2023 Projects of the Year


Disaster or Emergency Less than $5 Million


Kelly Creek Landslide Mitigation
This project mitigated a landslide from a 2.5-inch rain event where the failure plane ended inches from a private backyard. The slope instability was due to improperly placed fill during development, groundwater flow, and Kelly Creek erosion. The slope was stabilized using a tied-back soldier pile, timber lagging wall, and bioengineering practices. The project improved stream function, increased flood storage, and future retrofit planning efforts at the City of Gresham.


Environmental $5 Million to $25 Million


Cedar Mill Creek Sanitary and Regional Stormwater Management Approach
The $15M Project included replacing 4,500 feet of 36 in concrete sewer pipe with a 48-inch fiberglass reinforced pipeline in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Included a trenchless crossing of trimet’s MAX rail-line. The project incorporated significant environmental enhancements to the Beaverton and Cedar Mill creeks, and boardwalks throughout the nature park. Clean Water Services worked with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, Washington County, Regulatory agencies, park stakeholders, and community organizations.


Environmental $25 Million to $75 Million 


SW Capitol Highway – Multnomah Village to West Portland
This project was a reconstruction of a 0.9-mile substandard arterial street that included 7,000 linear feet of stormwater pipe to four new regional basins and upgrading a half mile of water main to larger, seismically resilient pipe. Uniquely, traditionally siloed bureaus—PBOT, BES, and PWB— came together and pooled their resources to design and construct a single, cohesive corridor project. Over 600 trees and over 2,800 shrubs were planted for this project.


Historic Restoration / Preservation $5 Million to $25 Million


Eugene Waterfront Development
The City was named to host the 2021 World Athletic Championships – 1st time held in the United States. Private and public funding allowed the City to complete their long-term vision and community dream of redeveloping a former industrial riverfront property into the Downtown Riverfront. Covid cancelled the 2021 event, but the project was completed for the 2022 World Athletic Championships. The project goal was to transform the historic steam plant, work yards, and industrial relics central to Eugene’s history and culture into new gathering spaces and economic catalyst for the community.


Transportation Less than $5 Million


E. Crestview Drive Improvements Project
This project upgraded 2,000 linear feet of roadway to a major collector and included a mini-roundabout and improved access, safety, and ease of use for residents, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The substantial community relations efforts included two open houses, a project website, project update mailers, and door hangers. One of the distinct sustainable project practices included salvaging valuable trees, specifically Gobi Walnut trees for reuse by a decorative wood specialist.


Transportation $5 Million to $25 Million


Newport Corridor Improvements
After 4 years of design and construction the City reconstructed over a mile of City infrastructure and installed a new stormwater treatment & conveyance system, new sewer & water lines, pavement reconstruction, four roundabouts, sidewalks and curb ramps, retaining walls, and Illumination systems. The project came about due to the lack of stormwater system within Newport Ave and worried this could lead to road failure.


Transportation $25 Million to $75 Million


Boones Ferry Road Improvements Project
This project was a complete reconstruction and widening of nearly a mile of undersized arterial roadway that has an average daily traffic of 20,000 vehicle trips and serves over 200 businesses. The thoughtful community outreach and business support during construction included entrance signage, promotional videos, and a free monthly raffle. Several significant sustainable project practices were included as part of the project, including relocating bees and 43 stormwater planters.

2023 Everyday Hero Award


City of Eugene- Cristine Inglis
Cristine Inglis has been pivotal in the success of the operations program to keep pace with a rapidly growing system. Among her many accomplishments, she developed maintenance standard manuals for the stormwater and median maintenance programs, developed a condition rating system and inspection schedule, and prioritized the thoughtful onboarding of new team members. She is a self-taught leader in mobile technology, advancing green infrastructure management by identifying trends, making data-informed decisions, and adaptively managing assets. She is a shining example of an everyday hero who uses her passions to keep Eugene’s urban landscapes green and local waterways safe and clean.


2023 “Bulldog” Communication Award


City of Independence- Emmanuel Goicochea
Emmanual with over 8 years of experience in strategic communications, his knowledge of the ever-changing media landscape has been integral to the city’s success. Not only has Emmanuel’s work shed light on the important contributions Public Works makes to the City’s infrastructure, be it also showcases the stories of the people serving in the Public Works department.


2023 Young Leader Award


City of Eugene- Rachael Vaicunas
Rachael has managed a variety of capital projects, including several important shared-use path rehabilitation, extension and lighting projects, and pavement preservation projects. Rachael routinely looks for growth opportunities including participation in the APWA Emerging Leaders Academy. She has shown herself to be a good supervisor who helps staff with career development, understanding and implementing City policy while being empathetic to employee needs. Rachael routinely looks for ways to improve productivity, build technical and organizational knowledge, and strengthen collaboration and working relationships. Her diligence, communication, and diplomacy are all essential traits for a leader.
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