Well done!

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about colleagues who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

This issue, you’ll hear about employees assisting in large and small ways on COVID testing, some national recognition for Wastewater Reclamation and our Public Libraries and a Pima County visitor who has found solace on The Loop.

Answering the COVID call

COVID testingIn recent weeks, the County has worked with community partners to set up three free COVID-19 testing sites, with additional sites expected soon. All that has taken a lot of planning and teamwork.

Health Communications staff members Aaron Pacheco, Bonnie Leko-Shapiro and Caitlin Jensen, who have been newly transferred to County Communications, have played a key role in getting the word out about testing sites at the Kino Event Center, Ellie Towne Community Center and the Udall Center.

Sharon Zaher, Bryce Potter, James Thornton, and Edward Diaz from the Information Technology Department have kept webpages updated. Teresa Bravo (Attractions and Tourism) and Richard Wascher (Health) have translated all information into Spanish. 

At the testing sites, staff from the Stadium District were instrumental in logistical planning at the Kino Event Center. NRPR staff played a similar role getting things set up at the Ellie Towne Center.

Lastly, employees from Graphic Services quickly designed maps, signs, banners and more to direct members of the public to the testing sites. And Print Shop staff printed and delivered signs, floor stickers, directional signs and much more.

Wastewater earns honors

Congratulations to employees with Pima County's Regional Wastewater Reclamation Division for two recent awards.

The Conveyance Division-CIP Group earned national recognition for its Tres Ríos Water Reclamation Facility Nutrient Recovery Project (NRP), which received the National Award of Merit in the Water/Wastewater category from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

RWRD collaborated with Wisconsin-based Schwing Bioset, a company that pioneers and develops high-performance material handling solutions that offer a phosphate and nitrogen recovery technology. Schwing Bioset is a Belgium-based Nutrient Recovery Systems and a first in the United States.

The success of the NRP highlights not only an extraordinary project, but also how a project team went well beyond achieving cost, schedule, and quality goals, demonstrating unique applications of design-build practices. Tres Ríos Water Reclamation’s Nutrient Recovery Facility will reduce operations and maintenance costs while capturing phosphorous as a struvite, which has a market value as a fertilizer additive and has the potential to increase revenue streams. The NRP began May 10, 2018, with a contract price of $7,500,000 and finished July 29, 2020, with a final cost of $7,400,000, which was $100,000 below budget.

Tres Rios facilityIn addition, Wastewater’s Design and Implementation Team received AZ Water's Gimmicks and Gadgets Award for creating a safety guard to place over manhole covers.

This award highlights the significant effort, communication, and collaboration of the RWRD Conveyance Division, RWRD Safety Office, B & F Contracting, a B & F subcontractor, and Precision Tool and Construction Supply.

Currently, 40 safety guards are in use in the Conveyance Division. 

Library's work featured

Recently, the Urban Libraries Council had the opportunity to contribute an article for the National Association of Counties’ CountyNews periodical. The article highlighted the many ways that ULC libraries have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to support their communities and it included Pima County Public Library’s work as an example. 

Find if on Page 14 of the Aug. 3 edition of NACo CountyNews

Loop eases stress for visitor

Jeremy Rose, a visitor from Minneapolis shared his gratitude for being able to use The Chuck Huckelberry Loop during a difficult time:

“A month ago, I came to Arizona to take care of my aging father. I found a bicycle to borrow, and have managed to get out for an early morning bike ride almost every day. I've done 266 miles of biking in July, most of it on the loop trail. It has been a pure joy, and I have deeply appreciated how well-maintained, well-marked, and consistently beautiful the Loop trail is. And I come from Minnesota, known as the most bike-friendly state in the nation! So I just want to send a hearty thank you for the trail, something that has made a stressful month far less stressful. What a gift!”
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