Crystal Lake, Ill. — Several local branches of the American Public Works Association (APWA) have recognized Baxter & Woodman, Inc. projects with APWA 2016 Project of the Year awards.  This award promotes excellence in public works by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.  The projects will now advance to compete in the APWA Chicago Metro Area Chapter competition this March. 

The winning projects include:

City of Joliet, Ill. — West Park Front Pumping Station Replacement and Streambank Stabilization; 2016 Project of the Year – APWA Southwest Branch – Environment Category – Less than $5 Million: The City worked closely with Baxter & Woodman, Inc. Consulting Engineers to replace the West Park Front Pumping Station. The existing station was replaced with a quadplex (four pumps) submersible pump station in order to improve system performance. The project also consisted of various streambank and stream protection elements along Thorne Creek. The function and capacity of the site and pumping station was drastically improved.

Village of Glenview, Ill. — Dewes – Henley – Harlem – Drainage Improvement Project; 2016 Project of the Year – APWA Suburban Branch – Transportation Category – $5-$25 Million: The Dewes-Henley-Harlem neighborhood in Glenview had a long history of repeated flood damages due to a high level of impervious cover and no suitable overland flow path from several low-lying areas. Baxter & Woodman helped the Village secure a Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA for $2,784,000.  This grant made it possible for the Village to construct a 13 acre-foot detention basin and 4,650 feet of storm sewer ranging from 12-inches to 48-inches in diameter.