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City receives four regional public works awards

The City of Kansas City, Mo., won four public works achievement awards at Wednesday's National Public Works Week Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was hosted by the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The City was awarded a regional APWA Management Innovation Award for the development of the Capital Improvements Management Office. The office was created as a partnership with MWH Americas Inc. and Burns and McDonnell to re-engineer the City’s delivery processes and reinvigorate its backlogged capital improvement project portfolio. CIMO has used inventive corrective strategies and industry best practices to create a centralized, more efficient approach to capital project delivery and accountability.

Additionally, three of the division's capital improvement projects were named regional APWA Projects of the Year. These awards recognize projects that exemplify outstanding project execution through project management; timely execution; safety performance; community relations; and quality control, construction innovations, and time and/or money-saving techniques.

These are the award-winning projects:

    Manchester Trafficway Bridge improvement project

    The bridge on N.E. Chouteau Trafficway underwent a $4 million facelift in 2005 to repair its substructure and replace the bridge deck. The design consultant on this project was HNTB and the primary contractor was Clarkson Construction Company.

    Sunset Hill drainage and storm sewer improvement project

    This project was located in a neighborhood just south of the Country Club Plaza and addressed much-needed storm drainage control in order to stop erosion and improve safety. The design consultant on this project was MACTEC Engineering & Consulting and the primary contractor was Rose-Lan Contractors Inc.

    Urban alleyway improvement projects at 18th and Locust streets, and 10th Street and Brooklyn Avenue

    These alleyway projects were requested by citizens using Public Improvements Advisory Committee funding to eliminate blight in their neighborhoods. For each, the alley was cleared of debris and new concrete surfaces were installed. The design consultant on this project was McDonald & Warger Inc. and the primary contractor was National Streetscape.

CIMO was created in 2004 and has been at the forefront of Kansas City's building renaissance, managing $1.2 billion in capital improvement projects across the city.

The Kansas City Metro Chapter of APWA is a regional organization that encompasses seven counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. More information about this organization is available at

To find out more about CIMO and each of these projects, visit and click on “What's New.”

City News Releases - 2006

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