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Sandy City’s Public Works Building: 2019 APWA Storm Water Project of the Year

Post Date:10/23/2019 8:00 AM
APWA Award

From left:
Mike Gladbach, Sandy City Public Works Director
Brent Ventura, President, Utah Chapter of APWA
Kelly Rasmussen, Project Manager, Ascent Construction
Steven Switzer, Engineer, Michael Baker International
Dave Jenkins, Engineer, Ensign Engineering
Bob Murri, VP, Ascent Construction

Sandy City’s Public Works Building: 2019 APWA Storm Water Project of the Year

On October 15, 2019, Sandy City Public Works and fellow partners received the Utah Chapter APWA Storm Water Project of the Year Award for Low Impact Development (LID) Site Work.


American Public Works Association (APWA) was established in 1946 and encompasses all areas of public works including roads, water, sewer, sanitation, fleets, storm water, engineering, and site development. Affiliated with the national organization, APWA provides a variety of educational and enrichment programs, networking opportunities, and required certification programs that help Public Works personnel in their professional growth bringing value to cities, towns, and counties in Utah and throughout the nation.


Each year during National Public Works Week, APWA sponsors a fundraising activity for a scholarship fund and features an awards program to recognize those who are truly making a difference and a contribution in their respective area of public works. This year Sandy City’s Public Works building LID project was selected.


Incorporating LID into Sandy City’s new Public Works administration building

Nearly 3 years ago, the Sandy City Public Works facility burned down. Since then, we’ve gone through a comprehensive design and reconstruction of the facility. In addition to the new two-story administration building, new shops and fleet maintenance bays were designed. The design was taken one step further and Sandy implemented Low Impact Development (LID) as part of the site work to improve storm water quality as runoff leaves the site. Developers incorporated LID so Sandy City could lead sustainability efforts by example.


JRCA Architects and Ensign Engineers designed the facility and site layout. Michael Baker International was brought in to assist in incorporating LID Best Management Practices (BMPs) into the design of the facility. Ascent Construction was the contractor who built it.


The LID elements that were incorporated into the design included bio-swales, bio-retention areas, rain gardens, underground detention storage, and routed roof drains/ hard surface areas to deliver run-off to landscaped areas. The water quality is monitored throughout the collection system.


The project will be used as an example for development on how LID can be implemented to achieve the goals and requirements of Sandy City’s Storm Water Management Program (SWMP).
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