The Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association recently announced its winners of the APWA Genesee Valley Branch Awards in 2016.
“Public works is critical to the quality of life for our residents, but the practitioners and public agencies that make it happen are too often unknown or under appreciated,” said Jason Kennedy, vice president.
The awards committee reviewed submissions and selected the winners of the individual and project awards from a six counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne.
Locally, Peter Vars, president of BME Associates in Fairport, received the Harry Sweringen Award for Chapter Excellence. Ernie Fattore, of the Monroe County Department of Transportation, received the Douglas C. Zefting Award. Steve Wanamaker and Doug Johnson, from Region 4 of the New York State DOT, received the Young Leaders Award. Craig Stevens, of Crane Hogan Structural Systems in Spencerport, received the Dick Mack Award.
Arcadis of New York received the Environmental Project of the Year for the Monroe County Water Authority Canal Crossing project. Hunt Engineering and Passero Associates received Structures Project of the Year awards. Hunt was honored for its project on North Greece Road over Larkin Creek, and Passero was recognized for the Henrietta Recreation Center.
Bayer Landscape Architecture and LaBella Associates received Transportation Project of the Year awards. Bayer worked on the Brighton Brickyard Trail, and LaBella worked on the Port of Rochester Marina.
“The Genesee Valley Branch has the largest membership within the New York chapter and continues to be a recognized leader in providing forward-thinking ideas from our public works professionals as well as experience gained from our many outstanding projects,” said Geoffrey Benway, GVB president. “This year’s winners include outstanding individuals and projects from across the branch. This is a testament to the innovative spirit that thrives in upstate New York.”
The awards were presented at the Rochester Institute and Technology Inn and Conference Center, where award winners shared an evening with over 300 fellow public works professionals.
“Public works projects cannot be successful unless they involved the passion and cooperation from government agencies, the designers, the contractors and the community,” Benway said.
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