More stories about Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

  • Infrastructure to the Rescue

    The city of Phoenix has increased in size from its incorporation in 1881 (2500 residents) to today (1.3 million), turning it in a little more than a century and a quarter from a humble desert town to the fifth largest municipality in the country.

  • Water Treatment goes Green

    Gone are the days when “green building” meant modest structures made with recycled products. The term now applies to modern marvels of construction in all areas of public infrastructure.

  • Integrating interns

    Incorporate high school and college interns into your budget and succession plan to mold future managers.

  • Plant gets double dose of excellence

    Although it's still under construction, Scottsdale, Ariz.'s Chaparral Water Treatment Plant has already garnered two awards: for design and for public art.

  • 2006 Department of the Year

    Four cities earn top honors in our second annual Department of the Year award program. A jury of their peers says these departments raise the standard of excellence for themselves, their communities, and their profession.

  • National design-build awards honors groundwater project

    The Design-Build Institute of America has recognized CDM, Cambridge, Mass., with a National Design-Build Award in the “water under $ 15 million” project category. The award, given for the company's Gilbert and Mosley project in Wichita, Kan., commends the project's unique groundwater contamination...

  • Quick-sealing tire technology

    Earlier this year Goodyear introduced commercial tire technology, called DuraSeal, that repairs tire punctures. And it works, said Ross Petrini, Toronto's fleet maintenance operations manager.

  • Top of the heap

    A solid-waste transfer station is more than a mere shed into which solid waste is unceremoniously dumped. At its best, it is a well-oiled machine, thoughtfully designed and manned by a conscientious staff with an eye toward efficiency, safety, and environmental compliance.

  • A hot night in the big city

    In the 1950s, 30% of the world's population lived in urban areas. By 2030, 60% of the world's population will live in cities. The phenomenon of rapid urbanization is resulting in the transition of native vegetation to manmade engineered paved surfaces for roads, parking areas, sidewalks, and...

  • Public works and municipal utilities departments, Chandler, Ariz.

    Rapid expansion is common to American cities. For Chandler, Ariz., population growth and development is especially challenging. The city enjoys the distinction of being rated the seventh fastest growing city of all U.S. municipalities with populations exceeding 100,000. Over the past 10 years...