Awards

2009   |   2008   |   2007   |   2006   |   2005   |   2004   |   2003

The Department of Public Works has long been recognized for its commitment to quality, innovation and service. Here is a list of the department's recent awards. Click on an award to view a larger photo of it.

2009

Buildings & Fleet Services

  • Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award (Associated General Contractors of America) – J.P. Cullen & Sons for coordinating with a variety of contractors, owner groups and state and local agencies during the City Hall Restoration Project
  • Brick and Mortar Award (Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District) – City Hall Restoration Project, right
  • Frederick I. Olson Historic Preservation Award (Milwaukee County Historical Society) – City Hall Restoration Project
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – City Hall Restoration Project
Guinness World Record can

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 30th consecutive year (Arbor Day Foundation) — awarded to the City of Milwaukee for having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance, right
  • "Tree City USA" Growth Award – City of Milwaukee for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program through improved education and public relations, planning and management, and tree inventory and analysis.

 

Sanitation

  • Winner of "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge" $5,000 cash prize for sixth consecutive year

Tree City USA

Infrastructure Services

  • Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Level designation (League of American Bicyclists) – renewed to the City of Milwaukee after receiving in 2006

    Milwaukee Water Works

  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Kilbourn Reservoir Park. The former water storage facility was transformed into a new park with sustainable landscape material.
2008

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 29th consecutive year

Sanitation

  • Winner of "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge" $5,000 cash prize for fifth consecutive year
  • Outstanding Achievement in Recycling Education Award (Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin) – City of Milwaukee for its varied and innovative approaches to recycling outreach in the community, top right
  • Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge commemoration (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – awarded to the City of Milwaukee for hosting an electronic scrap collection event to recycle unwanted household electronics such as televisions, computers, laptops, monitors and computer accessories. As a result of the collection, 91,369 pounds of unwanted electronics were recycled. Bottom right

Recycling Education Award

Earth Day Challenge

Milwaukee Water Works

  • Opflow First Place "Gimmicks & Gadgets" Award (American Water Works Association) – Operations and Maintenance staff at the Linnwood Water Treatment Plant for inventing and sharing with other utilities a tank-rinsing method that resolved a safety concern. The method saves approximately 424,000 gallons of treated water per year.
  • Wisconsin Water Association Utility Special Achievement Award for multi-year public education campaign to reduce the number of illegally opened fire hydrants in Milwaukee
  • Special Recognition from the 2008 City of Milwaukee Combined Giving Campaign for having increased employee participation by 25.6 percent over the previous year
2007

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 28th consecutive year
  • Green Star Honor Award (Professional Grounds Management Society) – City of Milwaukee’s Boulevard System
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – East Kilbourn Avenue streetscaping at Prospect Avenue
  • Lewis Play Field beautification project featured in April issue of APWA Reporter
  • Kimberly Kujoth, environmental policy analyst, featured in April issue of
    APWA Reporter

Sanitation

  • Winner of "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge" $5,000 cash prize for fourth consecutive year, right
Cans for Cash

Infrastructure Services

  • Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and $10,000 cash prize (Bruner Foundation) – Crossroads Project, consisting of the Marsupial Bridge, an urban plaza adjacent to the bridge and an innovative bus shelter on Brady and Van Buren,right
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – DPW Field Headquarters, 3850 N. 35th St.
Bruner Award

Milwaukee Water Works

  • American Water Works Association Utility Special Achievement Award for 135th anniversary activities and a public education campaign on the value of a safe, reliable drinking water supply
  • Notification from the EPA that Milwaukee Water Works’ high-quality water and monitoring system are in full compliance, five years ahead of when required, with new regulations to control disinfection byproducts
2006

Administrative Services

  • Utility Outstanding Achievement Award (U.S. Department of Transportation) – DPW Commissioner Jeff Mantes for exceptional accomplishment in the category of utility relocation, greater than $100 million, right

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 27th consecutive year

Sanitation

  • Winner of "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge" $5,000 cash prize for third consecutive year
Utility Achievement Award

Infrastructure Services

  • Wisconsin’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Honor Award – Marsupial Pedestrian Bridge and Urban Plaza
  • AIA Wisconsin Design Honor Award – Booth Street Stairs
  • AIA Wisconsin Design Merit Award – Historic Third Ward Riverwalk
  • Engineering Achievement Award (Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers) – Marsupial Bridge
  • Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Level designation (League of American Bicyclists) – City of Milwaukee, right
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Sixth Street Bridge
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Marsupial Bridge under Holton Street Viaduct
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Booth Street Stairs at North Commerce Street
  • Faculty Design Award (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) – Grace E. La from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for her work on the Marsupial Bridge
Bike Friendly Community

Milwaukee Water Works

  • George Warren Fuller Award (American Water Works Association) – Carrie M. Lewis, superintendent of the Milwaukee Water Works. The award is the drinking water industry’s highest honor. Lewis was the first woman in Wisconsin to receive the award for leadership and contribution toward the advancement of the water works practice.
2005

Administrative Services

  • Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association Innovation Award – DPW Commissioner Jeff Mantes for the Canal Street Project

    Buildings & Fleet Services

  • National Historic Landmark designation – City Hall

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 26th consecutive year

Sanitation

  • Guinness World Record for the longest continuous line of aluminum cans – awarded to the City of Milwaukee for placing 33,952 cans in a 1.35 mile line as part of the 2004 "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge," last can in line shown on right
  • Winner of "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge" $5,000 cash prize for second consecutive year

Infrastructure Services

  • Wisconsin’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Award – Brady Street Bus Shelter at corner of Brady and Van Buren

    Milwaukee Water Works

  • Milwaukee Water Works recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its relationships with local, state and national health and environmental agencies in a program of enteric disease surveillance and response. The Inter-Agency Clean Water Advisory Council was cited in the 2005 EPA publication, "Security Information Collaboratives: A Guide for Water Utilities. "
2004

Buildings & Fleet Services

  • Buildings & Fleet Superintendent Venu J. Gupta featured in a "Member Profile" article in the American Public Works Association’s magazine, the APWA Reporter

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 25th consecutive year

Sanitation

  • "Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge" $5,000 cash prize (United States Conference of Mayors, Novelist Corporation and Keep America Beautiful Inc.) – awarded to the City of Milwaukee for collecting the most aluminum cans compared to cities with populations greater than 250,000, right

Infrastructure Services

  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Historic Third Ward Riverwalk
Cans For Cash check

Milwaukee Water Works

  • Leon A. Smith Award (Wisconsin Water Association) – Water Distribution Manager Laura Daniels for her distinguished service to the WWA and for exceptional activity on behalf of the water industry. Daniels currently serves as Administration and Projects Manager for the Milwaukee Water Works
  • Top 10 Public Works Projects Awards – Stormwater/Flood Control/Water Quality Winner (American Public Works Association - Wisconsin) – North Avenue Dam Removal on the Milwaukee River, right
  • Top 10 Public Works Projects Awards – Water Supply & Distribution Honorable Mention (APWA - Wisconsin) – Milwaukee Water Works’ Ozone Treatment System, right
  • Grade "A" in a report card by Men’s Health Magazine for water quality. Only 12 of 101 cities received an "A."
Top 10 Public Works Projects Award
2003

Environmental Services

Forestry

  • Downtown Green Thumb Award (Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District) — Kilbourn Avenue planter project, right
  • "Tree City USA" designation for the 24th consecutive year (Arbor Day Foundation) — awarded to the City of Milwaukee for having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance
Green Thumb Award

Infrastructure Services

  • Engineering Excellence Best of State Award (American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin) – Sixth Street Viaduct, right
  • Riverworks Business Improvement District plaque – Capitol Drive Streetscape Project
  • National Steel Bridge Alliance Bridge Competition Merit Award – Sixth Street Viaduct
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Miller Brewery Streetscaping

    Milwaukee Water Works

  • Gold Award for Competitiveness Achievement (Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies) – awarded to Milwaukee Water Works for a reorganization that streamlined work flow, cross-trained employees and optimized automation in operations
Engineering Excellence Award