Award recognizes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects
Lanzo Construction Co., a division of Lanzo Companies, was part of the winning project team recognized by the American Public Works Assn. (APWA) and presented with the APWA 2013 Project of the Year—Environment Award—more than $75 million. As part of the City of Marathon's Sewer, Stormwater, Reclaimed Water and Road Rehab project team, the company was honored for its work as the primary contractor on Marathon's Service Area 5 Wastewater and Stormwater Project in the Florida Keys. The award recognizes the alliance between the managing agency, consultant, architect, engineer and contractor, who, working together, complete public works projects.
Lanzo Construction’s work on the multi-year project along the 13-mile long string of islands that comprise the city of Marathon included the installation of a new AirVac Vacuum sewage collection system, which incorporates low pressure, vacuum main and gravity technologies in various locations in the project. It also included an onsite storm water management system to treat and dispose of runoff from city roads and adjacent areas, and custom curb work to control surface water and pavement restoration on the existing roads. According to James Tilli, assistant project manager of Lanzo Construction on the project, “The installation was made more complex due to the need for heavy-duty trenching equipment and the excavation of caprock formation throughout the project.”
Through the city’s planning efforts and coordination with government entities, the city was able to fund a sustainable project—one that benefits future generations by the creation of a master wastewater collection system reducing pollutant loading into near-shore waters, bolstering the health of the world’s third-largest coral reef system.