The asphalt road base was reused via cold-in-place recycling and topped with 1.5 inches of asphalt rubber hot mix (ARHM) for a smooth, high-friction surface. The Contractor was Excel Paving Co. of Long Beach, Calif. Since the city’s incorporation in 1906, Glendale Avenue has been one of its most important arterials. The 2-mile road and sewer project passed through industrial, commercial, and high-density housing areas containing 300 businesses, four schools, and a cemetery.
Jasmina Zigic The asphalt road base was reused via cold-in-place recycling and topped with 1.5 inches of asphalt rubber hot mix (ARHM) for a smooth, high-friction surface. The Contractor was Excel Paving Co. of Long Beach, Calif. Since the city’s incorporation in 1906, Glendale Avenue has been one of its most important arterials. The 2-mile road and sewer project passed through industrial, commercial, and high-density housing areas containing 300 businesses, four schools, and a cemetery.

Last August, a California public works director gave his Engineering Division employees some excellent news.

Roubik Golanian, PE, had just learned that the City of Glendale’s $4.4 million wastewater capacity and street improvements project was the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch Outstanding Roadway & Highway Project of the Year. Every aspect was designed by the division.

“This is a prestigious award,” he wrote in an e-mail. “It recognizes the exemplary work you do in planning, design, and construction management of our complex capital improvement projects. This was truly a team-based effort and special thanks go to:

“Jasmina, who was the project/construction manager and carefully put the finishing touches and made certain modifications to the final plans and specs.

“Armond, who expertly designed the sewer portion.

“Ruel, who started the project.

“Van, who tirelessly conducted round-the-clock inspection of striping and traffic signal work.

“Marc, who prepared the perfect plans for the traffic signals and striping work.

“Wayne, who meticulously checked the striping/signal plans and specs.

“Kevin, who expertly checked the final plans and specs.

“Dennis, who planned the project and provided ongoing guidance.

“Yvonne, who managed the certified payroll/employee interviews and community outreach and completed the award application.

“Tom, who along with two contract employees, managed complicated and highly involved construction inspection.

“Arthur, who famously and ably completed the majority of the design work.

“Gary, who supervised the construction inspection work and collaboratively coordinated with design staff.

“Front office, which processed the contract and all related documents and correspondence.

“Naira, who dutifully managed invoicing and progress payments.

“I probably forgot several people,” he admitted. “But as you can see, it takes a village and I couldn’t be more proud of our entire team. Well done!”

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