Atkins-designed City of Del Mar 21st Street Pump Station project named APWA San Diego/Imperial chapter 2012 Public Works Project of the Year - May 24, 2012
San Diego, CA — Atkins, the industry-leading engineering and design firm, is pleased to report that the Atkins-designed City of Del Mar 21st Street Pump Station project has been named the 2012 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA) San Diego/Imperial Chapter. On May 10, Atkins’ Gail Masutani, Ph.D., PE, and Roger Wade attended the awards program at the Chapter’s monthly meeting in San Diego, California, which was held in honor of National Public Works Week. Dr. Masutani served as lead project engineer for construction support services, and Wade was the lead designer on the project.
The Chapter’s awards program promotes excellence in public works projects by recognizing the partnership between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer team, and the contractor—all of whom work together to successfully complete a public works project.
A critical component of the City of Del Mar’s wastewater system, the 21st Street Pump Station prevents sewage from spilling onto beaches and into the San Dieguito Lagoon. The new station replaces its 30-year-old predecessor and provides reliable operation for the variable flows of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It also provides a public restroom and basketball court.
“The aging station had already failed, causing a spill, and had other close calls. It’s only a few feet from a channel that feeds to the mouth of the San Dieguito Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean,” says Carmen Kasner, PE, Atkins’ project manager and former city engineer for Del Mar. “The City is dependent on tourism and the surfing community, so keeping the beaches open is vital to its economy.”
After evaluating all major components of the pump station system, Atkins recommended cost-effective repairs and upgrades to the station to maintain reliability. In addition, Atkins managed the construction effort, which required careful monitoring due to the proximity to facilities and landmarks and the risk of spills. Construction also involved excavating 30 feet below ground at a location less than 75 feet from rail tracks that carry thousands of passengers and freight each day.
Atkins designed a user-friendly piping and building layout to allow operability with minimal staff. The building, which looks like a residential house, is aesthetically pleasing and surrounded by native vegetation. Architectural enhancements include stone veneers, a stucco finish over the exterior concrete masonry unit walls, and a concrete tile roof.
The $5 million pump station became fully operational on November 1, 2011. “We’re excited that Atkins and the City were recognized by APWA for a project that helps protect our most precious natural resources,” says Kasner.
The 21st Street Pump Station Final Design and Construction Management project was further recognized on May 19 with the Award of Excellence in Wastewater Collection and Treatment from the American Society of Civil Engineers San Diego Section.
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- Critical program management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats.
- Architectural and construction phase services for the new Tyndall Air Force Base Fitness Center, meeting LEED Platinum standards without impact to project cost.
- Equal partner in a joint venture that is providing full-service program/project management support for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a $7.8-billion project encompassing ecological restoration, water storage, flood control, and recreation.
- Key transit projects – member of joint venture providing general engineering consultant team for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and project management oversight contractor for the Federal Transit Administration for major transit projects throughout the US.
- Lead firm on the Ascend, Joint Venture, LLC team, which is designing the $1.2-billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal roadway system at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
- Meeting stringent nutrient removal requirements for wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay area through design of upgrades to Howard County, Maryland’s Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant, and design and construction of enhanced nutrient removal facilities at Anne Arundel County’s Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.
- Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the National Park Service in the USA, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards.
Accepting the 2012 Public Works Project of the Year Award at the APWA San Diego/Imperial Chapter May 10 meeting in San Diego, CA. (L-R) Todd Engstrand, Steve Dalton, Tim Gabrielson (APWA President), Gail Masutani, and Joe Bride.
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