Main Street Program wins Lacombe APWA Alberta Award

Left to Right: Peter McDowell, APWA Alberta Chapter President and Council Of Chapters Delegate; Jordan Thompson, City of Lacombe Director of Planning and Operations; Matthew Goudy, City of Lacombe Chief Administrative Officer; Bradley Moore, Stantec Consulting Project Engineer; and Dan Willis, Project Manager Pidherney’s Inc. during the presentation of the APWA Alberta Project of the Year Award. Photo supplied

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The City of Lacombe’s Main Street Program is now officially award-winning.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, it received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Alberta Chapter’s 2018 Project of the Year Award for the $5-$10 million category during the APWA’s 2018 Excellence in Public Works Conference and Tradeshow at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.

The award recognized excellence in construction, management and administration of public works projects in the province.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the APWA,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “This project was a true revitalization, which took Lacombe’s downtown from its 19th century roots and readied it for the 21st century, to ensure continued prosperity for the community.”

The City of Lacombe’s Main Street was completely torn apart and impassible to traffic making its way through the city in October 2017. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

The Main Street Program began in 2015 when sanitary sewer issues were identified as a result of age. The scope of the project bloomed into a $6.75 million downtown revitalization, which included the necessary repair and upgrade work to the sanitary sewer, as well as lighting and safety improvements, the closure of the south end of 49th St. downtown, as well as minor aesthetic improvements.

“The Main Street Project was a unique project with a significant historical context, in which the whole spectrum of public works was combined,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy. “Our creativity was tested, many technical challenges were overcome, and strong stakeholder collaboration was key to the successful outcome of this project.”

The final phase of the project, which included minor deficiency correction work, the paving of the road, and installation of planter hangers, was completed over the summer. The project was completed on schedule, and under budget.

“At the city, we also recognize the value of the ongoing work done by APWA Alberta Chapter to improve the quality of public works products and services to Albertans,” said City of Lacombe Director of Planning and Operations Jordan Thompson. “Our team from Stantec, Pidherney’s and the city are proud of Lacombe and were all vital in making the Main Street Project a success.”