The American Public Works Association (APWA) Michigan Chapterhas named the City of River Rouge’s Dwight Street sewer rehabilitation projectits Project of the Year.

St. Louis-based Insituform Technologies Inc. wasthe primary contractor for the project. The award will be presented at the APWAMichigan Chapter meeting in May.

The project is now entered into theAPWA’s national competition in the “Structures Less than $2 Million” category.The awards program recognizes companies that demonstrate good constructionmanagement techniques, ability to meet schedules, safety performance, communityrelations, environmental protection, unusual accomplishments and additionalvalue.

The River Rouge project included the rehabilitation of 1,574 ft ofa 1930s-vintage, 66-in. diameter brick sewer in a flood-prone area where nearbyhomes had required costly repairs after sustaining flooddamage.

Insituform worked within a fast-track schedule, required toobtain Environmental Protection Agency grant funding. The original scheduleextended from July 1 through Sept. 1, 2004. Working 24-hour days in two 12-hourshifts, Insituform completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule inmid-August. The early completion produced a savings of more than $30,000 fromthe original project budget of $986,383.

Insituform’s leadership on thejob included Ken Quillen, project manager, and Sam Vartanian, generalsuperintendent and site manager. In addition to the City of River Rouge, itsmanaging agency, Geomanagement LLC and Insituform, the project team includedengineering firm Tetra Tech and the Wayne County Department ofEnvironment.

Insituform Technologies Inc. is a leading worldwide providerof proprietary technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water andother underground piping systems without digging and disruption.

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