A complex project designed to treat wastewater to meet stringent regulatory requirements was recognized with a Common Ground award that applauds successful collaboration benefiting the community.
The $645 million project was recognized at a Dec. 6 awards ceremony by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance, a land use, real estate and economic development advocacy organization.
The Regional Optimization Master Plan – Pima County’s single largest capital improvement project ever – was initiated in 2006 to reduce the amount of nitrogen in the effluent discharged into the Santa Cruz River.
In addition to producing higher quality water and eliminating odors from the aging and soon-to-be-decommissioned Roger Road treatment plant, the project was designed to meet treatment capacity through 2030, the project’s master plan involved several years of collaboration with more than two dozen partners, including educational institutions, elected officials, neighborhood coalitions, nonprofit organizations and others in the private and public sectors.
Another project in which Pima County played a large role, The Sporting Chance Center, also was recognized among the winners with the Community Building award.
Sporting Chance, the community’s largest indoor sports complex with 40,000 square feet of space, was created through a cooperative effort between Pima County, the Southern Arizona Community Sports, Tucson Medical Center and the Tucson Conquistadores.
FC Tucson won the Common Ground Award of Distinction and credited Pima County “for helping to bring Major League Soccer Preseason to Tucson and for the renovation to Kino Sports Complex North, which included an additional practice soccer field and a brand new soccer stadium.”
“Stakeholder involvement is crucial to the success of our programs,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “The partnerships that evolve through these collaborations are beneficial in and of themselves, so it was an added honor to be recognized for processes that inspired cooperation between residents, members of the business community and their government.”
Several other Pima County projects were finalists for the award, including the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, as well as the 2012 Engineering Standards for Design & Construction of Public Sanitary Sewers, the Pima County Solid Waste Privatization, and Canoa Preserve Park.