City of Greater Sudbury Receives Public Works Project of the Year Award

Jan 28, 2016

The City of Greater Sudbury has been recognized with the OPWA Public Works Project of the Year Award in the category of Environment for upgrades to the Sudbury Wastewater Treatment Plant that have resulted in energy savings projected to be more than $100,000 a year. The award was presented today at the Ontario Public Works Association annual conference in Mississauga.

“The City of Greater Sudbury is very proud to accept this award on behalf of the municipal staff, consulting engineers and contractors who have achieved project excellence,” said Councillor Robert Kirwan, Chair of the City of Greater Sudbury Operations Committee.

“Over the past five years, the city has been honoured with three provincial awards and one international award for public works projects that have realized significant benefits for residents and municipal operations. Congratulations are extended to all who have contributed to this success.”

The Sudbury Wastewater Treatment Plant is over 40 years old. Its “headworks”, the initial stage to reduce the level of pollutants in wastewater treatment, was experiencing operational and maintenance issues. Construction estimates to replace the headworks with a brand new facility were in the range of $30 million.

Working with consulting engineers R.V. Anderson Associates Limited, the City of Greater Sudbury determined that a major upgrade of the existing headworks could achieve the desired results at less cost. The $11 million construction project was completed in February 2015 and took 18 months to complete.

“It’s a tremendous honour to be recognized by our peers represented by the Ontario Public Works Association,” said Tony Ceccutti, General Manager of Infrastructure Services. “This project combined the best of practical problem solving and modern innovation for an approximate $19 million construction cost avoidance along with annual savings projected to be more than $100,000 in energy costs. I extend thanks to municipal staff and contracted services for their outstanding performance.”

Established in 2001, the OPWA’s Public Works Project of the Year program was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects. 

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