Cupertino’s Stevens Creek Corridor Park & Restoration Phase 2 Project was recently named a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The project was honored for APWA’s Project of the Year award in the Small Cities/Rural Communities – Environment category. This award honors agencies representing cities and communities with a population of 75,000 or less. The SC/RC Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in demonstrating creativity, ingenuity and efficiency in the delivery of public works projects that have a profound impact on the community. The team of winners includes the City of Cupertino, CA as the managing agency; Robert A. Bothman, Inc., as the primary contractor; and SSA Landscape Architects as the primary consultant, was presented with the award during APWA’s 2015 International Public Works Congress & Exposition Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona held August 30-September 2, 2015.
The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, contractor, consultant and their cooperative achievements. This year, APWA selected projects in five categories in the Small Cities/Rural Communities area: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures, and Transportation.
The Stevens Creek Corridor Park & Restoration Phase 2 project includes a new segment of the regional Stevens Creek Trail system and opens five acres of public land within a creek corridor to the public, including a quarter mile stretch of Stevens Creek and the historic Stocklmeir family homestead. The fully accessible, all-weather trail ties directly to bus stops and bike lanes on Stevens Creek Boulevard, links neighborhoods and park sites, and provides pedestrian and bicycle access to popular destinations. The new trail includes gathering areas, benches and a new footbridge linking the Stocklmeir homestead to the existing trails within Blackberry Farm and McClellan Ranch Preserve.
The project also restored a degraded section of Stevens Creek that provides a habitat to a variety of rare and protected wildlife species, such as the federally-threatened Central California Coast steelhead. The project widened the creek channel, created pool-riffle sequences for the steelhead, and provided desirable in-stream floodplains and new backwater areas for habitat complexity and wildlife refuge. All of the concrete and riprap were removed from the creek, and the channel and banks are now stabilized using entirely natural materials and methods, which has improved the habitat value, stability and beauty of the creek.
For more information on the APWA 2015 Projects of the Year, please contact APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager, Laura Bynum, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202.218.6736.