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City of Kalamazoo, City of Battle Creek Water Projects Receive Project of the Year Award from MI APWA

From left to right: Perry Hart of City of Battle Creek; Bret Eckhart of L.D. Docsa Associates, Inc.; Duane Pool of the Michigan Chapter of the APWA; Kurt Tribbett of the City of Battle Creek; and Aaron Davenport of Jones & Henry Engineers.
From left to right: Perry Hart of City of Battle Creek; Bret Eckhart of L.D. Docsa Associates, Inc.; Duane Pool of the Michigan Chapter of the APWA; Kurt Tribbett of the City of Battle Creek; and Aaron Davenport of Jones & Henry Engineers.
From left to right: Steve Skalski of the City of Kalamazoo; Duane Pool of the Michigan Chapter of the APWA; Anna Crandall of the City of Kalamazoo; and Aaron Davenport of Jones & Henry Engineers.
From left to right: Steve Skalski of the City of Kalamazoo; Duane Pool of the Michigan Chapter of the APWA; Anna Crandall of the City of Kalamazoo; and Aaron Davenport of Jones & Henry Engineers.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Jones & Henry Engineers earned 2021 Project of the Year awards in two categories for projects with the City of Kalamazoo and the City of Battle Creek by the American Public Works Association, Michigan Chapter. The Annual APWA Great Lakes Expo event, along with the awards ceremony for the Project of the Year awards, was held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.
City of Kalamazoo Project
The City of Kalamazoo’s WPS #22 Elevated Tank & Watermain Project was named 2021 Project of the Year in the category of Structures $5 Million to $25 Million. Jones & Henry Engineers was the design and construction engineer while McDermott/CB&I and Hoffman Bros., Inc. acted as contractors for work in their area of expertise.

The city’s High-Pressure District was in need of additional elevated water storage to ensure adequate emergency capacity and pressure stability, to a large section of the city. Jones & Henry Engineers worked with the city to design a 2.5-million-gallon composite elevated water tank on city-owned property along the west side of US-131. Challenges included the need for a two-mile watermain extension for the intersection of Drake and Parkview, which included crossing under US-131. The crossing had to be performed without interrupting traffic on the highway. This was achieved by installing the piping by "jack and bore" method. This complex crossing and watermain extensions allowed the city to connect the tower to two different pressure districts, improving redundancy and reliability of the system overall.

City of Battle Creek Project
The City of Battle Creek’s Verona Pumping Station Improvements was named 2021 Project of the Year in the category of Environment Less Than $1 Million. Jones & Henry Engineers was the design and construction engineer and L.D. Docsa Associates, Inc. was the contractor.

The Verona Pumping Station is critical to the distribution of potable water from the city’s treatment plant to the distribution system. Goals of the project included the replacement of a failed high service pump, and the realignment of yard piping, connecting the pump station to the city’s watermain network. Design of the yard piping improvement greatly simplified the existing distribution piping, while adding redundancy and operational flexibility. Jones & Henry also designed a replacement pump for the failed equipment, which utilizes a variable frequency drive to provide greater operational control and the ability to “peak-shave” electricity use leading to lower energy costs. The project construction activities were staged to ensure that work was performed without water service interruptions.

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