Monterey County, City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and City of Gonzales Honored at APWA Monterey Bay Awards Dinner

Pajaro Park Project and Carmel Restrooms Projects received Awards of Merit; Carlos Lopez named Person of the Year

California Awards Program + Construction Management Municipal

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea Restrooms Project
  • Pajaro Community Park Project
  • Left to right: Bob Murdoch, Monterey County PW Director/APWA Awards Chair and Dana Van Horn
  • Left to right: Nick Nichols, Monterey County (Project Manager); Steve Sutherland, SSA Landscape (Prime Designer); Bob Murdoch, Monterey County PW Director/APWA Awards Chair

    Monterey, CA -

    On January 28, 2015, the APWA Monterey Bay Chapter hosted its annual awards dinner. The Pajaro Community Park project of Monterey County and the Carmel Beach Restroom project of City of Carmel-by-the-Sea received Awards of Merit. Harris, who served as the construction manager for both projects, gathered with fellow project team members and public works officials to celebrate the teams' achievements.

    The Pajaro Community Park project involved the construction of a new, state-of-the-art five-acre park—the first public park in the unincorporated community of Pajaro in Monterey County. Emphasis on teamwork among all members of the project, including the County Redevelopment Agency, the contractor, Granite Rock Company, the architect, SSA Landscape Architects, and Harris & Associates, who served as the County’s construction management consultant, contributed to the successful and timely completion of the project on schedule and within budget. Park elements include a three-acre synthetic sports field for soccer and baseball, barbeque shade structures, a stage pavilion, two large playgrounds for different age groups, a basketball court, a walking/jogging path, and a large community mural along the walls of the park. 

    The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea's Beach Restroom project involved the construction of permanent restrooms at one of the more popular beach access points. Previously, only temporary portable restroom facilities were available at this location. To blend with the beauty of the surrounding area, the architect designed a unique structure for the site. The unique design and materials, small construction site and high-profile location provided additional challenges for the
    construction team to overcome.The City, Studio Carver Architects (architect), Tombleson, Inc. (contractor), Harris & Associates (construction management team), and other consultants adopted a collaborative and responsive approach for the successful outcome of the project.  

    Additionally, Carlos Lopez, former Public Works Director of the City of Gonzales received the Person of the Year award at the dinner. Harris Director Patrick Dobbins currently serves as the City Engineer for the City of Gonzales. 

    Harris would like to wish a formal congratulations to all the honorees at the dinner and thank the APWA Monterey Bay Chapter for a wonderful evening of celebrating public works in Monterey.

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