Photo courtesy of APWA
Photo courtesy of APWA Photo courtesy of APWA

Pierce County’s Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility Project was recently named a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). 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. APWA awarded Projects of the Year in five categories: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures and Transportation.

The Pierce County’s Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility Project was awarded in the Project of the Year - Structures category at cost of between $25 million–$75 million. This year, the team of winners includes Pierce County, Washington as the managing agency; Walsh Pacific as the primary contractor; and TCF Architecture as the primary consultant. These organizations were presented with the award during APWA’s 2015 International Public Works Congress & Exposition Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona which was held August 30- September 2, 2015.

The Sewer and Traffic Operations Facility Project is a 27 acre campus of six interrelated buildings supporting the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) section of the Sewer Division (SD), responsible for maintaining the sewer pipe and pump stations throughout the country; the Traffic Operations (TO) Division that maintains street signs, traffic signals, street illumination and pavement, and a portion of the Equipment Services Division (ESD) that maintains the vehicle fleet. The facility combines these three Public Works and Utilities (PWU) work groups into a single facility to deliver cost-effective and quality infrastructure maintenance services to the citizens of Pierce County.

Each building on the campus services unique purposes. Building A, designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, is the Administration and Crew Building integrating all employees assigned to the campus. The building provides offices for managers, meeting rooms, dispatch/crew rooms, mud rooms and locker rooms, an all-staff break room, and the traffic operations center. This building offers traffic and sewer crews the ability to efficiently meet in their respective groups to discuss daily work assignments prior to going out in the field, encourages interaction between field crew and office/engineering personnel, and also functions as the consolidated center of operations during emergency events.

Building B contains a controlled warehouse that consolidates all inventories into a single building providing the main purchasing office, covered, drive-through access to parts, tools and materials, and a parts counter for the work crews to interface with warehouse personnel. The building also contains secure, drive-through bays for working stock materials storage. Building C, the Shops Building, contains all heavy and light duty shop facilities supporting the sewer and traffic M&O programs as well as the ESD for the maintenance of vehicles and equipment; Building D provides both covered and enclosed & heated storage for large county vehicles and bulk materials; Building E provides covered storage for small equipment and general materials; Building F contains a covered fuel island, as well as a chassis steam clean bay and a drive-through vehicle wash bay; and Building G provides covered rack storage for light poles.

For more information on the APWA 2015 Projects of the Year, please contact APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager, Laura Bynum,, or call 202.218.6736.