2015 National Award Winners from Georgia Cha ....

The Georgia Chapter is proud to announce that three 2015 Chapter Award winners (Brown, Abraham, and City of Decatur Public Works Building) were also selected as National APWA Award Winners and will be recognized at the National Congress in Phoenix Arizona.

A snapshot of each of the National Award Recipients is shown below.

Stan Brown - 2015 APWA Top 10 Public Works Leader 

Stan Brown has worked in local government for over 27 years, holding various public works, engineering, and management positions in Georgia, Colorado and Wyoming. His areas of expertise are visioning, strategic planning, capital project management, transportation engineering, and water and wastewater system engineering and management. During his career, Brown has had the opportunity, and good fortune, to oversee two wastewater treatment plants which were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as national plants of the year. 

Brown received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1982 and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of West Georgia in 1995. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Georgia, and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve whose recent military service included deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan. Brown was awarded the U.S. Army’s Bronze Star Medal for exceptional and meritorious service as a facility engineer commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Stan Brown is active in the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council, has served as Chairman of the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, serves as Executive Secretary for the Hall County Joint Municipal Association Executive Committee, founding Chairman of the Hall County Green Alliance, Chairman of the APWA Small Cities and Rural Communities Committee, Chairman of the APWA Georgia Chapter Awards Committee and President of APWA Georgia Chapter Northeast GA Branch. Designated a Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) by APWA, Brown mentors public works professionals enrolled in the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence. 

It is with much pride that we announce that Stan was also selected to receive the APWA National Top Ten Public Works Leader Award, the crowning achievement in the Public Works profession.  Stan will join only 6 others from the Georgia Chapter to ever receive this award which is a testament to the true nature of this accomplishment.  Stan will be recognized by his peers at a National level at the National APWA Congress in Phoenix Arizona. 

Deborah Abraham - 2015 APWA Manager of the Year - Facility and Grounds

Deborah Abraham has proven to be an exceptional leader and Professional Manager of Columbus Consolidated Government, City of Columbus, Georgia. She was hired in 1999 to fill a temporary position in the Department of Public Works. Proving herself to be an outstanding employee, she was later promoted to full time status. In 2004, Ms. Abraham became the first female crew leader for the Cemetery Division. In 2005, her hard work and dedication paid off when her abilities secured her the position of Department of Public Works- Cemetery Division Manager. Her responsibilities include the management of four historical cemeteries covering an area of 120 combined acres, maintaining and updating over 35,000 individual records, and working with the public to research and locate family plots and lots. On a daily basis, she manages a crew of employees, inmates, and community service laborers who maintain the grounds and prepare sites for funeral services.

Ms. Abraham will also receive National recognition at APWA’s National Congress as she was selected to receive the National award for this category a true testament to her professionalism.

City of Decatur Eloise T. Leveritt - 2015 APWA Project of the Year - Structure ($5M to $25M)

The original Eloise T. Leveritt Building was completed in 1975 as a headquarters for the City of Decatur’s public works divisions. Recently completed improvements include space for the current public works (Solid Waste Collection, Facilities Maintenance, Engineering and Motor Maintenance) as well as additional space for the City’s new Design, Environment and Construction division (building permitting and inspections) so that residents, developers and contractors will have one stop for obtaining plan reviews and permits. The new facility also includes space for the City Schools of Decatur’s facilities maintenance staff. 

The new exterior facade is compatible with the evolving, mixed-use neighborhood where the building is located. The project incorporates the City’s design guidelines for pedestrian streetscape improvements. The building received LEED Gold certification. 
The construction cost was approximately $7 million.

This project will also receive National recognition at APWA’s National Congress as it was selected to receive the National award for this category. Congratulations on this significant achievement!

The Managing agency was: The City of Decatur
The Design Consultant was: Stevens & Wilkinson
The Prime Contractor was: Hogan Construction Group
 


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