Smallman Street Water and Sewer Project Recognized by Society of American Military Engineers
Largest project in PWSA's history wins Project of the Year at Society's annual banquet
Pittsburgh, PA – Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) attended the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) Pittsburgh Post Annual Banquet to receive the Engineering Project of the Year for the Smallman Street Water and Sewer Reconstruction Project. This $13 million project was completed in 11-months and was one of the most ambitious and fast-paced projects of its size in the Authority’s history. SAME is a national, nonprofit professional engineering society that promotes the advancement of the collective engineering capabilities of governments as well as private industry.
PWSA’s project set out to replace 7,000 feet of water lines, storm sewers, and sanitary sewers. The work was between 16 th and 21 st Streets on Smallman Street, in the heart of the Strip District. PWSA’s project management team worked closely with merchants of this historic neighborhood to accommodate busy shopping seasons and events throughout the year while still maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.
The project team canvassed the neighborhood to ensure merchants had a direct line to the PWSA construction team if they had questions or concerns, attended multiple meetings per week with the business owners in the corridor, and planned several media events throughout to promote the project. It was crucial to work with the Strip District community and remind the Pittsburgh region that businesses in the Strip remained open during the extensive work.
Since the project proceeded on time and under budget, PWSA then coordinated with Peoples Gas to replace a water line from 21 st to 23 rd Street on Smallman Street while the gas company also laid new gas lines. This extended the original scope of the project two blocks, while allowing PWSA to take advantage of the street opening and upgrade more aging infrastructure in the neighborhood.
“Considering the amount of work we set out to do, finishing this project under budget and ahead of schedule was no small feat for the Authority. This was not an easy project and I think this is proof that we have the staff and the expertise to execute major infrastructure projects successfully, all while building important partnerships with local government, local utilities, and our customers,” said Executive Director Robert A. Weimar.
“I’m very pleased with the Smallman Street project,” said Board Chairman Paul Leger. “This project is one of many to come if we are going to meet our goals of waterline renewal, combined sewer separation, and compliance with the goals our state and federal regulators have set out for us.”
SAME's Pittsburgh Post Project of the Year was jointly awarded to PWSA and the United States Army Corps of Engineer's Pittsburgh District and WSP for their Temporary Power Project in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Work is continuing in the Strip District after PWSA’s project completion, with a street redesign project lead by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure as well as the redevelopment of the Produce Terminal by a private developer.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water, sewer and stormwater authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.