Iowa Chapter Awards

APWA IOWA CHAPTER AWARDS

Nominations for the awards listed below will be accepted until June 30, 2017, and winners will be announced at the Fall Conference.  The nomination form and information for the Projects of the Year  can be found below.  Individual member award nominations are to be submitted via email along with a justification for the nomination.  All award nominations will only be accepted via email to Eric Cowles at Eric.Cowles@iowadot.us.  If you have any questions, please contact Eric Cowles at the above email or by phone at 515-239-1064.

The Chapter Awards are summarized below:

LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Plaque)

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding service to the Chapter APWA.  The award consists of a traveling plaque and a smaller permanent plaque for the recipient.  The award is presented annually at the annual President’s meeting.

CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD (Plaque)

The purpose of this award is to recognize chapter members for work in specific activity areas that bring recognition to the Iowa Chapter.

STAN RING DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (Plaque)

The purpose of this award is to recognize Iowa Chapter – APWA members who have demonstrated exemplary long-term service and commitment to the Iowa Chapter and to the Public Works Profession. 

AL OLSON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC WORKS OPERATIONS (Plaque)

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual exemplifying leadership, dedication and mentoring of public works employees and tireless behind the scene efforts as embodied by Al's commitment to the public works profession.

CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD (Plaque)

The purpose of this award is to honor a public works contractor for outstanding achievement as reflected in the construction of a completed public works project.

CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR AWARD

These awards are presented to the Consultant of the Year for work on public improvements that demonstrate innovation, expertise, and achievements throughout the state.  Nominations must be made by a public agency.

PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD

These awards recognize the managing agency, the consultant//engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.  Projects shall be substantially complete at the time of nomination.   Awards are considered for any public improvement project such as the following types of projects:

  • Structures—to include public structure preservation/rehabilitation, municipal buildings, parks, etc.
  • Transportation—to include roads, bridges, mass transit, etc.
  • Environment—to include treatment and recycling facilities, landfill reclamation projects, sewer projects, etc.
  • Historical Restoration/Preservation—to include historical restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings and structures and facilities, etc.
  • Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair—to include the techniques and timing for safety, community relations, environmental protection, adverse conditions and additional considerations.

Sub Categories for project cost for each of the above categories are:

  • Less than $500,000
  • $500,000, but less than $1M
  • $1M to $2.5M
  • More than $2.5M      

These award nominations are to be submitted with the Nomination Form.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD

This award is to recognize public works leaders who are also leaders in their community and who ensure public trust in public works professionals through recognition of outstanding community leadership.    Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active member of APWA.
  • Be an active leader in the community, demonstrated through volunteering significant time and/or personal resources to work with charitable organizations, educational organizations, health organizations, community service groups, and/or has participated in significant community projects or programs which improve the quality of life in the community.  (Service to community groups that do not encourage multi-cultural, gender, or religious diversity—or are politically oriented, are not deemed appropriate for meeting the purpose of these criteria.)
  • Provide a positive role model for other public works professionals.

Supporting Documentation is limited to 20 pages.  Applicants for this award may be considered for Chapter endorsement for submittal to the National Awards.

YOUNG LEADER AWARD

This award is to recognize and encourage young APWA members who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and the chapter and show potential for future growth within the chapter. The award promotes the concept that length of career of the nominee does not necessarily indicate his/her leadership abilities or potential for service.  Candidates must be active members of APWA for five consecutive years and not exceed 35 years of age as of the award deadline.  Please include candidate’s birth date in nomination materials. The candidates must have demonstrated an ability and eagerness to act at the chapter or branch level by serving on committees, as an officer, heading projects, or contributing in general to the well-being of the chapter.

The candidate should have also accomplished one or more of the following:

  • contributed in some significant manner to his/her public agency or company by implementing new ideas, overcoming problems, controlling costs, etc.;
  • helped to advance the cause of the public works profession either with leadership commitments to significant community projects or as an advocate for public works issues at the legislative level in local, state, or federal governments; and/or
  • demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuing education in the public works field (i.e., related educational degree(s), attendance at workshops, seminars, or CEU credits, etc.).

Supporting Documentation is limited to 20 pages.  Applicants for this award may be considered for Chapter endorsement for submittal to the National Awards.

APWA NATIONAL AWARDS

All Iowa Chapter award nominations will be automatically submitted for national awards (where similar national categories exist).  Additional national award categories are also available, and all national award categories can be found here.

 

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