole Sanders – Resident Engineer, Harris; Jonathan Salsman – Assistant Resident Engineer, Harris

Why Harris "hearts" this project and team:

This August at the national PWX conference, the City of Highland Greenspot Road Bridge over Santa Ana River project will receive an APWA Project of the Year award in the Small Cities/Rural Communities Transportation category. The City was able to save their historical Old Iron Bridge, which can now be safely used by bicyclists and pedestrians—away from vehicular traffic, and a new bridge for vehicles was constructed. The new bridge has a four-lane structure, enhances public safety and provides for future road expansion and utility crossings. The bridges were named in memory of Jennifer Brooks, a local resident bicyclist and City of Highland attorney who was killed traveling along Greenspot Road.

Resident Engineer Carole Sanders on why she "hearts" public works:

"The people. With each project, you meet new people and often you run into them decades later on new projects! And it's a part of the name; in public works you deal with the public every day of the job and have to navigate different personalities. It's my favorite part of my job." The Greenspot Bridge project also had Carole reflecting on one of the biggest challenges in public works today: "As boomers are beginning to retire, we're beginning to lose a lot of qualified bridge professionals and with them, goes their knowledge. We need to implement better training programs to transfer knowledge to the next generation, especially those right out of school."

Day 2: Frank Lopez, APWA National Young Leader of the Year - Leading by example.

Frank Lopez poses for a "selfie" with Debbie Hale, Executive Director for the Transportation Agency of Monterey County. Frank and Debbie were recognized at a recent Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting for their APWA National award wins. Debbie will receive the APWA National Professional Manager of the Year - Transportation award.

Why Harris "hearts" Frank Lopez and our other public works leaders: 

Where would public works be without leaders? It's thanks to the hard work of professionals like Frank and Debbie (pictured above) that improvements to communities continue and our infrastructure is maintained and repaired. Frank will receive the APWA Young Leader award this August in Minneapolis at the PWX conference. Frank has held several leadership positions within the APWA Monterey Bay Chapter, including serving as the 2014 President of the Monterey Bay Chapter. Frank currently serves as part of a committee tasked with developing a stormwater BMP assessment tool to be used by agencies on the Central Coast in order to comply with the Phase II Stormwater Permit. He collaborated with the Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative (LIDI) to obtain a Prop. 84 Grant to redevelop sections of Old Town Gonzales to address stormwater runoff. The project is ranked #2 in the State.  Frank also continues to give back to his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the City of Gonzales Little League- District 9 and is serving as a Mentor to 9th grade Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement students at Gonzales High School and Watsonville High School. Congratulations Frank and all of the APWA 2016 individual award winners!

Day 1: The Mather Veterans Village - Building stronger communities for our military veterans. 

Reed Flory, Manager, Rancho Cordova Reinvestment & Housing Opportunities Department; Stefan Heisler, Reinvestment Analyst, Rancho Cordova Reinvestment & Housing Opportunities Department; Monet Crowley, Director, Harris & Associates

Left to Right: Reed Flory, Manager, Rancho Cordova Reinvestment & Housing Opportunities Department; Stefan Heisler, Reinvestment Analyst, Rancho Cordova Reinvestment & Housing Opportunities Department; Monet Crowley, Director, Harris & Associates

  • Client: City of Rancho Cordova, Housing Services Division
  • Location: Rancho Cordova, CA
  • Service: Construction Management
  • Harris contact: Monet Crowley
Why Harris "hearts" this project:

Roughly 11,000 veterans in California have no place to call home. The Mather Veterans Village project is dedicated to the care and housing of our nation's veterans. Construction for the Village began in 2014 at a site adjacent to the Mather Veterans Administration Medical Center and former Mather Air Force Base. Phase I of the project recently completed and features 50 permanent supportive homes with residents expected to move in late this summer or early fall. Phase 2 will break ground later this year and feature up to 50 transitional beds and support services including counseling, job training, medical assistance, group and individual therapy and a healing environment. Project partners include the City of Rancho Cordova, County of Sacramento, Mather Veterans Administration Medical Center and California State Department of Housing and Community Development, developers Mercy Housing and Veterans Resource Centers of America, and architect Mogavera Notestine Assocations. Harris is providing construction management and owner representation services for this project. 


We’re back this year with more reasons why Harris “hearts” public works! Each day, during National Public Works Week 2016, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite projects and people. Follow along on social media or join in on the posting using the hashtags #NPWW and #HarrisHeartsPW!